How to Erect a Steel Building

How to Erect a Steel Building

The erection of structural steelwork consists of the assembly of steel components into a frame on site. The components are then lifted and placed into position before they are connected together.

Steel erection essentially consists of four main tasks: 

• Establishing that the foundations are suitable and safe for erection to commence.

• Lifting and placing components into position, generally using cranes but sometimes by jacking. To secure components in place bolted connections will be made, but will not yet be fully tightened. Bracings may similarly not be fully secured.

• Aligning the structure, principally by checking that column bases are lined and level and columns are plumb. Packing in beam-to-column connections may need to be changed to allow column plumb to be adjusted.

• Bolting-up which means completing all the bolted connections to secure and impart rigidity to the frame.

Generally, connection is achieved through bolting but, in some cases, site welding is used. The assembled frame needs to be aligned to within tolerance expectations before final bolting up is completed. 

The completed steel frame may then be handed over to following trades in an acceptable condition. 

Design for construction

The successful construction (including erection) of steel structures safely, quickly and economically starts long before the actual steelwork arrives on site from the fabrication shop. The ‘buildability’ of the structure is influenced significantly by decisions made during the design process long before erection commences.

It is important that designers clearly understand the impact of their decisions. Design for construction is a valid design objective and one that should be considered along with the other usual design objectives in play.

Erection planning

Planning for erection should start at the very beginning of the design process. Such planning should consider the construction sequence, the design factors that affect buildability and site practice in terms of typical erection plant.


In the broader design and planning context, there are three planning factors that affect the buildability of steel structures:

1. Practical erection sequence: the location of both temporary and permanent bracing systems or other means of maintaining structural equilibrium are crucial here

2. Simplicity of assembly: simply assembled connections are the main factor here

3. Logical trade sequences: which will affect the development of the master contract programme as the pre-tender plan metamorphoses into the construction plan.


Tekmetsan supports its clients during the erection works and offers free consultation and installation guideline to assist the clients.

Metal Building insulation


In most applications, the primary feature of thermal insulation material is its ability to reduce heat exchange between a surface and the environment; or between one surface and another surface. The general rule is the lower a material’s thermal conductivity, the greater its ability to insulate for given material thickness and set of conditions. 

Before buying an insulation system for your metal building, you need to understand insulation R-value.

At its simplest, insulation R-value indicates the amount of heat flow through an insulation product.

The higher the R-value number, the greater the product’s resistance to heat transference.

The more effectively the insulation works, the greater your energy savings.

However, just buying thicker insulation and stuffing it into a wall does not increase energy efficiency.  The more air pockets in insulation, the better the insulation works.

Why Insulation R-Value is so important

Steel buildings have many benefits over other framing materials.  However, steel has one weakness: thermal transference.  In an uninsulated metal building, summer heat and winter cold can follow through the framing, affecting interior comfort.

Nevertheless, insulating metal buildings with a first-class insulation system renders steel’s thermal transference moot.

For example, Tekmetsan’s insulation panels breaks heat and cold transfer through the steel, creating a comfortable, cosy inside interior.

Starting with a Tightly Sealed Structure

Even the best metal building insulation is only part of the energy efficiency equation.

If the structure leaks air, it consumes too much energy in spite of a high insulation R-value.

As an organic material, wood framing twists, warps, creeps, and sags with changing humidity.  As lumber-framed buildings age, nails start to pull out and loosen, creating air leaks and drafts.

On the other hand, a pre-engineered steel building creates a very tight building envelope.

The steel framing will never move or change in shape.  The high-strength bolts and screws used in a TEKMETSAN metal building hold tightly.  Consequently, our metal buildings stay tight and draft-free for the lifetime of the structure.

Insulating Metal Buildings during Construction is the Smart Move

Customers sometimes consider cutting corners by eliminating steel building insulation from their order.  They think they can add insulation to the building later.

Insulating metal buildings at a later date is possible.  However, it is much more labour-intensive to add steel building insulation to an existing structure than to install insulation during construction.

In delayed insulation installation, some of the structure will require disassembly.

In addition, removing and replacing steel panels could cause leaks, if screws are not placed in exactly the same locations.


You need to consider how to insulate a metal building for maximum efficiency right in the early phase of the project design. Tekmetsan steel buildings come with great options of medium and high R values to provide an energy efficient insulated environment for your building.

What is a pre-engineered steel building ?

What is a pre-engineered steel building ?

There is not one but many definition of pre-engineered steel building

• A cost-efficient building system alternative to conventional construction
• A steel building designed for the most efficient use of raw materials
• A structural system generally including steel framing, roofing, and wall cladding
• A structure built on site using prefabricated components
• A simplified, streamlined building system designed for quick construction

Check out the below video prepared by American Metal Building Builder Association.

The versatility of steel prefab buildings makes them a popular building solution for commercial enterprises, industrial structures, and even personal use buildings.

