Steel Chemical Storage Buildings

For Safe & Efficient Storage of Hazardous Materials

A whole class of pre-engineered steel buildings are now specially designed for Chemical Storage. The structures meet or exceed model safety codes and standards – be they federal, state / provincial, or international - and they hold numerous advantages over any other form of construction tailored to hazardous material storage. The following quotation introduces some the advantages of pre-engineered buildings for this application:

“Pre-engineered buildings offer an economical solution to many hazardous materials storage issues. They usually feature lower costs per square foot than site-erected buildings. Also, they have no associated architectural and engineering fees if they are standard products and few fees if they are special orders. Plus, there are minimal contractor's fees, usually just the cost of a simple concrete pad to support the weight of the building, and they can easily be relocated to meet future expansion plans.” 1

This is from a spectacular article titled 'Taking the Hazards out of HAZMAT storage,' that was written by Paul Graham in 2002, for Occupational Hazards Magazine. The article shows how pre-engineered buildings have revolutionized HAZMAT Storage, and that they really have no comparable competition. BuildingsGuide highly recommends this article for anyone who is considering the purchase of a building for industrial storage, or any building that must be HAZMAT approved, for that matter.


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Responsible Hazmat Storage Solutions

In another article titled, 'Chemical Storage: Myths vs Reality,' produced for the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, the authors note the following concern with HAZMAT storage: because of the sensitive nature of the materials being stored in many cases, “activities such as maintenance, building modifications, etc., must all be carefully controlled and reviewed to ensure that these activities can be performed safely.” 2 Pre-engineered steel buildings can often be expanded with minimal disruption to interior operations, and this advantage can save a HAZMAT storage operation considerable costs if they decide to make additions.

So pre-engineered steel Chemical Storage buildings will cost less at purchase, to erect, and in future expansion - but their advantages do not end there. Because they have been specifically designed with codes, standards, and safety in mind, “they often result in the most economical insurance premiums, because damage and loss is confined to one detached, prefabricated building. Also, when anchored properly, such buildings may be considered permanent installations by the LAHJ and result in (even) more favourable insurance premiums.” 1

Despite being anchored to the ground in this manner, they can still be considered a form of “equipment” that is needed for business, and as such, may be depreciated for tax purposes. This constitutes a considerable price saving, as illustrated in our section on depreciation in our article on Steel Warehouses. Paul Graham further points out, “As (equipment), they represent no property improvement and, therefore, are subject to no additional property taxes.”1

Pre-engineered storage plants put the safety of your employees and the environment first, cost less than any other storage solution, erect the fastest, and continue to save and make you money throughout their warranty-protected lifetimes. “Take the Hazards out of HAZMAT” 1 with a prefab steel building.

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  1. Quotes appeared in 'Taking the Hazards out of HAZMAT Storage,' written for
    Occupational Hazards, Vol. 64 (2002), Issue 7 (July), p43.  The article was produced by Paul Graham, when he was owner and president of C&I Consultants, who contributed to Safety Standards & Codes, U.S.-wide and internationally.  Now he is with Safety Storage Inc. and can be reached at: paulg[at]
  2. From the article, 'Chemical Storage: Myths vs Reality,' that appeared in the following:
    Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Vol. 15 (2008), Issue 2 (March/April), p23 – Contributed by Numerous Authors