Steel Building Systems, Inc
The most economical shape for pre-engineered steel buildings remains the basic rectangle. While practical for most industrial, agricultural, and storage applications, commercial enterprises sometime require more visual interest.
We can further improve a structure by adding structural “pop-outs,” as another example of a great steel building idea.
First, let’s cover some a couple of basics in pre-engineered steel building construction.
In a clear span steel building, the two steel columns bolted together with two rafter beams create a single “frame. The frames run the length of the structure, much like ribs supporting the skeleton of the building.
Typically, frames are spaced 20’-25’ apart. The distance between the frames is called a “bay.”
The frames continue for the length of the structure, creating the basic rectangle of the building.
Adding smaller frames outside the main structure creates pop-outs. This adds square footage to the structure while breaking up the rectangular shape of the building. Pop-outs can be added at either the end wall or sidewall.
Pop-outs offer many practical uses.
For example, a pop-out section on a church, hotel, medical building, school, or nursing home could create a protected drop-off porte cochére. Warehouses and manufacturing plants with towering ceilings might use a lower ceiling pop-out for offices. Hospital, hotels, and business offices often add a pop-out for lobby space or an eye-catching foyer.
There are several considerations when planning a building with pop-outs.
Call one of RHINO’s experienced steel building specialists today to discuss your metal building project. They will discuss all the ways to “dress up” a steel building to meet your building criteria. They know the most economical configurations to meet your expectations— and your budget.
The RHINO toll free number is 888.320.7466. Get started on your dream building project today and get more steel building ideas with RHINO.