Designing a Pre-engineered Steel Building

Tekmetsan pre-engineered steel buildings are not standard designs ordered from a catalog. Each of our prefab building is designed, engineered, and fabricated for the specific project, based on the customer’s needs.

Based on the customer-supplied details, computer-aided design software creates working plans and detailed drawings.

Current local building codes, equipment loads, and other detailed criteria are fed into advanced steel engineering programs.

Every order includes an anchor bolt plan and a full set of assembly plans.


Fabricating a Pre-engineered Steel Building

Drawings detailing the manufacturing of every piece of the framing arrive at the manufacturing plant.

Each individual component of the framing is precision cut, shaped, welded, drilled, painted, and marked per the exacting specifications in the drawings.

Tekmetsan supplies prefab buildings with a single-source shipment of the entire steel framing system. 
All the framing pieces and accessories ship together.
 Everything arrives at your job site on an agreed schedule.

Erecting Prefab Buildings

Typically, a steel prefabricated building erects in significantly shorter time of more labour-intensive construction methods.

Detailed drawings shows the exact location of every piece of the framing puzzle.  It is just a matter of installing the pre-marked pieces in the locations indicated. All structural members bolt together easily.


Pre-engineered prefab buildings are the modern solution for low rise buildings on practicality, price, and performance. With years of experiences, Tekmetsan offers design and fabrication of pre-engineered buildings.

What is a steel framed building system?

What is a steel framed building system?


A steel framed building system creates an incredibly strong, long-lasting, affordable structure.

The flexibility of pre-engineered steel buildings makes them the ideal building solution for most low-rise agricultural, aviation, commercial, industrial, recreational, and storage buildings.

Check out the below video prepared by American Metal Building Builder Association.

What exactly is a Steel Framed Building System?

A metal building system is a system designed by a sophisticated steel structural software according to the design criteria and parameters. 

The software then generates detailed drawings for the fabrication of each framing component of the prefabricated metal building. 

Factory-trained professionals manufacture each piece of the framing to these exacting specifications.  Fabricators cut, shape, weld, drill, punch, paint, and mark each framing piece for quick identification.

Our steel framing systems ship to the job site, ready to assemble.

Pre-engineered Steel Building components

The steel building framing erects in a systematic, logical order:

• Factory-produced steel column and rafter beams bolt together with heavy-duty steel bolts and nuts, forming a single frame.

• These frames bolt to the foundation, creating a “bay”— the area between two frames.

Steel girts are attached to the sides of the columns for cladding support.

Steel purlins connect the frames across the roof.

• Typically, insulation (sandwich) panels screw to the roof and exterior walls forming the “skin” of the prefabricated metal building. However, a metal building system may also be finished with block, brick, glass, aluminium, tilt-up concrete, or any other traditional exterior finish.

In addition, all Tekmetsan pre-engineered steel buildings include an anchor bolt diagram and a set of plans for the erection works.

Contact Our Experts at Tekmetsan

Contact Tekmetsan Steel Building Systems now for more information about our commercial-grade steel building framing. 

You can trust our experienced metal building specialists to answer your every building question.  They can also provide valuable professional advice for streamlining your prefabricated metal building project. 

Portal Frame Buildings

Portal Frame Buildings

One of the most important decisions in purchasing a pre-engineered steel building is choosing the type of framing.  Which best fits the end-use, size, design, specifications, and budget for your project?

A Tekmetsan steel framed building uses “portal frame” steel framing.

Portal frame buildings are low-rise structures consisting of rafters and columns which are connected to moment-resisting connections for super strength.  As a result, they are constructed bay by bay which make them very fast to erect on site.  They were first developed in the 1960s, and have now become the most common form of construction.  

Portal frame construction is therefore typically seen in warehouses, barns and other places where large, open spaces are required at low cost and a pitched roof is acceptable.

Clear Span Steel Building

The frame of a clear span building is self-supporting and requires no interior columns.  The interior is completely open and unobstructed.

A clear span system provides the maximum amount of usable floor space and maximum floor plan flexibility.

Clear span structures are available up to 30 meters in width on Tekmetsan standard steel structures.
Clear span widths of over 30 meters are also possible with a custom order.
Typically, clear span framing works well wherever manoeuvrability is a factor.
Clear span structures are ideal for:

• Agricultural Buildings
Aircraft and Helicopter Hangars
• Factories and Workshops
• Manufacturing Facilities
• Recreational Facilities and Gymnasiums
• Storage Buildings

As the open-span width increases, the size and weight of the steel framing members must also increase to handle the structural load.

