Prefabricated Cold Formed Steel can Support Projects in Non-Bearing Roles

Cold formed steel (cold formed steel) is a lightweight, resilient material ideal for load-bearing structures in your next building. But at its full potential, cold formed steel is much more versatile. You can utilize prefabricated cold formed steel elements for non-bearing structures like wall cladding and similar systems.

McClure Engineering Company can help you design and implement beautiful cold formed steel structures for non-bearing elements like wall cladding and more. With expert engineers and a diverse project portfolio, we can meet custom requirements according to your exact specifications. We’d like to share more information about how you can use cold formed steel for non-bearing architectural elements and details.

Why Use Cold Formed Steel for Wall Cladding?

For many commercial or industrial buildings, the aesthetic value of materials is usually much less of a priority than their inherent strength and durability. While some cladding is primarily for creating a weather-resistant and insulating layer over exterior walls, that’s not its only use.

Inventive developers and contractors will also use cladding as a decorative layer on both interior and exterior walls. Because cold formed steel can be shaped into countless attractive shapes, it can be a striking alternative to natural materials like brick, stone and wood.

But the internal strength of cold formed steel isn’t lost when used for non-bearing and decorative elements. Cold formed steel is just as strong and lightweight as when it’s used for load-bearing structures. And since even decorative wall cladding can be designed as a permanent fixture, high durability is always beneficial.

McClure’s expert engineers can help you design custom cold formed steel wall cladding that blends fashion with function in whatever combination your next project requires.

Cold Formed Steel can Support Other Wall Systems

Panelized walls: prefabricated wall panels can streamline installation, especially for multi-story construction projects. We can design CFS wall panels and bring them right to your site for installation via crane. Even when used for long spans and heavy loads, CFS walls offer both structural and aesthetic support.

Structural wall systems: Cold formed steel is lightweight yet remarkably strong. This makes it a particularly useful material for structural walls that must stand up to natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes. In fact, McClure partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help design tests for hurricane-resistant structures.

Benefits of Using Cold Formed Steel for Non-Bearing Structures

When a structure is non-bearing, it refers to parts of a building that aren’t expected to hold up weight. This includes both dynamic live loads as well as permanent dead loads. Choosing McClure for the design of your cold formed steel wall systems can offer lots of benefits, including:

  • Custom designs: Unique architecture invites interest and can turn a plain building into a statement of its own. Our engineers can help you craft the perfect custom designs that highlight your sense of style or key aspects of the building itself.
  • Durable, long-lasting beauty: metal is one of the most durable materials available, but it can also create attractive architecture. Texturing or polishing the steel can further influence its final look.

Revitalize Historic Structures with Cold Formed Steel Cladding

As historic buildings are repurposed, they must meet modern standards for safety, energy efficiency and more. Keeping these complex projects on schedule and in scope takes experienced engineers. Engineering companies use CFS wall cladding for historic rehab and repurposing projects, letting original details shine while bolstering structural integrity.

Prefabricated Cold Formed Steel can Support Projects in Non-Bearing Roles

Cold formed steel (cold formed steel) is a lightweight, resilient material ideal for load-bearing structures in your next building. But at its full potential, cold formed steel is much more versatile. You can utilize prefabricated cold formed steel elements for non-bearing structures like wall cladding and similar systems.

McClure Engineering Company can help you design and implement beautiful cold formed steel structures for non-bearing elements like wall cladding and more. With expert engineers and a diverse project portfolio, we can meet custom requirements according to your exact specifications. We’d like to share more information about how you can use cold formed steel for non-bearing architectural elements and details.

Why Use Cold Formed Steel for Wall Cladding?

For many commercial or industrial buildings, the aesthetic value of materials is usually much less of a priority than their inherent strength and durability. While some cladding is primarily for creating a weather-resistant and insulating layer over exterior walls, that’s not its only use.

Inventive developers and contractors will also use cladding as a decorative layer on both interior and exterior walls. Because cold formed steel can be shaped into countless attractive shapes, it can be a striking alternative to natural materials like brick, stone and wood.

But the internal strength of cold formed steel isn’t lost when used for non-bearing and decorative elements. Cold formed steel is just as strong and lightweight as when it’s used for load-bearing structures. And since even decorative wall cladding can be designed as a permanent fixture, high durability is always beneficial.

McClure’s expert engineers can help you design custom cold formed steel wall cladding that blends fashion with function in whatever combination your next project requires.

Cold Formed Steel can Support Other Wall Systems

Panelized walls: prefabricated wall panels can streamline installation, especially for multi-story construction projects. We can design CFS wall panels and bring them right to your site for installation via crane. Even when used for long spans and heavy loads, CFS walls offer both structural and aesthetic support.

Structural wall systems: Cold formed steel is lightweight yet remarkably strong. This makes it a particularly useful material for structural walls that must stand up to natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes. In fact, McClure partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help design tests for hurricane-resistant structures.

Benefits of Using Cold Formed Steel for Non-Bearing Structures

When a structure is non-bearing, it refers to parts of a building that aren’t expected to hold up weight. This includes both dynamic live loads as well as permanent dead loads. Choosing McClure for the design of your cold formed steel wall systems can offer lots of benefits, including:

  • Custom designs: Unique architecture invites interest and can turn a plain building into a statement of its own. Our engineers can help you craft the perfect custom designs that highlight your sense of style or key aspects of the building itself.
  • Durable, long-lasting beauty: metal is one of the most durable materials available, but it can also create attractive architecture. Texturing or polishing the steel can further influence its final look.

Revitalize Historic Structures with Cold Formed Steel Cladding

As historic buildings are repurposed, they must meet modern standards for safety, energy efficiency and more. Keeping these complex projects on schedule and in scope takes experienced engineers. Engineering companies use CFS wall cladding for historic rehab and repurposing projects, letting original details shine while bolstering structural integrity.

WHERE WE MAKE AN IMPACT

 

McClure can help you make the most of CFS and other efficient materials.

WHERE WE MAKE AN IMPACT

 

  • Licensed in 48 States plus D.C.
  • Engineer of Record Architectural Services
  • Full Building Systems Designed with Cold-Formed Steel (CFS)
  • Complex CFS Framing with Radiused Surfaces
  • Reinforced Concrete including Precast and Prestressed
  • Storm Shelters and Hardened Structures
  • Specially Designed CFS Roof and Floor Open Web Trusses
  • Non-Bearing CFS Cladding and Wall Systems
  • Historic Rehab and Repurposing
  • Blast and Progressive Collapse Resistant Structures (D.O.D.)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Structural Services
  • Value Engineering Solutions including Design Build Experience
  • Special Analysis – Vibration, Instrumentation, Testing, High Seismic, etc.
  • Structural Evaluations, Insurance and Property Assessments
  • Peer Reviews and Expert Witness
  • Modular and Prefabrication Design