While the speed of technology seems to increase each year, the pace of construction has not kept up quite as quickly. However, modular construction has been growing steadily in recent years, and the COVID-19 pandemic put the need for rapid construction in the spotlight, especially as China was able to build hospitals in record time.
Pre-engineered metal buildings are one way to put up a project quickly, and they’re suitable for a wide variety of uses. With demand for warehouses expected to keep growing over the next several years, now is a great time to learn more about pre-engineered metal buildings.
A pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) is a structure generally made of steel in a factory and designed to be assembled on site. They tend to be a bit lighter than conventional steel buildings and generally have a single floor and a metal roofing system. These structures have mostly been used to quickly build warehouses and manufacturing facilities. These buildings can be assembled in a matter of months and are cheaper than traditional construction.
Because PEMBs don’t require internal load-bearing columns, they have wide-open spaces that make them ideal for stacking large boxes or making room for large machinery. But while these are the most common uses for PEMBs, they are actually surprisingly versatile.
Explains Whitney Villalobos, head of Industrial, High Tech, and Manufacturing at Turner & Townsend, a professional services company specializing in project management and consulting in real estate and infrastructure: