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What Is a Pre-engineered Metal Building?

Solving the puzzle known as PEMB

Which of the following do you think is the correct pre-engineered buildings definition?

• A cost-efficient alternative building system to conventional construction
• A steel building designed for the most efficient use of raw materials
• A structural system generally including steel framing, roofing, and wall cladding
• A structure built on site using prefabricated components
• A simplified, streamlined building system designed for quick construction

A photo of a steel building under construction cut into puzzle pieces with the heading: "Puzzled by the meaning of pre-engineered metal buildings?"Actually, all of these pre-engineered building definitions describe today’s metal buildings. However, “giant erector set” may be the most succinct description of a pre-engineered steel building.

A pre-engineered metal building, often called a PEMB, creates a strong, durable, economical structure. The versatility of PEMBs make them popular building solutions for commercial enterprises, industrial structures, and even individual use buildings.

Creation of a pre-engineered metal building follows a logical progression.

Step 1: The Details

The customer contacts a RHINO steel building specialist with the pre-engineered metal building details, such as size, location, building use, special equipment loads, options, accessories, and time frame.

The customer contacts a RHINO steel building specialist with the details, such as size, location, building use, special equipment loads, options, accessories, and time frame.

Step 2: Design and Engineering

Based on the customer-supplied details, computer-aided design software creates working plans. Local building codes, equipment loads, and other detailed criteria are fed into sophisticated steel engineering programs.

Every order includes an anchor bolt plan, plus three full sets of plans stamped by an engineer licensed for that state or province and a Letter of Certification. (This documentation makes getting building permits much easier.)

Step 3: Fabrication

Drawings detailing the manufacturing of every piece of the framing arrive at the manufacturing plant. Each individual component of the framing is precision cut, shaped, welded, drilled, and marked per the exacting specifications in the drawings.

PEMBs offer single-source shipment of the entire building envelope and accessories. All the framing pieces and accessories ship together, arriving at the job site on a pre-determined schedule.

Step 4: Erection

Step-by-step instruction in the accompanying framing manual and construction DVD make assembling a PEMB fast and simple. Typically, a pre-engineered steel building goes up in two-thirds the time of other labor-intensive construction methods.

Detailed drawings denote the exact location of every piece of the framing puzzle. It is just a matter of installing the pre-marked pieces in the locations indicated on the drawings. Structural members bolt together easily.

Solve Your Building Puzzle with a RHINO Prefab Steel Building

PEMBs beat all other low-rise building systems on practicality, price, and performance.

Speak to an experienced and helpful RHINO metal building specialist today about pre-engineered metal building details. Learn why so many our customers return to RHINO for more steel buildings— and happily refer their friends and family to RHINO, too.

Please call RHINO today for more information on PEMBs, with questions about your next project, or for a free no-obligation building quote. Call 940.383.9566 now.