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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… Read More
In Agricultural Buildings, Blog, more

Pole Barns and Property Values

Does a Pole Barn Increase the Resale Value of Property? Adding pole barns to your property sounds like a great idea.  That should pump up the land’s worth, right? Well, not necessarily. Weighing Property Improvements Surprisingly, not all additions increase the later resale value of your property. For example, real estate professionals often find homes with swimming pools are actually… Read More

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A Do-It-Yourself Multi-Use Steel Building

Creating a Metal Building for All Your Needs A multi-use steel building serves two, three or even more purposes. The versatility of pre-engineered steel building kits makes them easy to adapt for any use.  The unobstructed clear span interiors of a prefabricated metal building allow the owner free rein.  Space can be allocated for whatever you need. Think of the possibilities! The combinations are endless.  Just mix and match any of these into one roomy steel building: Game room Gardening… Read More

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Hurricanes and Typhoons

Exploring the Difference between Hurricanes and Typhoons Did you ever wonder what the differences are between hurricanes and typhoons?  Is a tropical cyclone just another type of hurricane? Storms Threatening the U.S. In a bizarre weather anomaly, three potential hurricanes and a typhoon are now simultaneously threatening the U.S. and its territories: Meteorologists expect Hurricane Florence to strike the East Coast of the U.S. this week as a powerful Category 4 storm. Tropical Storm Isaac may reach hurricane strength before… Read More

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How to Prevent Rust on Metal Buildings

Eliminating the #1 Enemy of Steel Buildings: Corrosion Rust on metal buildings starts small.  However, if not squelched immediately, insidious rust spreads.  Corrosion compromises structural integrity, reduces lifespan, and devalues your metal building. Steel Buildings and the “Man of Steel” Steel is always associated with incredible strength.  That’s why Superman is also known as the “Man of Steel.”  However, even Superman had one great weakness: kryptonite. Like Superman, steel— the hero of building materials— also has one great vulnerability: rust.… Read More

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Do-It-Yourself Steel Aircraft Hangars

Build Your Own Metal Hangar and Save Big The number one way to save money on steel aircraft hangars is to assemble it yourself!  And building your own plane or helicopter hangar is easy with a pre-engineered metal building kit. Set Your Course for a Building Adventure By nature, private pilots are confident and adventurous. Most flyers are also quite handy.  For example, they are perfectly capable of maintaining their own aircraft.  Consequently, high-flying do-it-yourselfers find building their own steel… Read More

In Auto Shops, Blog, more

7 Reasons to Choose Metal Buildings for Auto Shops

Why Pre-engineered Steel Buildings Dominate New Auto Shop Construction Why do so many mechanic shop owners choose prefabricated metal buildings for auto shops? Well, metal buildings offer many advantages over other low-rise construction methods.  A high-quality metal building promises great value— and it delivers on that promise. In fact, steel now frames 65% of all new low-rise commercial construction. The Auto Service Industry Today With over 260 million passenger vehicles now on the road in the U.S., the auto repair… Read More

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Contiguous America’s Strongest Earthquakes

The Powerful Quakes of New Madrid Surprisingly, some of the strongest earthquakes to shake the continental United States did not occur in California, but in what is now Missouri. Centered in the area around New Madrid, the series of tremblors ranked as high as 7.9 in magnitude.  That’s the top of the “major” earthquake scale.  (“Great” earthquakes begin at an 8.0 magnitude.) According to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) calculations, the New Madrid earthquake that struck February 7, 1812, was 1.995… Read More

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Steel Campground Buildings

Durable Prefab Metal Buildings for Recreational Areas It just makes sense to outfit recreational areas with prefabricated steel campground buildings.  From city parks to RV parks to national parks, pre-engineered steel buildings provide the best structures and campground construction options at the best prices. The Scope of the Recreational Market The rush for the great outdoors is on.  People are charging to campgrounds and parks in record numbers.  In fact, over 40 million people in the U.S. go camping each… Read More

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Construction Forecast and Metal Buildings

Experts Predicting Building Upswing for U.S. and Canada The future of construction looks bright, especially for metal buildings.  Industry experts predict continued growth in most segments of construction this year. Builder confidence is also flying high and these US construction stats show how. Construction Predictions for the U.S. Several sources forecast continued growth for construction in 2018, with an almost 5% increase in U.S. construction starts. Overall, construction spending in 2018 in the U.S. should grow to $1.33 trillion!  In… Read More

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Looking Good in a Steel Building

How to Cash In on the Beauty Craze in a Metal Building An attractive, affordable steel building kit creates an ideal place for cashing in on the beauty business.  From hair salons to day spas to beauty supply stores, a good looking steel building attracts those who want to look good. The Beauty Business Boom Let’s face it: we all want to look our best.  American women— and increasingly men—willingly fork over their hard-earned cash on any product, treatment, or… Read More

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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. Early Seismographs Seismographs are instruments used to measure the force and duration of an earthquake. In 1883, John Milne, a… Read More

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