A little knowledge can go a long way when weighing the pros and cons of a steel building, according to Mark Bockelman, owner of Bockelman’s Landscaping and Garden Center in Fowler, Ohio.
“Unfortunately, some people are afraid of steel because they don’t know enough about it,” explains Mark. “But steel is really an excellent option for buildings because it’s durable, versatile and affordable. I recommend it – and Worldwide Steel Buildings – all the time.”
Bockelman knows firsthand the value of steel after deciding to use galvanized steel framing (manufactured by Worldwide Steel Buildings) for the greenhouse he and his teenage daughter, Leah, assembled in 2017. The 24’ x 40’ structure, which features corrugated walls and partially corrugated roofing, still looks new today despite the naturally wet environment.
Bockelman credits the custom galvanization he requested from Worldwide Steel Buildings for protecting his greenhouse from rusting and pitting. And that’s important to him, not only from a long-term structural standpoint but also in regard to business growth. As a retailer, he needs his greenhouse to look good on all levels.
“Offering a clean and pristine shopping environment is meaningful to our customers,” says Bockelman, who’s been in business for over 30 years. “It’s one of the keys to our success.”
Get started on designing a steel building for your business or personal property by utilizing the free 3D Building Designer Tool at WorldwideSteelBuildings.com.
Bob Singer and his wife are really happy about their decision to relocate from Arizona to Hamilton, Missouri. In addition to the utter enjoyment of being near family – especially their eight grandchildren – the Singers are also very pleased with their choice of a steel house and garage manufactured by Worldwide Steel Buildings.
“Going with Worldwide Steel allowed us to build the home we wanted and remain in our price range,” tells Bob, who’s now in the process of building out the interior of his home. “The 3-D design tool on the website made it easy for us to take our ideas and transform them into reality.”
Today, that reality stands as a sturdy 48’ x 72’ steel building. It offers a 1,824 square-foot, three-car garage featuring 16’ walls that lodges the Singers’ full-size motor home, which serves as temporary living quarters while finishing off the home interior.
Speaking of the 1,632 square-foot home, it provides 12’ walls along with plenty of living space that includes: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, dining room, den, kitchen, pantry and utility room. And, according to Bob, he plans to add second-floor living space down the road.
“My sister liked our steel home so much that she built one down in Arizona,” notes Bob. “Not surprisingly, she decided to go with Worldwide Steel Buildings, too. Their product and customer service set them apart from other manufacturers.”
To start tinkering around with a steel building of your own, try out the free 3D Building Designer Tool at WorldwideSteelBuildings.com.
What’s in a name?
Just about everything, especially when it comes to Worldwide Steel Buildings.
We chose that name because of the confidence we have in our product to withstand any climate anywhere – including Juneau, Alaska, where we manufactured an oversized steel garage for Tom and Pamela Chapin.
“We live in a remote community that is only accessible by boat or plane and 900 miles away from major shipping ports,” says Tom. “In our rainforest we receive approximately 120 inches of rain yearly and annual snowfall of up to 200 inches.”
Although those conditions may intimidate some steel building manufacturers, they didn’t deter the Worldwide Steel Buildings team and lead consultant John Turner. Able to overcome the 3,000-mile distance barrier via phone and email communication, John, along with Tom and Pamela, successfully mapped out detailed blueprints, manufacturing specifications and logistics for the oversized garage.
“As a result of John and many others at Worldwide Steel Buildings, my garage has become a reality,” notes Tom. “We look back on this project and experience in a very positive light.”
Learn more about Worldwide Steel Buildings – and test out our new 3D Building Designer software – at WorldwideSteelBuildings.com.
We take pride in the products we manufacture, and how they help our customers meet not only a practical need for space, but also achieve their goals for their business, family, or lifestyle. That’s why we love hearing from customers like Russ and Ranae about how they’re using their customizable steel building:
“My wife and I have had a great time building our shop. I am attaching a few pictures of the shop (as you can see, we still have some inside work to do). We have done all of the work ourselves, except for the cement footings and floor. Not too bad for a couple of senior citizens!
