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PEMB (Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings)

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings were primarily used just for shops and warehouses, but PEMB’s are now a great option for any building type. When PEMB’s are constructed the manufacturer rarely provides the foundation design, a piece that needs to be completed by a structural engineer. Over the years we have become very proficient at this design and most efficient with construction cost. One benefit of PEMB’s is their efficiency and ability to be designed with just the right amount of steel. Shouldn’t the same kind of efficiencies be utilized in the foundation as they are in the superstructure? Constructing these buildings in high wind areas such as coastal South Carolina and Georgia can create substantial uplift on the foundation, making it critical the engineer understands how to deal with such loads.

Butler Marine Dry Stack

Pre-engineered metal building for boat and trailer storage. The project required...

Butler Marine Dry Stack

Pre-engineered metal building for boat and trailer storage. The project required a heavy-duty slab design to support a boat load of storage!

John Harris Body Shop

Bluffton, SC. Court Atkins Architects. Newly designed PEMB body shop. New pre-en...

John Harris Body Shop

Bluffton, SC.
Court Atkins Architects.

Newly designed PEMB body shop.

New pre-engineered metal building (PEMB) body shop facility. Provided the foundation design for the building, including the pits for the paint booths and the lifts. Also a high-wind region, its critical the foundation design ensures the building is properly anchored to the foundation; anchor bolt and footing design need to account for substantial uplift from the frames bearing on the foundation.

Jeff’s Beverage

Richmond Hill, GA (2017). Ainsworth Designs, Architect. Dewitt Tilton Group, Con...

Jeff’s Beverage

Richmond Hill, GA (2017).
Ainsworth Designs, Architect.
Dewitt Tilton Group, Contractor.

PEMB designed retail store with wood framing.

New retail store facility, designed as a pre-engineered metal building (PEMB), with wood framed exterior walls and second floor. A high-wind region, its critical the foundation design ensures the building is properly anchored to the foundation; anchor bolt and footing design need to account for substantial uplift from the frames bearing on the foundation. Another important aspect ensures the slab is properly designed for the applicable forklift loading.

Preciball

Black Creek, GA (2016). Dewitt Tilton Group, Contractor. New PEMB manufacturing ...

Preciball

Black Creek, GA (2016).
Dewitt Tilton Group, Contractor.

New PEMB manufacturing building.

New facility for the manufacturer of large ball bearings. Provided foundation design for this pre-engineered metal building (PEMB). A high-wind region, its critical the foundation design ensures the building is properly anchored to the foundation; anchor bolt and footing design need to account for substantial uplift from the frames bearing on the foundation. Another important aspect ensures the slab is properly designed for the applicable forklift loading.

Sheldon Fire Station

Sheldon, SC (in progress). John Crouch, Architect. Neal’s Construction, Contra...

Sheldon Fire Station

Sheldon, SC (in progress).
John Crouch, Architect.
Neal’s Construction, Contractor.

Two-phase project and expansion of existing fire station.

Two-phase project and expansion of existing fire station. First phase involved new engine bay expansion, created using pre-engineered metal building components, needed foundation for the building was part of our scope. Phase two provides additional dormitory space constructed with wood trusses and concrete slab on grade. Liquefaction was mitigated structurally in accordance with accepted practices in the NHERP 2015 document. The shear and uplift due to wind and seismic is resisted with wood shearwalls and tiedowns at the ends.