Prefabricated metal building kits use offsite design to create a more streamlined construction process using the industry’s most durable, long-lasting materials. As a result, some prefab steel buildings can be put together without so much as the help of a contractor. As projects get bigger and more heavily customized, you may need to consider bringing in outside help.
We’re frequently asked, ‘Will I need to hire an architect to design my prefabricated steel building?’ In most cases, an architect won’t be necessary. Our design team works hard to create the perfect metal framework for practically any project, complete with your customizations like overhead doors and blanket insulation. There are times, however, that you may find it appropriate to bring in an outside architect to get your blueprints just right for the exact use of your building.
Should I hire an architect for my prefabricated metal building?
In order to truly understand which projects need architects, you’ll need to know the major differences between prefab steel and traditional construction methods. Organic building materials like wood create structures that depend on load-bearing interior walls. When you make the switch to steel for your project, you are presented with a few options:
- Light gauge steel is a cost-effective solution that’s ideal for smaller footprints. While significantly stronger to the elements that their wood counterparts, light gauge steel structures still depend on load-bearing walls.
- I-Beam steel construction offers unlimited opportunities for customization that steel buildings are known for. Without the need for load-bearing interior walls, you’re free to design up to 200 feet of interior width any way that you’d like, without sacrificing strength.
- Cold-Formed steel buildings use column and rafter assembly to create buildings in a time crunch. Most buyers choose cold-formed steel for their ability to be manufactured and delivered in 2-4 weeks.
No matter which building system suits your particular needs, your prefabricated metal building plans will come approved by a structural engineer licensed in your area. But as your interior layout becomes more complex, you may benefit from the help of an experienced architect to layout wiring, plumbing, and an efficient floor plan. Depending on your local environment, an architect may also be useful for determining proper building placement, taking into consideration wind direction, drainage, and easements.
How do I find a prefab metal building architect in my area?
Designing, manufacturing, and erecting prefabricated metal buildings is a streamlined process that saves you both time and money. We recommend bringing your architect on board as early as possible to prevent costly changes in the middle of the construction process. While working with your Coastal Steel Structures representative, we can provide you with a list of highly recommended contractors and architects in your area. We only recommend using building professionals with extensive experience in prefab metal technology. Your architect should work alongside us to ensure that every customization is taken into consideration before the building components are manufactured.
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