Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings

Western Steel Works with Architects, Developers, & Contractors Across North America by Providing Pre-Engineered, Hybrid, & Structural Steel Building Solutions

Pre-Engineered Metal Building Systems

At Western Steel, our pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMBs) are highly versatile and customizable, accommodating various layouts and sizes to meet specific needs. 

Our design and fabrication process allows for efficient and cost-effective construction, reducing overall project timelines and expenses. Pre-engineered metal buildings offer long-term value and low maintenance requirements, ensuring a lasting investment for our clients.

Areas We Serve

Our fully-integrated team of Structural Engineers, Detailers, Account Managers, and Estimators provides our clients with optimal resources for timely and cost-effective steel building solutions. This streamlined organizational structure enables us to respond quickly and complete projects within tight timeframes, ensuring timely and cost-effective results that meet even the most critical project needs.

Why Choose Western Steel?

At Western Steel, we create practical and aesthetic steel buildings that blend form and function. Our Engineering Division employs advanced BIM modeling software to analyze and design our diverse range of steel building solutions. We proudly showcase the capabilities of our pre-engineered, conventional,  hybrid, and concrete tilt-up steel buildings, emphasizing design flexibility, sustainable materials, and optimal performance. 

Unleashing the Steel Buildings of the Future

Technology is revolutionizing architecture, enabling architects to design and construct buildings in unprecedented ways. We are pushing boundaries and allowing for new aesthetic experiences. Our team utilizes innovative technology to disrupt traditional construction methods like concrete tilt or brick and mortar, achieving greater design flexibility than previously thought possible.

Pre-construction Services

Western's pre-construction services include researching building codes and regulations, determining load requirements, and identifying potential risks. Western's Engineering team ensures steel components fabricated for the project meet design and safety standards for the construction site.In addition, we consider the project costs and timeline creating a detailed budget for materials and other related expenses.

Material Procurement & Logistics

Guaranteed on-time delivery, superior customer service, extensive design options and excellent supply chain management have made Western Steel the smart choice for low to mid-rise, new construction projects. With multiple factory affiliates throughout North America and a proven logistics team specializing in motor and ocean freight, we are your source for steel buildings in North America and beyond. 

Pre-Eng & Hybrid Steel

Weeks Until Delivery
Ideal for low-rise, large & complex steel building projects. 

Structural Steel

Weeks Until Delivery
Ideal for mid-rise, large & complex steel building projects. 

Western Steel's

Pre-Eng & Hybrid Solutions 14 to 18 weeks Until Delivery

Week 1

Project Discovery

Discuss Goals
Building Order
Guaranteed Price Lock
Engage Material Supplies

Week 2

Design Approvals

Design Approvals 
Schedule Fabrication
Set Delivery Date

Week 3

Engineering Begins

Engineering Begins
Engineer Stamped Plans Deliverable in 2 to 4 weeks

Weeks 4 to 6

Permitting & Bids

Receive Engineer Stamped Plans 
Utilize Plans for Permitting (by Client) Utilize Plans for Builder Bids (by Client)

Weeks 7 to 14

Building Fabrication

Material Procurement & Fabrication Complete Site Work (by Builder) 
Design & Install Foundation (by Builder)

Weeks 14 to 18

Steel Building System Delivery

Building System Delivery 
Inventory Materials (by Builder) Stage Materials (by Builder)
Steel Installation Begins (by Builder)

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Primary Framing Options Pre-Engineered Steel Building Systems

Primary frames are designed for full bay loading and span the width of a building. For the pre-engineered systems these primary members are typically I-beams. Frame systems include clear-span, multi-span and lean-to frames in tapered or straight format. Each steel frame system is custom engineered to meet specifications and local building codes.

Tapered Frames vs. Straight Frames: The tapered frame is generally used in column free applications from 40’ to 250’. The straight column rigid frame is designed for maximum efficiency of interior space. Building widths up to 250’ are available with the option of straight columns instead of tapered columns. Lean-to structures are also available for future expansion or additional space if the original main structure had been designed to support the additional load of a lean-to.

Crane Buildings: Crane buildings are complex PEMB or hybrid structural building systems consisting of the crane with trolley and hoist, crane rails, and crane runway beams, structural supports, stops and bumpers.

Gable Clear Span Primary Frame

Clear span frames are column-free interiors that provide the space required for material handling and crane systems. Common uses include warehouses, manufacturing facilities, aircraft hangars, arenas, and indoor sports complexes. Clear Span Frame can also be single slope.

Single Slope Clear Span Frame

Single Slope Clear Span Frame is great for providing unbstructed interior space without columns in the center of the structure. Single Slope Clear Span frames are often pair with parapet walls.

Multi-span Primary frames

Multi-span frames are used for wide buildings that are supported by using the minimum number of columns. Common uses include manufacturing plants, warehouses, and retail stores. By strategically placing columns in the interior of the structure, there could be substantial cost savings as it would decrease the size of the ibeam and decrease the amount of steel used.

Lean-To Primary frames

A lean-to frame typically has a single slope profile and straight sidewall columns and must be supported by an attachment to another frame.

Pre-Engineered Metal Building
System Diagram

Bay Spacing – Each space or interval between the rigid frames.

Sidewall Column – Main member used in vertical support position to transfer loads from main purlins or rafters into the foundation.

Eave Height – Vertical dimensions from finished floor to eave.

Eave Purlin – Structural member located at the eave of a building that supports roof and wall paneling and may transfer bracing loads to frames.

Endwall – Exterior wall that is parallel to the interior rigid frame.

Endwall Column – Vertical member located at the endwall of a building that supports the girts.

Girt – Horizontal structural member that is attached to sidewall or endwall columns to support paneling.

Girt Clips – Connection clips used to attach the back side of a panel to a structural beam.

Ridge – Horizontal line formed by opposing sloping sides of a roof running parallel with the building length. Generally the highest point of building without parapet walls.

Rigid Frame – Structural frame consisting of members joined together with moment connections to render the frame stable with respect to the design loads, without the need for bracing in its plane.

Roof Purlin – Horizontal structural member that supports roof covering.

Sidewall – Exterior wall that is perpendicular to the frames of a steel building system.

Our Steel Building Types Structural  Pre-Engineered  Concrete Tilt-Up

Conventional Structural Steel Buildings

Our Structural Engineering team streamlines each aspect of structural steel building, from design analysis to material procurement, ensuring customer satisfaction and guaranteed on-time delivery.

Metal Buildings

Also known as pre-eng, this type of building system consists of precision-designed components fabricated to spec at the factory. The factory-cut, ready-to-assemble parts are then shipped to the site, speeding up the construction process.

Concrete Tilt-Up
Steel Buildings

Discover the strength and versatility of our cutting-edge steel building solutions paired with the concrete tilt-up constructions. Merging the best of both worlds, we deliver unparalleled durability, design flexibility, and cost efficiency.

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