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Why Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings Are a Game-Changer 

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings (PEMBs) are revolutionizing the construction industry by offering a convenient, cost-effective alternative to traditional construction methods. With the ability to meet a variety of needs, from commercial spaces to agricultural facilities, PEMBs are becoming increasingly popular. This article aims to provide an in-depth look at what Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings are, how they are designed, their benefits, and common uses.

What Are Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings?

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings consist of a steel frame system that supports metal roof and wall panels. These buildings are pre-designed to adhere to precise dimensions, taking into account area-specific building codes, potential load problems, and environmental considerations. The components, including roof and wall panels, are manufactured in a factory and then shipped to the construction site for assembly.

Designing a Pre-Engineered Metal Building

The design process involves several considerations:

  • Bay Spacing: The distance between supports in the structure.
  • Slope of Roof: The angle of the roof, which can affect drainage and aesthetics.
  • Loads: Including live loads (people and furniture), dead loads (the building itself), and collateral loads (additional items like HVAC systems).
  • Wind Uplift: The potential for wind to lift the roof.
  • Space Between Bearing Points: This affects the structural integrity and design of the building.
  • Deflection Criteria: The allowable amount of movement in the building’s components.

Computer-aided design programs and Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology have made the design process more efficient, allowing for 3D design and real-time changes.

Benefits of Pre-Engineered Buildings

  • Cost-Effectiveness: PEMBs are often more cost-efficient due to the streamlined design and fabrication process, which reduces labor and material costs.
  • Speed of Construction: The pre-fabricated components make the construction process quicker, without compromising on quality.
  • Durability and Longevity: These buildings are resilient and can withstand extreme weather conditions, making them a long-lasting investment.
  • Flexibility and Customization: The design can be easily tailored to meet specific requirements, offering unparalleled flexibility in layout and usage.
  • Energy Efficiency: PEMBs are tightly sealed and require less insulation, making them more energy-efficient.

Common Uses of Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings

  • Agricultural: Ideal for housing livestock and equipment.
  • Commercial: Suitable for various business sizes and types.
  • Government: Cost-effective for tight budgets.
  • Storage Warehouses: Offers clearspan capabilities for maximum space utilization.
  • Recreational Sports Facilities: Durable and adaptable for future expansion.


Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings are setting new standards in the construction industry, offering a blend of efficiency, durability, and cost-effectiveness that is hard to beat. If you're in the planning stages of a construction project, it's worth considering the manifold advantages of opting for a Pre-Engineered Metal Building.

Metallic Builder of the Year Award

The Builder of the Year Award is presented annually to an Authorized Metallic Builder to recognize their consistent contributions to the pre-engineered metal building construction industry and their local community, and the builder’s innovative use of metal building materials. JB STEEL® has previously earned Metallic excellence and merit awards and a spot in the Metallic M-Team (top 25 builders in the nation) on numerous occasions.

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American Concrete Institute

JB STEEL® is a proud member of the American Concrete Institute.

Associated General Contractors

JB STEEL® is a proud member of Associated General Contractors of America in the Columbia chapter. We have been a member since 1970.