Modular Metal Framing

In modular framing, interior columns evenly distribute the structural load. Therefore, modular steel structures require lighter steel. Less framing weight reduces the cost of not only the steel building framing, but often the foundation as well.
Generally speaking, the wider the building, the greater the savings with a modular frame.
Unless unobstructed floor space is critical to the operation, most steel framed buildings wider than 30 meters use modular span framing. These may include:

• Distribution Centres
• Industrial Facilities
• Manufacturing Plants
• Warehouses

If clear span space is not paramount to your building’s operation, consider getting quotes for both systems for comparison of pricing.


Clear span designs offer the most usable space; modular designs create the most economical steel structures.

Whatever your metal building needs, Tekmetsan’s steel building framing specialists can provide you with expert guidance in choosing the best steel framed building for your specific application.  Our friendly and experienced staff will answer all your questions from building concept to completion

Building faster and smarter steel prefab buildings

Building faster and smarter steel buildings

Tekmetsan Steel Buildings save time and money in many ways.

Naturally, faster construction is convenient for consumers and their building projects. However, time is even more critical for commercial or industrial construction.

For the commercial builder, the quicker a structure is completed, the less spent on builder’s time and labour.

For the commercial client, the faster their building is completed, the sooner it opens for business and earns a return on the investment.

A Tekmetsan prefabricated building saves time in various ways;

Save Time When Ordering Tekmetsan Buildings

Working with someone who really knows both the product and construction is critical.

Tekmetsan’s metal building specialists bring years of hands-on construction experience and an extensive knowledge of the Tekmetsan steel building system to the table. They have a complete picture of your project specifics before they issue you a metal building quote.

Our exceptional technical staff will answer your every question.  They also share valuable insights and ideas for streamlining or improving your design.


Our Design Software Saves Time on a Prefabricated Building

Steel is a strong, consistent, and predictable building material.  Therefore, it is the ideal material for state-of-the-art computer aided design software.

By making optimal use of steel’s inherent strength, sophisticated steel engineering software significantly reduces design time for TEKMETSAN metal prefab buildings.

Our 3d structural analysis software also ensures the structural integrity of the framing throughout your Tekmetsan structure.

In addition, Tekmetsan’s software quickly and efficiently generates manufacturing drawings for the individual framing components of our steel prefab building kits.

That also speeds up the manufacturing process for your structure.

Fewer Framing Pieces in Our Metal Building Kits

Steel has the strongest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material.

Design and engineering software works together to create the most efficient use of steel.

Consequently, the framing requires far fewer framing components for a very solid, durable structure.

Tekmetsan Steel Prefab Buildings Ship Quickly

TEKMETSAN typically ships metal prefab building kits in four to seven weeks, depending on the size and complexity of your building project.

TEKMETSAN Steel Prefab Building Kits Ship Everything Together

Options ordered with your framing package arrive with your steel framing package.

Tekmetsan prefabricated building options include:

Insulated and non-insulated panels
• Gutters and downspouts
• Skylights and wall lights
• Vents
Mezzanines and Canopies
Therefore, you will not be waiting around for various shipments to arrive from other sources.

Our Metal Prefab Buildings Go Up Fast

In a Tekmetsan prefabricated building, all the structural components arrive from the factory ready to assemble.  There is no need for cutting, welding, punching, or drilling.  Everything comes marked and ready to bolt and screw together.

In fact, most clients find they significantly reduce construction time with Tekmetsan metal prefab building kits.


Tekmetsan’s experienced staff and streamlined production system helps bring your project in on time and on budget.

Custom Metal Frame Building for your specifications

Custom Metal Frame Building for your specifications

Tekmetsan custom metal buildings are affordable, simple to erect, cost-effective to operate, strong, reliable, and very versatile.

Tekmetsan’s Custom Metal Buildings Offer Amazingly Flexible Designs

With today’s advanced structural steel computer programs, a Tekmetsan frame building is quick and economical to design. You just order the building size that best fits your needs and budget and then let us take care of the rest.

In a Tekmetsan portal frame steel building, columns are typically spaced 6 meters apart.

Our clear span buildings range from 4 meters to 50 meters in width. Adding a single centre column in each frame allows structures as wide as 300 meters.

Figure 1 Clear Span Buildings

Only steel is strong enough to handle the loads for such massive dimensions.
Our pre-engineered metal buildings have no length constraints.  And all our structural steel buildings extend easily for later expansion.
A Tekmetsan metal framed structure can also be up to 12 meters or more in height.
Also, all Tekmetsan metal frame buildings work on any foundation system, including perimeter footing, pier-and beam, and concrete slab.


Custom Metal Buildings with Remarkably Precise Fabrication

Every Tekmetsan prefab steel frame building is cut, welded, and drilled precisely to exacting industry standards.  Tolerances are tight.

When completed, fabricators mark each part for easy identification on the job site.

A Tekmetsan Steel Frame Building Provides Adaptable Floor Plans

Since the Tekmetsan steel framing is completely self-supporting, you will enjoy complete freedom for your interior layout.
Our prefab metal buildings also make remodelling a snap. Change wall locations and remodel as you need, without worrying about load-bearing walls.

