SHIRLEY, MA–Pre-Engineered is a term we hear a lot in construction and it’s becoming more prevalent as technology is continually improving. However, as the technology expands and advances, the perception and understanding of the process has lagged.
The stigma that pre-engineered is cookie cutter and “off the manufacturing line” persists, but it could not be further from the truth. In order to change the stereotype, we need to break down this preconception by redefining the term to encompass all its potential and possibilities.
Aren’t Pre-Engineered Buildings Just Ugly Metal Boxes?
NO! This is perhaps the hardest hurdle to jump because we’ve found that most people believe this is true. The idea that pre-engineered buildings cannot be customized or designed to be architecturally pleasing is false. Senate is a certified Butler Builder and their services and systems are completely customizable. If you can dream it, we can build it using Butler building systems. You don’t have to sacrifice artistry or creativity to take advantage of the convenience, speed, and cost effectivenesscost-effectivenessed building. You can have both! Just check out some of these recently completed projects (pictured).
What’s the Difference Between Pre-Engineered and Conventional Construction?
A few major differences:
Pre-engineered buildings are statistically 30% lighter than conventional buildings because of more efficient use of steel. The numbers are more exact, allowing the contractor to purchase less steel and resulting in less waste.
Most pre-engineered buildings are formed from standard sections and connections so time in design and construction are reduced. The basic designs are based on international design codes that are used over and over again. Conventional buildings must be designed from scratch every time.
Steel erection is both faster and less expensive with pre-engineered buildings. Typically, conventional steel buildings are 20% more expensive mostly due to the fact that erection times and costs are not estimated as accurately as they are with pre-engineered buildings.
Can Pre-Engineered and Conventional Construction Be Used Together?
Yes. Senate recently completed a project for Integra Companies in Devens, Massachusetts. The 40,600 square foot addition includes 20,600 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of warehouse. Both spaces are Butler buildings but this project is unique in that the warehouse was pre-engineered and the office space was built conventionally. Senate’s team worked tirelessly in preconstruction to ensure the two structures would integrate seamlessly. But it was not only possible, the finished product was an expanded headquarters for Integra that both fulfilled their expanding operations and met their design expectations.
Clearly pre-engineered technology has come a long way and with Senate, you can be sure that your project will be customized to your needs and meet your vision whether you choose pre-engineered or conventional construction or even a mix of both.
(Bob France is CEO of Shirley, MA-based Senate Construction Corp.)