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Pre-Engineered Steel Construction vs Conventional Steel Construction

It's impossible to overstate the importance of steel to the global infrastructure market.

Despite changes happening in construction, steel prices have soared through January and February 2021.


But how do you know if conventional or pre-engineered steel construction is right for your building project?

Here's our guide.


Pre-Engineered Steel Construction


Pre-engineered steel construction is all about simplicity. Not every building needs to aspire to be an original masterpiece. Sometimes, all you need is four external walls produced fast and efficiently.


Pre-engineered steel construction removes engineers and architects from the design and building process. This is why this type of building is often referred to as being more streamlined.


So how does it work? It's the same idea as putting together a piece of Ikea furniture. Pre-made sections and connections are erected and joined on site.


Pre-engineered pieces take the guessing and trial-and-error out of traditional construction projects. Everything is known before anyone steps foot on the building site.

This equates to faster turnaround times, more efficient use of materials, and less clean-up. All of this means fewer people to pay.


As you might have guessed pre-engineered steel construction is perfect for some projects, but not so much for others.


For example, corporations that mass-produce many simple buildings benefit. This is because these types of projects are usually concerned with cost and efficiency. Think office building projects, storage facilities, gas stations, and restaurant chains.


Conventional Steel Construction


Steel is one of the most-used materials in construction because of its durability and flexibility. Steel can be shaped into nearly any shape or design.


Conventional building and construction is a step-by-step process that's infamously slow. Creating something original or never-been-done requires a lot more steps and advisement than something that's pre-engineered.


This obviously has its benefits. If you're wanting to build a one-of-a-kind, stand-out building like a hotel in Las Vegas, you'll likely go with conventional steel construction.

A luxury Las Vegas hotel is more concerned with quality, uniqueness, and marketability than a corporate office building is. When you compare these two types of buildings, it's easy to see how the construction process and priorities differ.


A luxury hotel is a lot more complex. It requires unconventional framing and design that borders on art. There's more trial-and-error in a conventional steel construction build.

This leads to more waste, higher labor costs, and more consulting from engineers and architects.


Conventional construction takes longer and is more expensive than pre-engineered construction. But, it's also behind some of the world's most famous steel buildings and structures.


Conventional or Pre-Engineered?


Steel construction isn't going anywhere. But, we're always finding ways to innovate the way we fabricate and erect steel buildings and infrastructure.


Hopefully, after this article, you have a clearer understanding of which type of steel construction is right for your project.


Still, have questions? We have over 40 years of experience in commercial and industrial steel construction.


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