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How Wide is a Clear Span Metal Building?

Defining the Maximum Unobstructed Space possible for Steel Buildings To maximize the usable space in a pre-engineered metal building, it is sometimes necessary to create a completely open or “clear span” design. The strength and durability of steel make it the material of choice for clear span structures. Since steel is the strongest building material available, it is able to extend the farthest without structural support columns. Pre-engineered clear span metal buildings eliminate the need for support columns or posts,… Read More

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What is a Clear Span Steel Building?

Defining “Clear Span” as applied to Pre-engineered Metal Buildings “Clear span” is a term used in construction for both buildings and bridges. This article explains the definition of clear span as applied to pre-engineered clear span steel buildings. The Span of a Structure The span of a building is the width of the framing. Pre-engineered clear span steel buildings are self-supporting. No support columns are required to support the building. Therefore, the inside span from outside column to outside column… Read More

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7 Benefits of Inorganic Prefab Steel Buildings

Why Pre-engineered Metal Buildings are the Smart Choice Steel has long been the preferred choice for commercial, industrial, agricultural, and institutional construction.  Because steel is inorganic, prefab steel buildings offer many advantages over an organic building material like wood. 1. Steel is consistent. Nature, while endlessly beautiful, creates organic materials which are endlessly variable and unique.  But such inconsistency does not make the best building material. No two species of wood are exactly alike in strength.  No two trees of… Read More

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What is a Metal Building System?

An Investment in Quality Soaring high-rise structures like towering skyscrapers come to mind when most people hear the term “commercial buildings.”   However, 90% of all commercial buildings contain only one or two stories and less than 25,000 square feet.  More and more budget-minded, quality-conscious investors find a pre-engineered metal building system works best for low-rise commercial buildings. The metal building industry sells over 40,000 metal building kits per year, according to Metal Construction News.  Only about 50% of sales are… Read More

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Comparing Pre-engineered Steel Building Costs

How Extreme Building Codes Affect Your Metal Building Bottom Line Location must be addressed when engineering a prefabricated steel building.  Local building codes designed to mitigate risk in a natural disaster influence final steel building prices. For example, in coastal areas where hurricane-force winds are likely, local building codes will require a higher wind load.  The seismic load must increases in earthquake-prone regions.  Areas with large amounts of snow require stronger snow loads. Higher loads may require more steel, heavier… Read More

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Building Codes and Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

How Recent Natural Disasters Affect Steel Building Construction We’ve all watched in awe as natural disasters strike with increasing frequency and violence.  Blizzards, hurricanes, floods, lightning, tornado outbreaks, wildfires, and earthquakes dominate the news.  Property damages often run into billions of dollars.  Homes, and buildings for agriculture, commercial enterprises, and industrial businesses, must be ready to face the increasing risks.  RHINO prefabricated metal buildings stand ready to meet the challenges. Building Codes For Structures— Including Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings Building codes… Read More

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Standard or Custom Steel Buildings?

The Choice that Makes a Big Difference in Metal Building Costs All the steel building Web sites and brochures talk about standard steel buildings and custom built metal buildings. What do those terms really mean? Standard versus Custom Steel Buildings At RHINO, a “standard” order is a basic box design with a moderate gable or single slope roofline up to a 4:12 pitch and with an 8’ to 40’ height. A design classified as a “custom” requires unusual or more… Read More

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Steel Buildings 101: Part 3— Endwall Steel Framing

In the first two “Steel Buildings 101” articles, we discussed primary framing and secondary framing basics.  This last article in the series covers endwall framing. Steel Building Endwalls: Post-and-Beam There are three basic types of endwalls in pre-engineered metal buildings. The RHINO standard building endwall illustrated at right is called a POST-and-BEAM endwall, or a BEARING endwall.  Endwall POSTS within the endwall help support the load. The post-and-beam endwall only carries half the load of the bay, so lighter C-channel… Read More

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Steel Buildings 101: Part 2— Secondary Steel Framing

High-tech advances in design software and steel production have decreased the cost of pre-engineered structural steel framing.  Now produced in large-scale factories, prefabrication makes steel buildings and steel framing systems assemble quickly and easily, reducing construction costs, too. Result?  The strongest building material is now also the most economical for most low-rise construction.  You get the best building at the best price for all your agricultural, commercial, industrial, and storage building projects. Steel Buildings: Secondary Framing In Part 1 of… Read More

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Steel Buildings 101: Part 1— Primary Steel Framing

Learning the Basic Parts of Pre-engineered Steel Buildings Pre-engineered steel frame building kits dominate low-rise agricultural, commercial, industrial, and storage construction in today’s market. Why? Recent advances in design software are drastically minimizing engineering and manufacturing time, while maximizing productivity.  Precise calculations adjust for the loads required on metal building frames and automatically design steel frame building kits with the most efficient use of materials. RHINO metal building packages arrive at the site with all the steel framing pieces prefabricated,… Read More

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