I’m Building a Steel Building … How Long Will It Take?

Posted on January 21, 2020


When you’re planning for a project as large as steel building construction, it’s important to have a good understanding of what’s involved before you get started. There’s too much on the line to get started without knowing the basics: Where you’re going to erect your building, what kinds of equipment will be needed, and who’s going to be on your crew.

Perhaps the most crucial to the success of your project is understanding how long it’s going to take, and what kinds of things can affect your timeline.

Of course, there’s no prescriptive answer to how long it takes to erect a steel building. A simple metal garage or pole barn (say, 40’ x 60’ x 14’) might take less than a week to frame. But what about an airplane hangar, a house, or any other kind of structure that’s much larger or much more involved? Then, the calculations get a little bit more complex, and we recommend you reach out to a WWSB consultant for support.

Overall, however, here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re planning the timeline of your steel building construction.

Phase construction: Consider everything you need to do before construction begins, and factor in time for that. Finding a crew, grading land, pouring concrete and taking material delivery all needs to be coordinated. After that, you can divide your building schedule into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Standing columns and trusses. Plan to devote about 15% of your time to phase one.
  • Phase 2: Framing and building out your structure. Plan to devote about 15% of your time to phase two.
  • Phase 3: Sheeting the building. Plan to devote about 45% of your time to phase three.

Work together: Especially when it comes to phase three (sheeting buildings), it can help cut down construction time to have a large crew working together. We recommend having three-man teams working together on different walls.

Prepare for delays: No building project is totally immune to Mother Nature. Weather is always, always the primary cause of delays when erecting a Worldwide Steel building. Plan for some inclement weather, even if there’s nothing in the forecast when you get started.

Don’t cut corners: Trying to rush a steel building project can be detrimental to your safety and the quality of your finished project. To stay safe, be sure to always be aware of your surroundings and go slowly when roofing the building. To ensure quality, just don’t rush – especially when putting screws into the sheetmetal (you might miss the secondary).

Looking for more specific specific timeline advice on your particular steel building project? We’re happy to help. Just give our team a call at (800) 825-0316.