Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings: The Story Behind Their Rapid Growth

by Donald H. Pratt, Pres.; Buildings, Div., Butler Mfg. Co., BMA Tower, P.O. Box 917, Kansas City, Mo. 64141,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 3, Pg. 52-56

Document Type: Feature article


In 1964, pre-engineered metal buildings accounted for 24% of new non-residential, low-rise construction. By 1981, that figure had jumped to 56%. Behind that rapid growth are some very attractive advantages to pre-engineered buildings, which are highlighted in this article. Among the key advantages are competitive initial pricing, cost predictability, rapid construction, efficiency of structural design, low-maintenance requirements, and expansion flexibility. With the variety of architectural finishes available, these buildings can be quite attractive for a wide range of end-use applications, from factories and warehouses, to shopping centers and community buildings.

Subject Headings: Metals (material) | Low-rise buildings | Pricing | Construction costs | Structural design | Maintenance | Architecture | Storage facilities

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