When some people imagine a steel building, they immediately think of a plain, boxy warehouse-looking structure or a WWII Quonset Hut. Not so! With the latest technology and an eye for aesthetics, the engineers at Great Western produce some of the most eye-catching and appealing steel buildings in the industry.



A Quality Steel Building Begins with the Creativity and Skill of Experienced Engineers

It’s the part of the process that most customers don’t get to see, but it’s the part of the process that’s most important – Engineering. At Great Western, we don’t ask that our engineers simply understand the basics of construction and building – we require that they take ownership and provide creative solutions to make your steel building sturdy, easy to erect, and most important to you, it has to look good.

The advantage of using Great Western for your steel building is that our engineering is provided through employees of the company and is never outsourced or brokered. This not only means that you can expect a drastically reduced wait time for stamped engineering drawings, it means that you have access to the designer should you encounter questions during the erection process. These two benefits, alone, are reasons enough to choose Great Western.

“Our engineering team is authorized to stamp structural plans in all 50 states. The breadth of their experience is second to none.

-Eric Beavers, Founder – Great Western Steel Building Systems

The Devil is in the Details

We know how important accurate engineering is.



Approval Drawings

Approval drawings are generally the first step in a steel building project by Great Western. After an initial review by a project engineer our drafting department will generate a set of building drawings for customer review. These plans are provided for approval and/or mark-up.

Permit/Construction Drawings

Once the approval drawings have been accepted our detailing and drafting team will create a final set of drawings for construction and permitting. Your project engineer will review the accepted drawings and submit to the detailing department. The anchor bolt plan and base plate patterns are verified and the drawings package is then sealed by a Great Western engineer that is licensed in the applicable state. Original documents are sent to the customer or customer’s agent along with a form to release the building for hard fabrication and delivery.

Shop Drawings, Shipping Lists and BOM

When Great Western receives the customer’s authorization for fabrication and delivery the head of our engineering department assigns a detailer and a checker to generate the shop drawings that are to be used at the factory. These drawings are an exploded view of each piece of the steel building that requires fabrication. Lists of materials are also generated, along with the shipping documents needed for an onsite inventory during the delivery process. When the detailer is complete the project moves to a supervisor who thoroughly inspects the documents for accuracy. Once this is complete the project is ready to be fabricated at the factory and shipped to the jobsite.

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