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RHINO Prefab Buildings versus Wood Buildings

Wood vs. Prefab Metal Buildings in Natural Disasters Let’s look at how RHINO prefab buildings and wood-framed structures perform under pressure. Building for Endurance When building, it is important to think long-term.  First, what are the natural challenges facing structures in your location? Secondly, how safe is the structure you plan to build?  How will it hold up against earthquakes,…

Aftermath of 2017 Mexico City Earthquake

What Worked—and What Didn’t One year after the devastating Mexico City earthquake, rebuilding continues.  The 7.1 tremblor rocked not only buildings and lives, but also construction guidelines and governmental policies. Historic Shaking in Mexico Ironically, the 2017 quake hit on September 19, the 32nd anniversary of the 8.1 megaquake.  The 1985 killed over 10,000 residents of Mexico City. Although far…

How We Measure Earthquakes

Richter, Moment Magnitude, and Mercalli Earthquake Scales When hearing about recent earthquakes, the first thing everyone wants to know is the quake’s magnitude.  Having a number to define the strength of the tremblor allows us to gauge how the quake compares to other historical earthquakes. But what does the designated earthquake magnitude actually mean? Below are some earthquake measurement facts.…

Steel Buildings in Earthquakes

Designing Solid Structures for Shaky Ground The performance of pre-engineered steel buildings in earthquakes is nothing short of amazing. How do we know? Building code officials and structural engineers study the performance of various building types under duress.  After every natural calamity, they examine which buildings failed and which withstood the stresses forced on them.  Their goal is to insure…

Steel Buildings for Welding Shops

Part 2: Prefab Metal Buildings vs. Weld-up Buildings Our last blog established that steel buildings are the only safe choice for welding shops. Now let’s look at the framing choices. As an experienced welder, your first instinct is to weld-up your own shop, but is that really the smartest choice? Before you build, compare the pros and cons of weld-up…

Building Strong with Prefab Metal Buildings

Part 2: Safer Structures in Earthquakes and Snowstorms Our previous blog covered how prefab metal buildings provide extra protection against windstorms, floods, and fires. Now let’s look at some of the other types of natural disasters inflicting billion-dollar structural damage. Prefab Steel Buildings in Earthquakes The devastating earthquakes in Mexico last month killed hundreds of people, emphasizing the need for…

Metal Building Construction Loads 101

Part 2: Understanding Environmental Loads Part one of this series on construction loads covered the basics of dead loads and live loads. Now let’s look at the additional loads old Mother Nature inflicts on structures. Planning for nature’s violent vicissitudes is tricky. No one knows exactly the strength hurricane-force winds will blow. Who can guess how much snow can accumulate…

Combating the Cost of Calamities with Steel Buildings

Metal Buildings Outperform Other Structures in Natural Disasters In the wake of the devastating natural disasters recently inflicted on the U.S., building stronger structures like steel buildings is vital. Choosing to build structures to stand up to Mother Nature at her worst just makes sense. Counting the Cost of Catastrophic Events The escalating cost of natural disasters in the U.S.…

A Steel Storage Building to the Rescue

How a Steel Warehouse Survived the San Francisco Earthquake After spending most of my adult life in the pre-engineered steel building business, I am always intrigued by the history of steel structures.  Recently I encountered a fascinating story about a steel storage building built in 1906. The great San Francisco earthquake struck on April 18, 1906.  Estimated by modern seismologists…