Metal Building Designs
Pre-Construction Services with General Steel
Our pre-construction services package will provide you with enough detailed information to determine the feasibility of your project without engaging an architect. Not to mention that in most cases, a metal building design package through General Steel costs about half as much as you’d spend hiring an architect and is enough to secure financing. With as little as a hand-drawn sketch or verbal description of what you intend to build; our team will thoroughly research the construction options available to you according to local zoning. We will produce final floor plans, 3D renderings, and a complete cost analysis detailing what it will cost to complete construction as designed.
Who Needs Design Services
- You are in the planning phase of your project
- You don’t want to hire an expensive architect
- You need to evaluate your local codes and zoning
- You need a tool to raise capital from investors
- You need to know much the full project will cost
- You need financing from a bank
Design Package Includes
- 3D renderings
- 2D floor plans
- 3 design changes
- Zoning and code analysis
- A.I.A. certifiable cost analysis
- Project Coordinator
Zoning and Code Review
We research your site’s zoning and code requirements to make sure we are designing a project that can be built. The information attained during this step will influence how we design your building during the next steps in the process. It is also important to understand your local requirements because these factors can change total project costs. The zoning and code review will ensure that your project is successful by limiting the chance of delays and unforeseen surprises.
- Height Restrictions
- Buildable Area Ratios
A.I.A. Certifiable Cost Analysis
Before you decide to move forward with the project as designed, you should know exactly how much it will cost to complete construction including the initial site work through the installation of the last light fixture. This is why our complete cost analysis is an essential part of our pre-construction package. This line item cost description will outline all of the costs associated with the completion of construction, allowing you to adjust the budget or the building in order to meet your cost expectations. Our cost descriptions are so accurate that lending institutions can use them as part of the loan package.
Single Point of Contact
When you purchase a metal building through General Steel you are assigned a Project Coordinator at no additional charge. This experienced industry professional is your single point of contact at our corporate office who is responsible for answering any questions you have and making sure your project is finished on time and on budget.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you purchase a pre-construction services package through General Steel, the cost of the Design Package is credited back to you at the time you buy your metal building. That makes the project feasibility study outlined below essentially free!
Architects charge by the hour ($80-$125 per hour), by the square foot ($1.25 to $5 per SQFT) or as a percentage of construction costs (8%-15%).
The answer is no. Many General Steel building designs only require MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) drawings that can cost as little as $1 per square foot.
Design Build Case Studies
Whether you’re starting a business or expanding a current operation, a successful project begins with an effective feasibility study. Below are case studies for two businesses in emerging industries that started right here with a General Steel Design Package.
"Had to share my experience with the sales rep of General Steel. Andy was very knowledgeable and experienced sales rep that I was glad to have connected with. His answers to our questions were thorough, complete and satisfactory. Thanks Andy, you're the greatest!"
"Ben was fantastic. He even made himself available on a Sunday afternoon so he could be on a conference call with our building committee. A few days after the meeting one of the members stated that she felt very comfortable after speaking with Ben due to his ability to communicate with us."
"Chris and the whole team has been a pleasure to work with. All of our questions are responded to in a timely manner and that makes us confident with the process moving forward."
"Denny was very pleasant and informative about the company. He went out of his way to assist me and answered all my questions with enthusiasm. He further directed me to every department that was needed and remained on the line with me until everything was complete."
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