Steel School Buildings

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A steel building from General Steel is a modern solution for public and private schools. Steel construction offers the strength and design flexibility to ensure the safety and convenience of staff and students. Every steel building from General Steel is designed according to use, which means your interior layout will properly accommodate the school population and their activities. You’ll work closely with our design team to get the most out of your steel building.

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Warranties and Service

Brand General Steel
Available Products I-Beam Framing: 26 Gauge Sheeting
Add Colors Roof, Walls and Trim
I-Beam Structural Warranty 50 Years
Paint Warranty 40 Years
Galvalume Roof Warranty 25 Years
Standing Seam Roof Warranty 20 Years
Project Coordinator Included at No Additional Cost

Custom Designed Prefabricated Schools

Working with General Steel is a collaborative process that ensures that your final product reflects your specific needs. The process starts with a two-way conversation between you and our experienced team. We want to know exactly how you will be using your prefab school building, how it will fit on your property, and your ideas for interior and exterior design, among other factors. We then research the location of the school to ensure that it’s equipped to withstand the wind and snow loads of your area as well as any insulation requirements.

Once we get an idea of what building kit best suits your project, we work with you to add customization options, including a wide variety of doors, windows, and exterior color schemes. The ease of steel construction allows us to modify layouts and add further customizations without breaking your budget. From design to construction, we provide the materials and expertise to transform a building kit into an attractive and highly functioning metal school building.

Strong, Reliable and Durable

Steel is the world’s premier building material because of its strength and durability. General Steel buildings are produced using 100-percent, American-made steel that adheres to the industry’s most stringent technical specifications. When your school is home to potentially thousands of students, teachers, and staff, safety should be at the forefront of any conversation.

Another advantage of constructing a steel building is the clear span framing of our steel building kits. General Steel can accommodate almost any specialized layout required for your school. Our metal school building kits are free of interior columns, allowing maximum space for classrooms, workshops, sports facilities, and more.

Metal School Buildings vs Modular Schools

Metal School Pros

  • Design flexibility meets federal, state, and local building codes
  • Simple bolt-together construction saves time and money
  • Minimal maintenance required

Metal School Cons

  • Higher upfront cost
  • Concrete foundation or piers needed in all cases
  • Delivered to your site but needs assembly

Modular School Pros

  • Delivered assembled and ready to use
  • Lower upfront cost
  • No need to worry about construction timelines

Modular School Cons

  • Little to no design flexibility
  • School only as large as can fit on a semi truck
  • Not engineered with your local codes in mind
How much does it cost to build a prefab school?

The cost of a steel school building depends on a few factors; first, the size of the gymnasium building package. Larger structures cost more but are cheaper in terms of cost per square foot. Second, building prices are determined by design, including the custom features that you select. Lastly, the price of steel at any time can fluctuate based on market performance. These factors combine to set your final price.

What advantages does steel construction offer over other construction methods?

When it comes to building a school, perhaps the most important advantage of steel construction is its strength and durability. Staff and student safety should always be top priority, and no building material can match steel when it comes to protecting the people in the building. Another advantage of steel construction is the design flexibility. As student population increases, it’s important that school districts can modify layouts and even expand their school buildings.

What type of steel building is best for a prefab school building?

Selecting the appropriate building type depends on your budget, location, and the building supplier. Options include arch style, open web, hybrid open web truss, tube steel, C-channel, and rigid frame. Consult our resource below to gain a better understanding.

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