Thank you for all your support and encouragement. If anybody would like to see one of your buildings, we would be glad to show them ours.”
Russ & Ranae L.
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Thank you, Russ and Ranae, for sharing your story, and for choosing Worldwide Steel Buildings for your project. Please let us know if we can be of assistance at any time. Enjoy your new shop!
How are you using YOUR Worldwide Steel Building? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you!
Summer is officially here – but we don’t need to tell you that. Cities across the country have been experiencing record heat and high temperatures, and fall is still months away. It’s hot out there!
Fortunately, air conditioning is available pretty much everywhere, and that certainly includes steel buildings. Each of our building kits is completely customizable to accommodate the specific climate control needs of your building usage. Keep in mind it will get cold again and you want to be prepared.
Flexibility to incorporate building systems
Whether you want to air condition the office space within a hybrid warehouse/office structure, or provide climate control for your entire garage, workshop, or single-family steel home, you can plan and layout your own HVAC (as well as power and other systems) for part or all of your building kit. Need a little help? Our experienced customer service team can work with you to understand your HVAC and systems needs and customize your building kit to achieve them.
Design elements to help you keep your cool
While HVAC is the primary means of keeping things cool in the warm weather, some of the most basic design elements can also be used to help manage climate and air circulation in your steel building:
- Doorways / openings – with clear span buildings 24-225 feet, our steel building kits allow for large garage-style door openings on multiple sides of the building to provide cross-ventilation.
- Windows – another obvious, but important one: our clear span designs also allow you to place windows to maximize (or minimize) natural light and ventilation based on your specific building site.
- Ceilings / roofs – the open design of our building kits means you can customize the ceiling height and roof pitch to allow heat to rise to the top of your building, vent out of your building and away from your belongings, equipment – and from you.
Let us know how we can help – and stay cool! For more information about metal building kits contact us, or start designing your building with our online 3D Building Designer Tool by clicking the image below.
Our goal at Worldwide Steel Buildings is to provide our customers high-quality, affordable steel building kits customized to their unique needs or purpose. We love to share our customers’ stories and the great things they are doing with our products:
Wings of Faith: “Real People Meeting Real Needs”
Wings of Faith Ministries provides ongoing support and donations to missionaries serving mainly Native American populations in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, as well as communities in Appalachian West Virginia. Their volunteer light aircraft pilots make more than 60 flights a year to bring food, clothing, medical supplies, and other aid to those who need it.
Several years ago, Wings of Faith purchased one of our steel building kits to house supplies and donations awaiting distribution to the communities they serve. Jim Yost, who coordinates logistics and deliveries for Wings of Faith, shared these thoughts and photos:
“Our building from Worldwide has proved absolutely invaluable in serving the very poor of the Native American reservations of the Four Corners area. I cannot imagine doing what we do without it. In May 2018, we moved over 50,000 pounds of supplies through this building.”
Thanks to Jim for sharing your story, and for the great work your organization is doing to help others! To learn more about Wings of Faith, visit flywithwings.org.
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At Worldwide Steel Buildings, we are proud of our processes that make building a steel structure of any kind, anywhere, as painless and streamlined as possible. However, for one of our customers, timing, communication and follow through were of utmost importance. Here is his experience in his words:
A Challenging Location to Build a Steel Building
For most people, any undertaking of a construction project requires major consideration with regard to time money and frustration. Most would prefer to leave these challenges up to a general contractor and in the end, enjoy all the rewards and just write the check.
Our situation in Juneau has additional considerations. First, we live in a remote community 900 miles away from major shipping ports and access is by boat or plane only. Along with our geographical location, we live in a rainforest that receives approx. 120 inches of rain yearly and annual snowfall that can reach 200 inches. All of this provides for approximately 5 months of sensible building time in a calendar year, so a commitment to a timeline and follow through is essential.
