Precast VS Pre-engineered
Some decisions are easy – sit-down or take-out, paper or plastic, Cats or Cardinals. But when you’re expanding manufacturing and industrial operations with a new building, choosing building materials can be a difficult process.
Many important factors must be considered: how much space is needed to meet your company’s short- and long-term demands; where the new facility should be located; what amenities should be included; how much money can we afford to invest; and many, many more.
Modern building techniques and construction efficiencies give companies a number of options that could impact the short-term and long-term success of their operations.
In the past, many owners and users looked only at short-term construction costs. The least expensive building to construct typically was the preferred choice.
“There’s been a shift away from industrial clients coming to us saying, ‘I just need the lowest possible cost.’ Now, there’s real attention given to how we can work together to build a better building,” Bristol Group president Todd Ball recently told The Lane Report. “Clients today are wanting a better environment to actually do the manufacturing in.”
All-metal construction might be the preferred choice for companies looking to build smaller facilities or that have design needs that are matched with the advantages of “pre-engineered” steel construction. In most cases, the initial cost of a building with metal panel walls will be less than using an insulated concrete wall system.
However, metal construction might not be the best choice for many companies and could result in higher total costs over time.
Precast concrete construction has many benefits. Precast structural wall panels, such as those Bristol is using to build the 300,000 square-foot Rev-A-Shelf facility in Louisville, can provide better quality, faster construction and lower operational costs than traditional building methods.
- Concrete panels can be built simultaneously in a manufacturing facility, then erected in a short period of time. This manufacturing process allows design and construction to overlap, reducing the delivery cycle of a new facility.
- When these components are cast indoors, weather won’t delay production.
- They reduce the need for onsite labor, which is less productive in the field environment.
- Concrete exteriors can provide better security than metal.
- The building envelope consistently outperforms conventional metal panel construction by reducing air infiltration and moisture build-up – reducing overall operating costs.
Bristol Group has more than 25 years of experience constructing both traditional and precast concrete buildings. Our professionals help our clients make the right choice based on their needs.
“We listen to our customers, share options, and go with what makes economic sense,” Ball said.