Building Design

A great benefit of doing business with us is the knowledge and experience of our sales team, as well as the large variety of options we can offer you.  Whether it be a simple carport, barn, warehouse, barndominium, or any other type of metal structure, our staff is dedicated to helping you design your building the exact way you want it. 

In the design process of metal buildings, we’ll use several defining terms that will prove to be helpful to you as we serve you with the best product and process possible.  Below is a brief listing of these terms:

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Anchor Bolt Plan

A plan view drawing showing the diameter, location, and projection of all anchor bolts for the components of the Metal Building System and may show column reactions (magnitude and direction).  The maximum base plate dimensions may also be shown.

Approval Drawings

A set of drawings that may include framing plans, elevations, and sections through the building for approval by the builder.

Base Angle

An angle secured to a wall or foundation used to attach bottom of the wall paneling.


The space between frame center lines or primary supporting members in the longitudinal directions of the building.

Beam and Column

A structural system consisting of a series of rafter beams supported by columns.  Often used as the end frame of a building.

Building Code

Regulations established by a recognized agency describing design loads, procedures and construction details for structures usually applying to a designated political jurisdiction (city, county, state, etc.).

Built-Up Section

A structural member, usually an “I” shaped section, made from individual flat plates welded together.

Cee Section

A member in the shape of a block “C” formed from steel sheet, that may be used either singularly or back to back.

Closure Strip

A strip, formed to the contour of ribbed panels and used to close openings created by ribbed panels joining other components, either made of resilient material or metal.


The line along the sidewall formed by the intersection of the planes of the roof and wall.

Framed Opening

Framing members and flashing which surround an opening.


The triangular portion of the endwall from the level of the eave to the ridge of the roof.


  • Auxiliary Loads – All specified dynamic live loads other than the basic design loads which the building must safely withstand, such as cranes, material handling systems, machinery, elevators, vehicles and impact loads.
  • Collateral Loads – The weight of additional permanent materials required by the contract other than the Building System, such as sprinklers, mechanical and electrical systems, partitions and ceilings.
  • Dead Loads – The dead load of a building is the weight of all permanent construction, such as floor, roof, framing, and covering members.
  • Design Loads – Those loads specified in building codes published by Federal, State, Country or City agencies on in owner’s specifications to be used in the design of a building.
  • Live Loads – Loads that are produced (1) during maintenance by workers, equipment, and materials, and (2) during the life of the structure by movable objects and do not include wind, snow, seismic, or dead loads.
  • Main Frame – An assemblage of rafters and columns that support the secondary framing members and transfer loads directly to the foundation.
  • Purlin – A horizontal structural member that supports roof covering and carries loads to the primary framing members.
  • Rake – The intersection of the plane of the roof and the plane of the endwall.
  • Ridge – The horizontal line formed by opposing sloping sides of a roof running parallel with the building length.
  • Self-Drilling Screw – A fastener that combines the function of drilling and tapping.
  • Self-Tapping Screw – A fastener that taps its own threads in a predrilled hole.
  • Ventilator – A roof mounted accessory, which allows the air to pass through.
  • Zee Section – A member cold formed from steel sheet in the approximate shape of a “Z”.