Metal building foundation plans are a critical aspect of constructing a metal building. The foundation is the substructure on which a building rests, typically made of reinforced concrete with footing for columns to rest. The design and construction of a well-performing foundation must meet some basic requirements, such as distributing the weight of the structure over a large area to avoid overloading the underlying soil and anchoring the structure against natural forces.
Importance of Metal Building Foundation Plans
Metal building foundations are different – and generally more complicated – than those for conventional structures. Therefore, it's crucial to engage the services of a licensed structural/foundation engineer experienced in their design. Contact JRH Engineering for a free consultation for your metal building project for the state of Texas. The metal building kit comes with detailed plans -- but NOT foundation plans. A foundation plan, sealed by a professional engineer, is typically required as part of your building permit application.
Types of Metal Building Foundations
There are several types of metal building foundations. The type of foundation you install helps determine the rest of the construction process, so deciding what foundation type to use is an important early step in the planning and erection of your steel building.
Pier foundations are used when a concrete slab floor is not needed. They are commonly used for barns, equipment storage, horse buildings, and in other buildings when cost is a factor.
Perimeter wall foundations are used in buildings that are heated in areas where frost lines are a concern.
Barndominiums and Metal Building Foundations
Barndominiums, also known as “Barndos” or “Shouses”, are essentially a shop house combo. These barn houses can either be traditional framed homes or constructed using a metal building, simplifying the building process. The foundation requirements for a barndominium are similar to those of other metal buildings, with the need for a solid, well-designed foundation to ensure the stability and longevity of the structure.
Are Foundation Plans Required for a Metal Building?
Yes, you will need foundation plans drawn up by a licensed structural engineer. The metal building kit comes with detailed plans -- but NOT foundation plans. A foundation plan, sealed by a professional engineer, is typically required as part of your building permit application.
What are the requirements for the foundation?
Steel buildings are typically constructed on a perimeter foundation or on piers. Your foundation’s thickness should be professionally determined by a licensed foundation engineer, however, a good estimate for successful building erection is a foundation thickness of at least four to eight inches.
Do I need a foundation?
At the very least, you do need piers for the building to be constructed upon. Your concrete supplier or engineer should be able to check to see if your current foundation is adequate.
Contact JRH Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc. at (281) 489-5066 for a free consultation for your metal building project.
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