Steel halls are very popular with investors because of the enormous flexibility of use they provide. Steel buildings can be used for various purposes: industrial, storage and commercial. In this article, we suggest what to focus on when investing in the construction of a steel hall.

Construction of industrial halls – what you need to know

The construction of industrial, warehouse and commercial halls using a steel structure has many advantages. Investors readily opt for this solution because it is very flexible. The almost unlimited possible future expansion of a hall is the major advantage here. This allows you to adjust the size of your building as needed and there is no need to take on more risk at the outset.

Construction technology of this type applies primarily to properties that are used for the storage and production business. However, the halls may contain segments for other purposes. If a new demands arise within the business, be it the office module, staff area or a restaurant block, in most cases you will be able to opt to add these elements. The design and construction of halls are services provided as part of the general contracting of steel halls. The contractor’s work may also consist solely of the preparation of the project or the construction of the building. At Commercecon, we also offer a collaborative formula to our customers, the Design and Build, which is a fully comprehensive solution.

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Design of industrial halls and facilities

The construction of a hall beings with the design, and, even before that, with an understanding of the investor’s needs, the nature of the building and the preliminary location. Designing halls from the architectural point of view involves preparing a conceptual and construction design. Depending on the type and scope of cooperation, steel hall builders also help in preparing the site for the project and reflect all the investor’s needs in the design. In the course of the work, particular attention must be paid to the economic aspects, which is why a cost optimisation process is in place. An ideal steel hall should meet all standards and requirements, but, at the same time, be as cost-effective as possible in order to increase the profitability of the investment.

However, minimising the cost can never be about compromising safety and trouble-free operation of the building in the future. When designing industrial and storage facilities, it is necessary to correctly select thermal insulation materials, determine the type of finish for vertical surfaces, floors and ceilings. The methods used will vary depending on the type of project and the purpose of the building. Some structural solutions will be adopted for the design of a commercial building, while the completely different ones will work for a large-scale high-bay warehouse with a separate cold store.

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Hall extension – where to you start

Extending a steel hall is much easier than extending a brick or concrete building. The type of extension depends on what demand the industrial facilities have. The need to implement additional production machines for a plant with a linear machinery arrangement may require an addition of several more steel frames. On the other hand, increasing the hall width may require building a new nave to be added to the existing building.

The beginning of an extension involves analysing the technical situation and developing a design. It may be necessary to pull an existing wall down. This is usually done after the extra block has been added, or simply left in place if the next segment is to be isolated from the rest. In the latter scenario, the outer wall will then become the inner wall. The expansion and construction of industrial facilities involves a number of nuances. The specific requirements of the fire zone and many other important factors must also be taken into account.

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