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Comparing Pre-engineered Steel Building Costs

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April 8, 2013

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 gauge steel, or increased bracing, all of which impact steel building prices.

One Steel Building Priced at Four Locations

(Pricing as of April 2013)

60' x 100' RHINO metal building with opening

To give you a better idea how costs change at various locations, I have priced the same 60’ x 100’ x 12’ RHINO steel building for four specific cities across the U.S. These pre-engineered steel building costs include Galvalume® 26-gauge purlin-bearing rib (PBR) roof panels and sidewall panels in your choice of colors.  It also includes a 10’ x 10’ opening and the other standard features in every RHINO steel building package.  (It does not include freight, framing erection, or foundation.)

As you can see, each city’s building codes require different loads.

  • Dallas, TX— $22,995.  5 Ground Snow Load, 90 MPH Wind Load, Exposure B
  • San Francisco, CA— $23,204.  0 Ground Snow Load, 85 MPH Wind Load, Exposure C, Seismic 4
  • Tampa, FL— $24,989.  0 Ground Snow Load, 140 MPH Wind Load, Exposure C
  • Gouverneur, NY— $29,801.  70 Ground Snow Load, 90 MPH Wind Load, Exposure B

(For more estimates on pre-engineered steel building costs, see our earlier blog “How Much Does a Pre-engineered Metal Building Cost?”)

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For a fast, free estimate on a RHINO steel building for your area, fill out the Quick Quote form on our Web site. Our experienced metal building specialists can answer any questions about steel building prices.

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Our steel building specialists can prices these specials for your location and with any accessories or options you choose to add. For a detailed estimate and information on pre-engineered steel building costs, call RHINO at 940.383.9566.

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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