Collaborative Architectural Design

We foster strong collaboration between architects, general contractors, erection crews, engineers, drafters and project consultants.

This is what Architects tell their clients:

We Adhere to Building Aesthetic and Building Code Requirements 

Many communities have requirements in place dictating how buildings erected in them have to look. For example, some communities require that new construction matches with the existing construction already in place in the area, and an architect may be able to help you design your building and add necessary features to accommodate these requirements. Communities also often have building codes in place with regard to wind or snow loads, and architects are typically highly familiar with these requirements.

We Enhance the Aesthetic Appeal of Your Metal Building  

If you have a particular look or style in mind for your steel building, an architect can help you make necessary enhancements and otherwise design your building in line with your objectives and stylistic preferences.

We Communicate With Your Building Company and General Contractor

When you have an architect on your steel building design team, he or she can act as a liaison between the building company and the general contractor. This communication helps ensure that everyone involved in the project is on the same page, streamlining the design and construction processes.

We Evaluate Contractor Bids

A contractor’s bid gives you insight as to how a prospective contractor plans to bring your vision to life. In many cases, architects can help you evaluate different contractor bids so you can avoid spending unnecessary time and money on a bad one. Ultimately, the better your contractor is, the more likely you are to complete your project on time, on budget and to your satisfaction.

We Create 3D Models to Streamline Permit Approval  

An architect may also be able to help you speed up and simplify the permit process by creating an attractive 3D model of your project. Your community’s government agency may get a better sense of your project, and therefore be more likely to issue a permit for it, if you have a model on hand that showcases exactly what you plan to construct.

Complex steel building projects often benefit from the assistance of architects. For help finding one in your area, contact Sunward Steel to discuss your project.

Tips for Maximizing Interior Space in Your Metal Building

Chances are when you invest in a pre-engineered steel building you want to get as much usable interior space as possible. There are several different ways to design your building to accomplish this. The easiest way is to utilize a clear-span building (no interior column supports) but there are other options you can use to get as much room as possible to work, store goods, etc.

For example, you may be able to increase interior space in your steel building by utilizing:

Flush Girts

Metal Flush Girts

A flush girt system can be a great way to make sure you can take advantage of every possible inch of your metal building. In this type of steel construction, the wall girts bolt flush to the building’s columns, rather than to the exterior of the columns.

Hanging Mezzanine

Hanging Mezzanine

A mezzanine is a popular metal building customization option that gives you the ability to add additional floor space overhead without having to sacrifice any down below. Hanging mezzanines have supports that hang from above, rather than rising from the floor, eliminating unnecessary interior obstructions while freeing up more usable floor space inside.

Reverse-Tapered Columns

Steel Building Construction

As the name suggests, a reverse-tapered column design means the building’s columns taper on the exterior side of the building rather than protruding into the interior space thus freeing up valuable floor space.

Straight Columns

Many buyers looking to erect homes, offices, restaurants, and other buildings that require interior finished walls find straight column designs particularly desirable. Not having the taper at the top of the column allows for more finished square footage in the interior of the building and simplifies the interior finish work.


Steel construction can be a great, economical way to ensure you take advantage of every possible inch of your building.

Architect Tools

A clear-span metal building allows you to maximize budget while enhancing the functionality of your design.


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In addition to excellent customer service, the buildings that are supplied by Sunward Steel are top notch and competitively priced. Never had any issues worthy of recording.

Highly Recommended to everyone.

Excellent customer service! Worked with me more than one project.

The project as a whole was completed before listed deadlines.

Overall one of the best companies I have ever worked with.

They are a grade above the rest when it comes to catering to the specific project and its personnel.

Sunward Steel has excellent project management, ensuring a successful project.

They very clearly outlined expectations for budget and timeline, and worked with us to adjust and fine-tune both as needed.

Their service is beyond exceptional.

We purchased an all steel 60 x 40 building and could not be happier.

Steel Building Manufacturing Certifications

You will not find more accredited and superior steel building certifications. This includes our IAS Accreditation among others. We take pride in being a quality accredited steel building manufacturer!

Some Of Our Accreditations:

  • IAS Accreditation (formally AISC-MB)
  • Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA)
  • Quasar
  • American Welding Society
  • Canadian Welding Society
  • Better Business Bureau
  • City of Houston
  • LA Department of Building and Safety
  • City of San Bernardino
  • And more!

More Tips From Our Industry Experts:

American Welding Society
Quasar CSA Certified
Canada Welding Bureau