Today’s metal buildings do not look like the old tin barns of past.  In fact, there are no limits to the exterior looks available with a Tekmetsan steel building system.

Complete your Tekmetsan metal framed structure with brick, colourful steel panels, decorative block, aluminium panel, glass, stone, wood— or in any combination of these materials.

In addition, you may customize your metal frame building with gutters, energy-saving insulation, canopies and mezzanines, overhangs, parapets, skylights, vents, wall lights, and sturdy entry and overhead doors.


The Countless Uses for Tekmetsan Prefab Metal Buildings

You will find there is a Tekmetsan metal building solution for almost any application. In fact, buyers find that Tekmetsan’s steel building systems adapt perfectly for every use imaginable. For example:
Helicopter hangars and shade structures
Automotive, mechanic, and welding shops
• Barns, livestock shades, stables, sheds
• Commercial structures
• Distribution centres and warehouses
• Equestrian riding arenas
• Gymnasiums, sports and recreational centres
• Industrial and manufacturing operations
• Office buildings
• Outdoor pavilions
• Residential storage, RVs and boat garages, multi-purpose garages, and workshops
• Restaurants
• Self-storage operations
• Stores and other retail businesses
• Vehicle dealerships and showrooms
Tekmetsan offers the most versatile metal buildings in the industry today.

Time saving benefits of working with Tekmetsan

Time saving benefits of working with Tekmetsan 

Time saving is essential for commercial builders. Every additional hour of construction raises their total project costs.

Tekmetsan optimizes the steel design for a quick, easy and safe erection process.

Metal Building Experts

Tekmetsan’s specialists bring years of hands-on metal building construction experience to the table. They can offer you valuable advice on streamlining and improving your construction project. Their expertise helps bring your project in on time and budget.

Lightning Fast Design/Engineering System

State-of-the-art steel engineering software dramatically shrinks design time for Tekmetsan’s prefab metal structures.
In addition, our three-dimensional structural analysis programs ensure the integrity of your steel building design. And as an added time saver, today’s computer-aided-design software quickly generates detailed fabrication drawings. These drawings dramatically increase the speed and accuracy of manufacturing your building.

Quicker Delivery
All our steel structure orders ship directly from our factory in Turkey to your job site. Our factory is located very close to the container port which will save time and slash your freight costs, too.

BIM in Steel Structures

Building Information Modelling

The key idea behind BIM (Building Information Modelling) is to have all information related to a facility organized in one application-independent model. Ideally, this model is started at concept stage and expanded during each phase of construction and operation of the facility.

While BIM is centred on a 3D model, it is not limited to geometry. Other possibilities are costs, maintenance information, manufacturers, materials, names, dates and times, position and assembly numbers, phases, revisions, and so on.

In the preconstruction phase of steel structure, performing collision detection and design review using BIM can help to reduce the losses that occur in the construction phase by identifying the problems that can be solved beforehand at the design phase (e.g., design errors). Doing so improves the design quality by reducing design errors, design changes, and rework. In the fabrication phase, the procurement process of construction frame members through BIM-based prefabrication can be simplified, and the productivity of workflow between the designers and constructors can be improved. In addition, in terms of production productivity, the workers that are involved in the production of frame members can utilize the information inputted to BIM objects to support the manufacturing process.

Our engineering department is fully engaged with the BIM software and all design & fabrication activities are carried out within the BIM framework of our clients.

5 Reasons to Use Steel Construction For Your Project

5 Reasons to Use Steel Construction For Your Project

Project management requires a lot of responsibilities. You must ensure that the objectives are met, that the quality is of a high standard, and that the customer is satisfied with the end result. The materials you use for the project have a direct impact on these factors. In this blog, we discuss why you should consider steel construction for your project


Structural steel is generally the most cost effective framing material. It brings greater value to a project because the initial cost is reasonable and because of the nature of the material, it reduces the cost of the other construction works, such as façade systems, flooring and mechanical equipment.

2 – FAST

Structural steel is fabricate offsite which allows other parts of the construction to take place during the fabrication time such as site preparation and foundation works. Once the structural steel is brought to site, it is super easy and quick to erect, thus speeding up the whole project schedule.


As structural steel is both lightweight and strong, it has the capacity to cover long spans than concrete and timber. It also requires less columns, therefore creating open plan floor space.


Structural steel uses advanced technologies to improve the design and construction stages. Computer-aided manufacturing and BIM (building information modelling) are just some of the systems used. These advanced technologies have been proven to reduce or completely eliminate errors, lower project costs and also improve safety.


As mentioned previously, because structural steel is fabricated offsite, under controlled conditions, the company producing it can ensure that it is to a high standard. By doing this, it can also reduce the number of costly fixes on the job site.