Steel Workshop Buildings: Planning & Construction Guide

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Welcome to the most exciting part of your workshop building; the building planning and constructing phase, where you will now see the fruits of your labour. Today, metal workshop designs involve new advancements in inventory control and other types of automation that were not available in the past. Any good workshop building manufacturer will provide features to make planning and constructing your steel workshop a painless process, making this phase, an easy one.

In general, steel workshop buildings are amongst the most versatile, strong, lightweight and structurally flawless buildings that currently exist. They are extremely durable, easy to customize and assemble and inexpensive as well.

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When constructing your steel workshop building there are several things to be sure of before you begin the actual assembly process. Some factors to consider during the planning stages include:

Land: Land selection and preparation is the first step in getting your steel workshop. How much room do you have for what size building? Are there any building load restrictions to consider about building type or location? These are things to consider and look into before choosing the site for your building.

Foundation: Most people prefer a concrete slab upon which to build their steel building. However this is not always standard as local weather patterns and individual building specifications are taken into consideration. Average costs for a concrete foundation will run between $2 and $4 per square foot for materials and between $2 and $4 per square foot for professional labor. This is a total concrete slab costs-estimate of between $4 and $8 per square foot for your foundation.

Quonset Design Options: There are several design options available for steel workshops, choosing one depends on you. The following are some possibilities:

P-Model: With its high sidewall clearance, the P-Model is perfect for a back yard garage or workshop, a single or multiple car garage, equipment shelter, and more. Ranging in size from 14' to 30' wide with unlimited lengths, these versatile buildings can be easily customized to fit your home's décor.

P-Model Building

A Model: The A-Model building features a 4:12 roof pitch ideal for steel frame workshops & garages in high-snow load areas. These are more conventional in appearance, they have straight sides and a peaked roof and are available in standard sizes that range, in two foot increments from 16' (4.87m) to 40' (12.46m) wide, with varying centre heights and unlimited lengths

Q-Model: The Q-Model design suits many applications: grain and livestock storage, backyard workshops, boat and automobile storage, retail outlets, distribution centers, airplane hangars, and more. This model maximizes useable interior space with no poles, beams or obstructions and is available in sizes from 20' to 100' wide with unlimited lengths.

Q-Model Quonset Hut

S-Model: The S-Model is great for: workshops, warehouses, distribution centers, storage sheds, and more. This model boasts high sidewall clearance for maximum vertical storage and a column-free interior for maximum floor space.

S-Model Quonset Building

Once you have chosen your land and the design, it’s time for the fun part. It’s time to get building. Steel building kits usually come with a complete set of all the components required to construct a metal building. They come with pre-drilled holes and bolts to join the individual components together, like a large 3D jigsaw puzzle, to form the structure in a step-by-step method. The components are cut using computer technology for maximum accuracy. With 70 percent of the work done on the ground, pre-engineered buildings are designed for quick and easy construction. The parts may vary depending on what type of building is required and on the model, but in general most metal building kits will consist of the following:

Arches: Arched panels that can be raised and bolted together to create one long, solid structure which form the roof section and the two side walls of the building. Having arches in sections makes it easy to extend the length of steel buildings by simply adding more arches. Arches maximize the amount of floor space that can be used inside the building as they require no support columns.

Base Connector and Anchor Bolts: Base connectors attach arches and end wall panels to the concrete foundation using anchor bolts.

Construction manual: All steel building kits should come with a manual providing a list of all of the components included and a step-by-step breakdown of how to assemble the structure.

Open framework: Metal-framed openings that are designed for doors and windows which will be installed into the end walls.

Vents: Designed to be installed into the end walls or roof, vents increase air circulation which helps to eliminate damp caused by condensation.


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Author: Conrad Mackie