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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Steel construction can be a great, economical way to make sure you are able to take advantage of every possible inch of your building. By purchasing a clear-span building or utilizing any of the other options outlined above, you can get that much more bang for your buck while enhancing the functionality of your steel building at the same time.
Jon Ekstrom, P.E., P. Eng
Senior Structural Engineer
Sunward Steel Buildings, Inc.