Construction is one of the biggest drivers of job creation and an enduring part of the growth of cities and economies. More and more of the commercial structures we’re seeing get built all around the world use steel in some kind of capacity. There are a whole lot of advantages that steel offers that other materials don’t, and this not only benefits the construction process, it also improves public safety and even the environment.
Steel has also advanced greatly in the last few decades, and fabrication has grown right next to it. There’s now a greater use of technology and cutting edge innovation, that includes 3D printing, which in turn has led to more efficiency and cost reduction. There are plenty of reasons why fabricated steel has become one of the most in-demand building materials across the world.
The Use of Fabricated Steel in Construction
- High rise buildings
- Steel Frames for buildings
- Residential complexes
It Doesn’t Destroy Forests
In an age where sustainability matters so much, one of the greatest things steel has working in its favour is that unlike wood, it doesn’t deplete precious forests in the process of building and construction.
It is Safer
Steel is a lot more resistant to disasters like fires, earthquakes, floods, mould, and termite damage, which can happen with materials like wood. This disaster-resistance means structures built with steel are a lot safer for the public, and the buildings can last a lot longer, making buildings more cost-effective in the long-run.
Fabricated Steel Offers Versatility
One of our recent projects and collaborations, the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve showcases how steel can be used for different types of buildings. It’s not just used for skyscrapers, but can also be used in a nature reserve. This beautiful display of fauna and flora is structurally supported by BridgeFab steelwork which helped make every part of the structure a prominent place for citizens to learn about, view and enjoy nature.
This is a project we’re incredibly proud of because it showcases just how great building with steel can be, and how these structures can benefit the public. Steel can be just as great in different locations and settings.
Steel has a strong tensile strength so making it highly malleable and mouldable, so that it can be used for a multitude of projects and structures. Through steel, an architects’ creativity is given a lot more room for possibility. Steel is one of the reasons why architecture has flourished because it has allowed us to become more innovative and try new ways of building structures and new looks.
Digital Modelling Friendly
It’s no secret that technology has made so many large-scale operations more efficient, and steel is one material which in building can be paired with technology to eliminate wasted time, wastage of material and other issues that arise with other materials. Steel and digital integration shrinks the margin of error, which in turn reduces costs and removes any unnecessary construction time.
The growth of steel as a building material is due to all the advancements that it offers, not just in the building process but in public health and safety, and the economy in general. As cities continue to grow and expand, steel will be at the core of the spaces we live, work, and live life in.
If you’d like more information about the structural steel fabrication services we offer at BridgeFab, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.