Expectations Were Set Low Due to Previous Experiences
Having lived here for 30-plus years has demonstrated that even the best of companies and corporations from the lower forty eight have and are unable to overcome the many challenges that Juneau presents. And for them to oversell and under execute is more often the norm rather than the exception.
All that said, to maintain control of all factors, I decided to be my own general contractor, designer and banker. And with the help from my lovely assistant and wife Pamela, would construct and build our new garage. I knew what I wanted, where I wanted it and how much I could spend.
(Our 3D Building Designer tool helps you get started on the design of your steel building project!)
Worldwide Steel Was Great from the First Contact
After a year of research and planning, I sent out emails to over a dozen steel building providers. This email contained what I would consider a comprehensive list of details and overview of my project. For comparison’s sake, I was patient and waited for many to respond. Perhaps comparison is the wrong term, for it was more of a contrast as replies came in.
Right from the start, Worldwide steel and more specifically, Mr. John Turner, immediately responded, providing information, answering questions, going over options and discussing details. The information Mr. Turner provided seemed to be more confirmed, confident and backed by firsthand knowledge and industry experience than did others who replied.
Communication Was Convenient
In short order, I knew exactly who he was, what he did and how he could help me with our project. Although there was a three hour time difference, Mr. Turner gave me multiple points of contact: email, phone numbers, etc., and I was encouraged to reach out at any time, after hours and on weekends. Other companies literally took months to return any reply, or deferred me to someone else, or someone would have someone else call me back, or sent me to an automated voicemail tree.
The Construction Process Was Seamless
After deciding to go with Worldwide Steel, John and the team at Worldwide put together a seamless chain of events and efforts from architects, engineers, logistics, shipping departments, finalizing plan details and setting up time schedules, as well as providing necessary plans, documentation, and certifications needed for the local permitting process.
At Worldwide I had one contact, John Turner with a direct line, who always answered the phone or called me back within minutes. But more importantly, John was always in line and up to date with the specifics of my project and its progress. I never felt as if my little garage got lost in the day-to-day shuffle of people being too busy to take the time.
My Steel Garage Is On Schedule and Under Budget
As a result of John and the many others at Worldwide, my little garage has become a reality. We are currently on schedule and under budget working on interior and final details. We are able to look back on this project and experience in a positive light (the wife and I are still talking to each other).
If an honest and truthful recommendation based on deeds, performance and proven abilities was ever deserved, well, my hat’s off to Mr. John Turner and the team from Worldwide Steel. Good job!
See more steel buildings our customers have built on our testimonials page.
If you have a steel building in your future, trust the experienced team at Worldwide Steel Buildings. Call us at (800) 825-0316.
At Worldwide Steel Buildings, we’re always amazed at the uses our customers come up with for our outstanding buildings. Check out this steel building kit that makes swimming a year-round activity. Here’s what the customer had to say about it:
The steel structure is incredibly strong and stable. We can get up to 1.5 feet of snow in our area and the frame can easily handle that weight load. We also can get high winds here and the structure hasn’t budged an inch.
It is also very unique in appearance: the frame inside of the pool space has a geometric look that blends well with the rounded style of our pool. Externally, the frame has a clean look and gives very nice ‘curb appeal’. The steel frame design itself makes it very easy to safely mount any kind of accoutrements we’d like in the space (lights, wireless speakers, things like that).
This structure, combined with the polycarbonate siding we chose, gives us a pool space we can use all year. We can cool the building with our fan system during the summer and warm it with area heating in the winter.
We couldn’t be happier with how the project turned out. We have a pool house we can use anytime, any season, and this is something that really adds value to the investment we made for our pool space. We can’t wait to do some swimming when it’s snowing outside!
Again, thanks for all of your help with this, it took quite the effort but really turned out sensational! Thanks, Rob H.
To see more metal buildings our customers have built, and what they have to say about them, visit our testimonials page.