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Avoiding Costly Mistakes in Your Building Project

Jul 22, 2008
Hiring the most qualified erector to assemble your prefab steel building is a key decision that will affect the overall success of your building project. Many different problems for your steel building project may be the fault of an incompetent steel building erector. The most obvious potential problem is, of course, incorrectly erecting the building.

You have to work with a person who is trained and practiced in the type of building you want assembled. Some erectors have training in some, but not all, steel building systems. There are some helpful guidelines in getting a qualified erector and a capable crew for your real estate project.

No one wants an erector who has done poor work in the past. Then it's up to you to analyze their past workmanship. See that you look at an older as well as a more recent project. Investigating their prior work can reveal a lot, particularly any red flags that you may want to avoid.

Did they fix all concerns with these projects? A good erector will have done so. It is very important to find out if the erector is certified by a professional steel building supplier to erect your type of building and to verify if he and his crew have recently attended training sessions to update their various skills.

It is very important to find someone who is capable of managing the project and communicate with others at the worksite. This is the job of the project superintendent. Also, contrary to what you (or your accountant) may think, don't make it a practice to always contract with the lowest bidder for a job. Low bids can be harbingers of poor performance. Why is this the case? There might not be ample funds in such a low bid to allow all of the work to be completed accurately.

The most expensive erector could very easily have initially been the least expensive. The person you are thinking about has to present a copy of an OSHA-approved safety program. The erector must be up to date on all safety requirements and hold frequent job site safety meetings.

So, let's review. What do you need to begin? We had mentioned the need to hire two essential personnel: an erector and a superintendent. They will need to have access to all your drawings, so make sure that they are on-site and complete.

Lastly, you should scrutinize the work regularly and make sure that the appropriate tools and equipment are being used, that temporary bracing is being used constantly throughout the worksite, that design bracing requirements are implemented for the permanent bracing, and that the appearance will not be "out-of-plane." The instructions and erection drawings must be accessible and on-hand for the job. So as to make certain that these job-site drawings are thorough, you must have a professional consultant take a close look at everything. These guidelines will help you toward a timely completion of your new building and years and years of satisfactory use of your new steel building.

This article has clearly been a brief overview and is not intended to thoroughly cover the topic. We have only hit on the key ideas. Most likely we have only raised more questions than we have answered. Therefore, if you do have more questions (as we imagine you do) then we recommend that you call a reputable company. I'm sure they'll be more than happy to answer your questions and probably offer you a great deal on a new building!
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