The EDiS Intern Experience: Preconceptions About Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings
Walking into my interview for an internship with EDiS Building Systems, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what EBS’s product was all about. Beforehand, I had researched the company and the pre–engineered building supplier (Butler) and came to the conclusion that this was a company that designed and sold pole barns, and the common end users of these buildings were probably in the agricultural and industrial sector. I could not have been more wrong.
While it’s true that a lot of applications of Butler pre–engineered metal buildings are in the agricultural and industrial market, there are also other uses including, but not limited to the educational, retail, religious, community and military sectors. The diversity of different end uses can be attributed to the versatility of the Butler system due to custom engineering per the individual job requirements, and the any different wall and roof.
Each building is specifically engineered according to the dimensions of the building and the loads that will be imposed on it. These loads could be wind, snow, rain, seismic, collateral loads for HVAC, electrical or plumbing equipment. These loads could also be from future re–roofs, cranes for lifting material etc. The loads and dimensions determine the size and shape of the various primary and secondary structural members in order to offer the strength needed without any excess material that would drive up cost.
Butler Manufacturing Company offers many different roof and wall systems to fit different customers’ needs. The Butlerib-II roof system is a screw down roof that offers economy and ease of replacement of damaged panels. The MR-24 roof system boasts the industry’s best track record when it comes to weather tightness in a standing seam metal roof. The VSR-II is a standing seam roof for those applications that require a more architecturally pleasing appearance. Finally, the CMR-24 roof system combines the weather tightness of the MR-24 roof with insulation and a metal liner panel to provide a more finished appearance from the inside and a more efficient building. Any demand put forth by a building occupant from a metal roof system can be met between these four roof systems.
There are the many metal siding profiles available in different colors as well as insulated metal panels for greater temperature control and textured panels for a more architecturally appealing finish. There are also many different aftermarket panels available that offer many different finishes such as brick, stucco, stone, cedar, and many more. This wide variety of options allows markets that need more attractive and exciting appearances (i.e. retail, restaurant and dining, hospitality, and religious) to consider using a Butler building for their envelope.
While Butler’s pre–engineered metal buildings can be a sheet metal box for Old MacDonald to put his tractor away for the night, they can also be multi–story buildings that offer people from a variety of different markets to have a structure that is tailored to their needs and can be delivered in less time than conventional building construction.