Structural Steel can be Rapidly Designed, Fabricated and Erected
Structural steel's ability to be designed, fabricated and erected rapidly shorten the framing system schedule, provide earlier site access for other trades and allow earlier project occupancy. Structural steel is fabricated off-site, meaning that much of the work is done before the steel shows up at the job site, whereas other materials are dependent on site access and ideal weather conditions before work can proceed.
Structural steel enhances construction productivity because of its ability to be shop fabricated while maintaining tight construction tolerances. Fabricating steel in a shop ensures a high-quality product that can be rapidly erected in the field without incurring excessive change requests. Other field-placed materials will always lag behind steel's productivity curve due to processes such as forming, shoring and cure times or the high labor demands of stick-built construction processes. And unlike other building systems, steel can be rapidly erected even during winter.
Steel's scheduling efficiency translates to cost savings by:
- Reducing the overall critical path by completing the structure sooner
- Reducing general condition costs with a shorter construction schedule
- Increasing revenue from early occupation due to faster construction
The schedule for the LA Live project was reduced by 2 months by switching to steel framing. Click here to read more.
The Alexan at Lenox - Atlanta: The overall construction time was 14 months and the steel was erected in 13 weeks. Another project done by the same owner that was similar in size and scope was built out of wood framing, and had a total schedule of 26 months.
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