Metal Building Systems: A New Look

by W. Lee Shoemaker, P.E., Dir. of Res. & Engrg.; Metal Building Manufacturers Assoc., Cleveland, OH,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 6, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


The use of metal building systems in low-rise, non-residential construction under 150,000 square feet has grown from less than 50 percent in 1986 to almost 70 percent today. Such systems are not just being used for utilitarian structures, such as storage facilities or hangars. Their functions have expanded to include churches, schools, and retail centers. These projects usually require additional design, so structural engineers are increasingly being asked to participate in such projects. It is important for engineers to know how these structures work and how designing and building them differs from using more traditional methods.

Subject Headings: Building systems | Metals (material)

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