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In General Information, Steel Framing 101

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

In General Information, Steel Framing 101

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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7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 6

Lean-To Steel Buildings The framing choices discussed so far in this six-part series are primarily used for construction of new pre-engineered metal buildings. However, the lean-to steel systems are designed specifically used for additions to existing steel buildings. Enlarging Steel Buildings with Lean-To Framing Adding floor space to a pre-engineered metal building is normally accomplished by adding steel frames to the length of the structure. Expanding at the endwall presents two problems. First, sometimes the lot does not allow room… Read More

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7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 5

Single Slope Steel Buildings RHINO prefabricated steel buildings come in many different framing styles. Each system has its own advantages. The end-use of the structure, project budget, and local building code generally dictates the choice of framing system. This fifth segment of the six part series explores the particular uses of the single slope steel framing system. Single Slope Steel Buildings and Additions Simple and economical, the single slope framing system lends itself to both new buildings and additions to… Read More

In General Information, Steel Framing 101

7 Types of Pre-Engineered Red-Iron Steel Buildings- Part 4

Modular Span Steel Buildings Part Four of this series on prefabricated steel buildings will cover the three types of modular span framing. You’ll learn the advantages of using modular spans and the applications where this type of framing works best. (See list below of earlier articles which discussed the differences in clearspan and modular span framing, and straight column, and tapered column framing.) Modular Spans Steel Buildings: One, Two, or Three Row MODULAR SPAN pre-engineered metal buildings provide a more… Read More

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