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Industrial Steel Buildings

Industrial Metal Structures

Flexibility, Durability and Affordability

The industrial metal building of today needs to be more than just a large warehouse with tall walls.

No matter if the project is large or small, Great Western has the know-how and experience to engineer and deliver industrial buildings with integrated crane systems, fire walls, noise containment features and other specialty products.

Great Western’s clear span building design allows for uninterrupted space so manufacturing, assembly, and fabrication spaces can be arranged to comfortably house the employees and machines; offices or vehicles; heavy equipment or storage.

Our Primary framing system can support the heaviest overhead crane systems, suspended mezzanine/catwalks and HVAC; fire retardation and heavy lights.

With Great Western’s easy to read erection manuals and 24/7 support line, you can feel comfortable that you’re not getting yourself into something you can’t handle. Our team not only sells and designs pre-fabricated steel buildings, but we also build them! Your sales team’s been in the field, they’ve been in the fabrication facilities, and they know, first hand, what to expect during the erection process.

inside view of industrial building

Not only can you expect a precision crafted steel building kit to arrive on time, but you can expect support through the entire erection process. It’s not just the quality of what we deliver that makes us exceptional, it’s the quality of design. Great Western’s engineers have an intimate understanding of the way which industrial buildings and warehouses need to perform.

Several things make Great Western’s engineers the pre-engineered steel building industry’s best:

  • Experience Designing Buildings in All Regions, in All Climates
  • The Most Current and Intimate Knowledge of the IBC Codes for Every Region
  • Creativity!
  • The Ability to Work Within Your Budget

outside view of an metal industrial building

A Great Western Metal Industrial Building is Often Engineered for:

  • Oil and Gas Refineries
  • Manufacturing Plants
  • Mining Facilities
  • Recylcing Centers
  • Waste Treatment Centers

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Steel Industrial Building FAQ's

Our industrial steel buildings will need to be expanded in the future, how can we plan ahead for this?

The easiest option for future expansion is to have one or two end-walls with a full-load rigid frame, this will allow for the building to become longer. While designing a building to be widened in the future is not as simple, our engineering team can provide that option as well.

What is the difference between a top-running and an under-hung bridge crane?

Both of these crane systems are designed to provide travel in the X and Y axis. Top-running cranes run on a rail (similar to a train track) placed on top of the crane beam that runs the length of the building. An under-hung crane is suspended on the bottom flange of an American I-beam (S-Beam) and the bridge hangs below. Top-running systems are more common and are more economical in high tonnage applications while under-hung cranes can be hung from rafters and are useful when hook height is at a premium. Both systems have other advantages and disadvantages that your team at Great Western can help you with.

What is hook height and how is it determined?

Hook height is a term used with crane systems to express the maximum amount of clearance under a cranes hook. Many factors determine or limit a crane’s hook height, e.g. building height, capacity, type of system and even the manufacturer of the crane. Let us know how much clearance is needed and we can guide you from there. If you have already selected a crane system and supplier we will take the specifications for that system and then design your steel building to accommodate the crane and your desired hook height.

Our building will be used for manufacturing and/or storage, and that process uses, stores or creates corrosive products, will this void any of our warranties?

Possibly. Speak with your Great Western representative to discuss the nature of any chemicals that may come into contact with your steel building. We have many products and design options available that may limit or protect against this exposure. If the resulting warranty issue or product failure is caused by poor maintenance or exposure to an abnormally corrosive environment your warranty will most likely not cover it. We also provide a complete maintenance guide and log with every building (upon request) to help.

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