Avoiding Costly Mistakes in Your Building Project

By: Houston Reid


Hiring the most qualified erector to assemble your prefab steel building is a key decision that will affect the overall success of your building project. Many different problems for your steel building project may be the fault of an incompetent steel building erector. The most obvious potential problem is, of course, incorrectly erecting the building.

You have to contact with someone who is trained and practiced in the type of building you are having assembled. Not every steel building system may be included in an erector's experience. Think about the following guidelines when you will have to choose an erector. If you are unfamiliar with steel building construction, then there are qualified steel building consultants who can help you in finding a professional erector.

Talk with someone for guidance in finding the erector you need. The first step to take when looking for a prospective erector is to look over past work. Look at least one recent and one older project. See to it that the work on these building projects was acceptable and to see if any mistakes that came up were addressed.

Verify as well that if there were any difficulties with these projects that they were addressed and that the work was acceptable. It is very smart to see if the erector's crew has recently attended training sessions to update their skills and if the erector is certified by a reputable steel building manufacturer to erect the design of building you need.

It is very important to find someone who is capable of managing the project and communicate with others at the worksite. This is the job of the project superintendent. Also, contrary to what you (or your accountant) may think, don't make it a practice to always contract with the lowest bidder for a job. Low bids can be harbingers of poor performance. Why is this the case? There might not be ample funds in such a low bid to allow all of the work to be completed accurately.

The most expensive erector could very easily have initially been the least expensive. The person you are thinking about has to present a copy of an OSHA-approved safety program. The erector must be up to date on all safety requirements and hold frequent job site safety meetings.

Locating an erector is a necessary part of the procedure of gathering all the necessary pieces in order to start construction. Yet, it is only the start and there are further concerns to deal with. Substantiate that instructions and erection drawings are accessible for the job. Either you or a professional consultant should look at all of the jobsite drawings to be sure they are complete. And, once again (it's so important, it's worth repeating) be sure there will be an on-site, full-time superintendent to take charge daily of the job site and take care of whatever problems that may occur during assembly. Design changes should not be allowed without cautious consideration. If you do make changes, it could complicate mattes more than help.

Several things need to be inspected in the work being done. For example, it is important to inspect the tools and equipment to make sure that everything is being used and operated correctly. Also, it is necessary to carefully examine the temporary bracing is being used and in place. You will also want to check to see that design bracing requirements are being implemented for the permanent bracing; and that the appearance is not "out-of-plane." Do not be so quick to make design changes. The instructions and erection drawings are required to be ready and on-hand for the job. Either you or a professional consultant should take a close look at all of the work site drawings to guarantee that they are thorough. In conclusion, following these guidelines will help guarantee that your building is erected properly and thus give you many years of satisfactory use of the new steel building.

We hope that this article has been helpful. Clearly, it's just a brief overview. If you have further questions, then we recommend calling a reputable steel building supplier. If a company is listed with the Better Business Bureau (B.B.B.) or the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (M.M.B.A.) then that's a good endorsement. A little homework now can save you thousands of dollars later.

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