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Prefabricated Steel Buildings

Prefabricated Steel Buildings are cut to length, welded to shape, drilled, and punched at the factory. The kit ships from the factory, going directly to the job site for assembly.

They should be extremely easy to assemble that the installers or erectors can follow the instructions easily. Each piece is clearly marked for easy identification. The whole building erects step-by-step in a logical manner, with high-strength bolts and self-drilling screws. It is much like a giant erector set.

Prefabricated Steel Buildings typically require one-third less time to build than other structures. This not only saves time, but it makes buildings more affordable than traditional construction stick-built methods.

Sometimes they are also referred to as pre-engineered steel buildings. They are widely used in many types of industrial buildings.


The advantages of building with prefab steel are numerous:


A prefab structure is created at the manufacturer to precise specifications. Each structure is designed for easy assembly, which cuts back on raw material waste.

Site work, such as preparation and foundation placement, can be completed concurrently as the building is being manufactured. Once complete, the structure is shipped with all required hardware to the job site where it is put together. While this still requires skilled labour, the time to complete installation is significantly shorter than if all fabrication took place in the field. Shorter construction times translate into lower labour costs and earlier return on investments.


Prefabricated steel buildings are designed at the manufacturer with the help of automated machinery and procedures such as 3-D modelling. These quality control measures ensure that the materials used have the highest strength-to-weight ratio possible, are up to national steel building codes, and meet all of the construction requirements of your job. The result of the prefab process is a steel that is more predictable and less susceptible to site-to-site inconsistencies.


Whatever you want out of your structure, it can be created from steel at the manufacturer. Warehouses, retail spaces, storage units, and even homes are all ideal for steel since it can be designed to match the surrounding environment or to stand out as a wonder of architecture. Panels with the textures, colours, and shapes of other materials can be packaged together. If, in time, you need more out of your building, a steel frame can be easily added to and expanded upon by adding or removing interior walls, shifting frame openings, and even adding stories.


With its renowned ability to be re-used again and again, steel is the greenest building material out there. In fact, it is 100% recyclable. Steel does not give off toxic fumes during the construction process or in the event of a fire. Beyond this, prefab steel structures are easily insulated and can be fixed with eco-friendly windows and doors.


- Pre-designed, pre-engineered & prefabricated materials, reduce time and errors on the jobsite

- Bolted connections allow for faster assembly on the jobsite

- The lighter materials, steel vs wood & tilt-up allow for less foundations

- Prefabricated steel buildings are 30-50% faster to construct than concrete buildings.

- Steel buildings are recyclable, steel is a green material

- Prefabricated steel buildings allow for cost savings in foundation work and labour.

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