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What is a Steel Building System?

Defining a Pre-engineered Building System

When people think of steel building systems, they often think of high-rise skyscrapers. Yet 90% of commercial buildings are low-rise structures under 25,000 square feet. Steel pre-engineered buildings, commonly known as a PEBs, create incredibly strong, affordable steel frame structures. What is structural steel used for? Not just skyscrapers! The flexibility of PEBs make them the ideal building solution for most low-rise agricultural, aviation, commercial, industrial, recreational, and worship structures. Read on to learn more about steel frame structures and why they make long-lasting, high-quality buildings.

Two photos of the same steel building: one under construction, the other when completed.What is a Building System?

A steel building system is exactly that — a system.

First, a customer supplies details on the size, location, end use, and specific loads for the steel frame structure.

Based on the information supplied, the structure is designed and engineered using sophisticated steel structural software. The software creates detailed drawings for each framing component.

Factory-trained professionals manufacture each piece of the framing to these specifications. Every piece is cut, shaped, welded, drilled, punched, painted, and marked for quick identification.

The Ease of Steel Frame Structures

One of the biggest advantages of utilizing steel building systems is how simple it is to erect the framing. What is a steel frame structure? The framing of PEBs are like adult-sized versions of kids’ erector sets — each piece arrives clearly marked and ready to assemble. Plans denote the exact location and placement of every piece of the steel framing. The process of putting together your building system is quick and simple:

  • Factory-produced steel “red-iron” columns and rafter beams bolt together with heavy-duty steel bolts and nuts, forming a single frame.
  • These frames are bolted to the foundation 20 to 25 feet apart, creating a “bay”— the area between two frames.
  • Steel girts are attached to the sides of the columns for lateral support.
  • Steel purlins connect the frames across the roof.
  • Corrosion-resistant Galvalume® steel panels screw to the roof and exterior walls forming the “skin” of the building.
  • PEBs may be finished with any building material, including block, brick, glass, stone, or tilt-up concrete.

Every RHINO order includes an anchor bolt diagram and three full sets of plans stamped by an engineer licensed for that state, and a Letter of Certification to expedite permitting.

What could be simpler?

Call RHINO, the Metal Building System Experts

Contact RHINO Steel Building Systems now for more information about PEBs. Trust our metal building specialists to answer every building question and provide professional construction advice for your construction project. Free quotes are available.

Call the RHINO hotline at 888.320.7466 today.