Problem Solver - August 2014
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Find an Efficient Building Solution

Cost and time constraints can create problems when constructing recreation, sports and fitness facilities. Finding the right building solution can reduce your costs and improve your timeline, and also can ensure your facility is energy-efficient.

Q: We want to build a new facility to house our recreation and fitness center. What should we consider?

A: Take a look at pre-engineered steel systems. These types of structures feature a lower cost than typical construction, while offering an aesthetically pleasing finished facility. When you rely on steel systems construction, you can save up to 30 percent of the construction cost, depending on the building type.

Standardization and computer-assisted design have made it possible to reduce planning time, as well as construction time. In fact, your building can be constructed in up to a third less time than other construction methods.

Q: We want to find a way to reduce our energy cost. What sort of building will be more efficient?

A: Pre-engineered steel systems offer many ways of reducing your energy costs. With insulated roof and wall systems, your HVAC costs will drop significantly. In addition, cool roof colors can help naturally keep your facility cooler. Other methods of reducing energy costs in your facility include natural lighting options such as skylights and translucent wall panels. These not only lower the cost of keeping your facility lit, but also provide a pleasant, natural aesthetic for the patrons using the building.

Q: We want our new facility to be recognized for its environmentally friendly features. What should we know?

A: In addition to saving energy costs, steel building systems help you go green and can contribute toward LEED certification, if that's something you're aiming for. Even if you aren't looking to certify your structure, these buildings will contribute toward your green mission.

Steel building systems help by enhancing energy efficiency and renewable energy, safeguarding water, conserving materials and resources and providing excellent indoor air quality.


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