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.

Site Restrictions

  • Landscaping
  • Parking
  • Drainage

Municipality Restrictions

  • Height Restrictions
  • Buildable Area Ratios
  • Setbacks

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

How much does a design package cost?

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!

How much does an architect cost?

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%).

Do metal building designs require an architect?

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.

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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.

Bion Crossfit Design Build

Bion Crossfit

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Kory's DIY CrossFit Design
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Urban Farming

In states where urban farming is legal, grow facilities are using steel buildings to expand their businesses.

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Need help? Contact our Pre-Construction Team. Let us guide you through your project.

From inception through the completion of construction, our pre-construction services team will make sure your project is a true success! If you want to learn more about steel building designs, visit our help center or get in touch with us.

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