Pre-Construction Services

Design Packages for Businesses and Individuals

Metal Building Designs

All construction projects begin with a feasibility study. Depending on the complexity of your metal building design, this could be as simple as having your local building department sign off on your project, or it could be a multi-layered process. If you’re planning on starting a business in your new building, chances are it’s the latter and it would be wise to solicit the help of pre-construction professionals. Lets take a look at what it takes to effectively plan a project and how General Steel’s design package is unlike any other planning solution.

Evaluating Your Pre-Construction Services Options

If your business is growing, professionally planning your expansion project is just as important as how you run your business. This is true whether you’re starting a mini-storage business, expanding your home brewery or evaluating whether it’s best to buy an auto shop for sale or a new auto repair shop. An inexpert plan cannot only derail your operation, it can act as an anchor hindering your business’ ability to grow in the future.

Unless you’re a construction professional, you have two options if you want your preliminary planning done right.

1. Hire an Architect
2. Use General Steel’s Design Services Package

Option 1: Architectural Services

Architects and their plans have been around for thousands of years. Architects have planned some of the most impressive construction projects known to man from the Roman Colosseum in Italy to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The problem is, you’re not planning on building the 8th wonder of the world! You simply need a comprehensive outline of construction costs and some help designing your new facility so you can get financing or start raising capital. Full architectural plans are not only comprehensive they’re costly! Here’s how a typical architect bills for their time and an idea of what you would be looking to spend if you decided to hire an architect to plan as well as oversee your project.

Hourly: $80-$175 Per Hour

This fee structure is exactly what it sounds like. You can choose to hire a senior level architect on the higher end of the fee range or an entry-level draftsman to hopefully save some money. The problem with this arrangement is that it is open-ended, unless you can convince the firm to sign a not to exceed contract.

Percentage of Construction Costs: 8%-15%

Under this agreement you will pay the architect a percentage of the overall project construction costs. This fee is paid on top of what it costs to finish the project. You will pay anywhere from 8% for the minimum drawings required to obtain a building permit up to 15% or more for full architectural drawings.

Price Per Square Foot: $1.25-$5.00

This fee structure is fairly uncommon. Most architects feel that they are not compensated well-enough under this agreement and some admit to lowering the comprehensiveness of the plans to reflect what was paid.

Project Management: 8%-10%

Managing the deliverables from the general contractor can be a daunting task so some developers also hire the architect to oversee the entire construction project. This can be a very costly necessity. In our example above, it could cost anywhere between $12,000-$60,000 to have the architect act as the owner’s project manager.

Hire an Architect: Example Final Costs

Here are the estimated associated costs for an architect to plan a 5,000 square foot construction project:

Fee StructureCost RangeCost FactorFinal Cost
Hourly$80-$150135 Hrs$10,800-$20,250
Construction Cost8%-15%$30-$120 per sqft* ($150k-$600k)$12,000-$90,000
Per Square Foot$1.25-$5.005,000 sqft$6,250-$25,000

*The final finished cost is heavily dependent upon the interior finishes and the type of building. A warehouse can be as low as $30 per square foot while a church can be as much as $120 per square foot to finish.

Do Metal Building Designs Require an Architect?

There’s no doubt that architects are skilled professionals, but does your steel building design really require the full gamut of architectural services?

Architects for Metal Building DesignsThe 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. This is because General Steel offers a one of a kind service called a Design Package.

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Option 2: 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.

Expert Insight: 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!

Preconstruction Zoning and Code ReviewZoning 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.

Example Factors:

Your team at General Steel will work with your local municipality to reveal all relevant codes, loads and zoning factors. Some of the ordinances we will be looking into include but are not limited to:

  • Landscaping
  • Parking
  • Setbacks
  • Height Restrictions
  • Buildable Area Ratios
  • Drainage

Floor Plans

Design Changes

Once the code and zoning review is complete, we will have a better understanding of what can be built in your location. The next step is determining how you will use your space. During this phase of pre-construction, you will work with our team of experienced space planners to design and develop an arrangement of your projected space.

Example Floor Plans

Our space planners are the best in the industry at making sure the utilization of the space remains efficient while also incorporating exactly what you need the new building to provide currently and in the future.

  • Manufacturing Facility Floor Plan
  • Restaurant Floor Plan
  • Retail Floor Plan
  • Auto Repair Shop Floor Plan
What About Revisions?

No design we work on is final until you say it’s perfect. Although we will design a project that can be built in your locale, we realize that there are often other stakeholders in the project who will ask for adjustments. Stakeholders can include members of your business partners, investors or even yourself. This is what really sets our pre-construction package apart from the alternatives. Because we charge a flat rate for the service, you or others involved in the project can make as many revisions as necessary to the floor plan or renderings until the final product represents exactly what you want to build.

*You can make as many adjustments to the floor plan as necessary for FREE until the space is perfect!

3D Renderings

Once you and our team agree on a final version of the floor plan, we will render your project into our cutting-edge 3D software to produce full color representations of the new building. You will be able to see how the building will look from all four sides including the building’s roof style and exterior finishes.

We’ve found that 3D renderings can help investors and other stakeholders in the project connect with the overall vision and get excited about making the project a reality.

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Pre-Construction ServicesAIA 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.

Pre-Construction Project ManagerWhat About Project Management?

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.

Interested in a Design Build?

Our pre-construction package is designed to result in successful, efficient projects. Your project is not a success for our team until the building is delivered and you are able to commence construction. As part of this process, our team will stop at nothing to take your project from inception through completion.

If you’re interested in learning more about our pre-construction services, call 1-800-745-2685.

You Need Design Services If:

If your project is held up because you need help with any of the following planning phases, our pre-construction services package is just what you need!

  • You are in the planning phase of your construction project
  • You don’t want to hire an expensive architect
  • You need to evaluate your local codes and zoning
  • You need a presentation tool to raise capital from investors
  • You are in the process of securing financing from a bank
  • You need to know how much the complete project will cost

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Hiring an architect can be expensive when you're simply trying to determine whether or not your project is feasible. A pre-construction services package through General Steel is the most affordable way to design your metal building and determine how much your project will cost.
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