legoMy grandson loves his Lego building blocks. I think it is the idea of taking component members, which are of standard shapes designed to fit together, and creating a building, a car, a town. Sure he could take a pile of 2×4’s, a saw and a hammer to build what is in his mind, but why do that when you have pre-engineered pieces that can be put together. This is the idea behind the Pre-Engineered Metal Building (PEMB) system.

Metal building systems have been around since the mid-20th century, but it was in the ‘70’s that pre-engineering the components became widely accepted.  With today’s computer design and drafting software the PEMB industry has become less “standard component” and much more “project specific component” oriented. What has not changed over the years is the fact that the PEMB components (main frames, roof purlins, wall girts, bracing, siding and roof) are designed as a complete system working together to resist dead, live, wind, and seismic loading conditions. This provides an efficient buildable design.

Here are three FAQ about PEMB systems from our clients:

What are the advantages to a PEMB?:  Because a PEMB is designed & fabricated with pre-engineered components the delivery schedule and cost are generally less.

When is a PEMB most efficient?: When it is used for a low rise (one to two story) building, when you have large clear span conditions and/or when all the components (main frames, roof purlins, wall girts, bracing, siding and roof) are part of the project.

How long will a PEMB last?: Just as long as any conventionally designed building. Remember a PEMB needs to have continual maintenance just like any conventionally built building.

The PEMB system is not for every project, but it has proven itself to be a viable option in the design and build industry. Give us a call; we would look forward to sitting down with you to talk about what building structural system would be best for your next project.

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