Can I Design and Customize My Steel Building?

One misconception people have of prefabricated steel buildings is there is no room for customization, and they all look the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Every building is unique, and projects range dramatically in dimensions, colors, accessories, and purpose. One advantage of working with Pacific Building Systems (PBS) steel building manufacturers is that you can customize your steel building to suit your taste and fulfill your building requirements. 

You can put your unique stamp on your metal building by choosing from a range of colors, accessories, trim, roof design, and more! We will work with you from design to engineering to offer a customizable metal building kit that can be shipped directly to you anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Hawaii. The result is an attractive, high-quality steel building that you will enjoy for decades. 

Ready to design a metal building for your business and/or property? Here are just a few examples of how you can design and customize your steel building with our team of experts.  

Decisions, Decisions! How to Come Up with a Vision  

When purchasing a pre-engineered steel building, there are several decisions the buyer must make that can feel overwhelming to anyone new to the buying process. Fortunately, the metal building experts at Pacific Building Systems are here to guide you, but you can expedite the process by answering some simple questions before you begin the buying process. 

#1 – What will be the primary use of your steel building? Will it have a secondary use?

#2 – Who is this building going to be designed for, and how much storage will they need? 

#3 – What section of your property will your metal building be located?

#4 – Will it be a single-story building or have multiple floors? 

#5 – How much space do you need to accommodate people and equipment? How large will the doorways and entrances need to be to move crowds, equipment, and materials in and out of the building?

#6 – What are the energy requirements for your building- will it need to be insulated?

#7 – What is the aesthetic you are going for? Does it need to appeal to the public, or will it be used primarily for storage? Are there building codes to consider so your design blends in with the surroundings?

#8 – Based on the building’s purpose, what are your dimensions? This is something an architect can assist with. 

Know what you CAN and CANNOT Customize 

One thing that sets us apart is our knowledgeable Components Division that offers endless combinations of components to make your prefabricated metal building as unique as you are. However, it’s important to understand there are some elements that must fit certain requirements. For the process to go smoothly, you need to have a little flexibility with your ideas and vision. For example, your building must meet local environmental regulations, safety requirements along with zoning and building codes according to your city, county, or state. 

Examples of How to Customize the Structure and Exterior of Your Pre-Engineered Steel Building

Frame Types: We offer three different metal building types that can be manufactured in a wide range of dimensions and roof slopes Clearspan, Multi-span, and Single slope. 

Structural additions. Choose from a wide range of structural additions for your building like trusses, mezzanine floors, fascias, canopies, and crane systems as per user requirements. Heavy load bearing or overhead crane systems? 

Roofing and Siding Panels. Various roofing and siding options can be easily incorporated into your structure such as metal roofing, PBR Roofing and Siding Panels, Tuff-Rib Roofing and Siding Panels, and Reversed Rolled PBR Panel

Exterior Finishes. Choose from multiple exterior finishes, available in a wide variety of colors and panel profiles. 

Building Accessories. PBS offers multiple high-quality options to supplement a basic solid panel building such as Standard Trim, skylight, ventilator, Gutters, Down Spouts, and Accessories, etc.

Insulation. We can recommend customized insulation options for aspects regarding energy efficiency and climate control. 

Examples of Ways You Can Customize the Interior of Your Pre-Engineered Steel Building 

Floor space. PBS metal buildings offer large, open floor plans and maximum design flexibility to accommodate your needs. You may also customize the floors that would be best for your building.

Interior columns. If interior columns are necessary for your building (i.e. a church or auditorium), we can design them to be functional without obstructing views, sound, or ability to move freely in the space.  

Doors & Windows. The number of doors and windows are required for your building and where they will be placed. You can also choose the size of doors and windows based on your building application. 

To summarize, you CAN design and customize your building to suit your unique needs and specifications when you work with the experienced team at Pacific Building Systems. If you’ve already worked with an architect to design your building and just need help with the engineering, we’ve got that covered!
PBS customers are encouraged to send us their drawings and specs of a project so we can estimate your building as intended by you or the architect. When you work with our team, you need not worry about making the wrong decision because they will guide you every step of the way, to every detail. Suddenly, building a steel building can become fun and easy! Whether you are a large corporation, government entity, or a small local business looking to expand, we’ll help you bring your vision to life. 

About Pacific Building Systems (PBS)

PBS is the premier metal building component manufacturer in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re starting from scratch with a metal building structure or adding metal roofing or metal siding to an existing structure, we can help. For over 50 years, we’ve provided high-quality, affordable steel building components for a wide variety of industries, including the industrial, commercial, agricultural, aviation, government, and community sectors. You’ll notice right away what makes us different: our team. We’re a family-run, full-service provider with unparalleled experience and innovation.



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