The benefits of turnkey construction for metal buildings

If you’re looking for a no-frills steel building, turnkey construction may be your best bet. In turnkey construction, a metal building will be delivered as-is, or in a completed state. Instead of custom designing a steel structure and building it on-site, a metal building will be delivered fully constructed and ready to use to cut down on building time and cost.

What are the benefits of a turnkey building?

Businesses looking for a straightforward metal building may prefer a turnkey package, where the cost of a pre-engineered steel structure includes building design, development, construction, and delivery to a building site. Turnkey buildings are one-stop shops for building projects like rec centers, churches, barns, storage facilities, garages, and agricultural plants.

The greatest advantage of a turnkey operation is its cost incentive; since a manufacturer doesn’t have to worry about specialty design or elaborate construction, turnkey metal buildings may cost drastically less than customized steel structures.

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Some top benefits of turnkey metal construction include:

  • Lower material costs compared to traditional structures of a similar size
  • Virtually zero downtime compared to traditional construction
  • Nationwide and even international delivery
  • Turnkey designs for a number of building applications
  • Standard building features in each turnkey package
  • Specialty building specifications for each location site, i.e. weather resistance

Even though a design may be advertised as turnkey, it must still meet local weather and building specifications. A pre-engineered metal building manufacturer should willingly provide engineered drawings upon order. Most industrial development projects require sealed engineered blueprints that reflect design load specifications for a local area; if a turnkey building doesn’t meet local requirements, design upgrades can be costly.

What comes in a turnkey building package?

Prefabricated, or prefab, steel building manufacturers claim to “handle it all” when it comes to turnkey construction. A turnkey package may include:

  • Foundation preparation
  • Erection of steel structure
  • Window, door, gutter, downs, and insulation installation
  • Mechanical system installation, i.e. heating, air conditioning, ventilation, electrical, and plumbing
  • Finishing for interior, flooring, fixtures, and drywall
  • Optional landscaping

Turnkey building costs will depend on size, material, and features. For example, a mid-size pre-engineered building at 25′ x 40′ x 12′ with gutters and 3″ roof and wall insulation is estimated at $10,058. A larger pre-engineered steel building at 50′ x 100′ x 16′ without gutters and with 6″ wall and roof insulation is estimated at $33,268.

In comparison, even a basic steel structure with minimal customizations can cost significantly more than a turnkey building. A 60′ x 100′ x 16′ metal pole barn without windows and with two sliding doors may start at $60,000. Other vendors quote as little as $9000 for a 30′ x 30′ metal structure, although this only covers the cost of base materials; accessory add-ons may start at $1800. Additional costs can run 10%-30% of the purchase price on average.