Not Just A Box
In the late 1940's there was a growing demand for low-cost and easily portable shelters, combined with the rapid rise in construction labour costs, giving rise to the growth of the steel building systems industry. In the early days a “pre-engineered” building was characterized by galvanized sheet steel roof and wall panels, moderate spans, light framing or self-framing, and a look of functional utility. Not much thought was given to aesthetics because the market was largely industrial and agricultural.
By 1960, pre-painted sheet steel panels had been developed which gave the customer a choice of several attractive colours. Over the years architects have found ways of using the advantages of the variety of pre-painted sheet steel products, combined with other building materials like wood, concrete, stone and glass, to create attractive architectural buildings for many markets.
The emergence of computer technology has also had a direct impact on the growth of the steel building systems industry. Modern technology is utilized by the manufacturer to facilitate the design and fabrication where every building becomes unique.
Rigid Frame steel building systems:
- Provide limitless design features;
- Are appropriate for small retail outlets that require intricate architectural details and large industrial facilities with integrated cranes; and
- Can have clear spans up to 300'.
Self-framing steel building systems:
- Are designed from an engineered panel requires no structural steel;
- Have limitless design combinations;
- Have 300' clear span capability;
- Provide quick and easy construction; and
- Are maintenance-free interior and exterior.