It's nice to have options. New construction can incorporate a number of structural support elements, the basic three being steel, wood or concrete.
LIVE LOADS VS. DEAD LOADS IN STRUCTURAL DESIGN
Structural design is all about calculating loads. The engineering firm Nishkian offers a succinct description: "Loads are commonly understood as forces that cause stresses, deformations, or accelerations.
WHY ARCHITECTS LOVE THE HUMBLE I BEAM IN STRUCTRUAL STEEL CONSTRUCTION
Every pound counts in architectural design. The more materials used, the more expensive the building. However, too little material results in a weak edifice.
HOW STEEL TARIFFS CONTRIBUTE TO HIGH CONSTRUCTION COSTS ON THE FRONT RANGE
Many of our customers are asking us, "Why is steel costing so much?" It's a fair question with no simple answer.
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STEEL FRAMING BUILDING COMPONENTS
You can erect nearly anything with steel: homes, shops, hangars, factories, warehouses, high rises, entertainment/sports arenas and shopping malls. The inherent compressive and tensile properties of steel lend more versatility to architectural design than any other conventional framing system.
STEEL BEAMS VS. WOOD BEAMS FOR YOUR RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PROJECT
If you're building a new home, or deeply renovating the one you have, you may wonder whether to use steel beams vs. wood beams. The answer depends on your budget, design goals, construction schedule and sustainability preferences.