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Design It Online

Our online system combines advanced technology with user-friendly functionality so you can easily design your building to your exact specifications, including options – right down to the inch. Our smart system ensures that the specs and features you select are compatible with each other.

You can view design loads at Step One of the building entry and change them for variables such as wind, snow and seismic loads. You can change specifications and options at any time and price unlimited designs and save the quotes in your online account for up to two weeks.

Our robust system incorporates the best practices in steel building design and engineering based on our years of experience in this field, so you can be confident in its results. If you have questions, our staff is available to assist you in any aspect of designing, buying, shipping and erecting your steel building. Contact us via live chat or telephone.

Before You Get Started

Please take the time to obtain applicable building code information and confirm with your building inspector that your proposed design meets all building codes before you make your final selections and place your order. Once your order is in process, making changes becomes progressively more difficult and costly and, in late stages, unfeasible.

1. Enter your zip code

Please enter the zip code of your jobsite location so we can give you a delivered price for your building. You pay only the actual cost of shipping; we do not mark up shipping.

2. Choose building code and design loads

With your zip code we can post the local building code. Some zip codes may have multiple loads, so be sure to confirm your building code requirements. If you know your code requirements or want a stronger building, you can adjust the loads accordingly. Buyers are responsible for specifying the building code and loads.

3. Choose engineering requirements

You can select "NO Engineering required" if your building code does not require permits or specific engineering requirements. For an additional charge, we can provide drawings stamped by an engineer licensed in the state where the building will be located. Or, you can choose stamped drawings with design calculations. Your permit office may require certified drawings. If you have additional requirements such as foundation engineering or large-format drawings, please contact us to discuss your options. Click here to see sample drawings.

4. Building entry

Select the Building Type: Fully Sheeted or Roof Only
Select the Frame Type: Clear Span or Modular
Select the Building Profile: Gable, Offset Peak (unsymmetrical) or Single Slope
Enter the Building Width
Enter the Building Length
Enter the Building Height
Select the Roof Pitch
Select the Base Condition

5. Building configuration

Once you have entered all required information, our system configures a building based on your specifications. This screen reports the sidewall and endwall bay spacing, length, width and height.

6. Select endwall options

Select standard, inset or open endwall condition.

7. Framed openings

Select framed opening option.
If selected, choose framed opening locations by following the screen prompts.

Selecting framed openings
We factory-locate all framed openings for an easy bolt-up assembly so no field alterations are required. To specify an opening, select the position of the wall and bay and enter its size. (Click on "Remove Door" to remove an opening.) You can locate the opening between the columns in that bay. Our system configures most designs, including two doors in one bay. If you are unable to specify a particular size or location, please request a special quote.

Options: Choose door models
Once you have added a framed opening, you will be prompted to enter "No Door" or select from our inventory of doors. (Our system will not allow you to order the wrong size door for a framed opening.) We offer a wide selection of top name-brand commercial and industrial doors. Please note: We cannot guarantee that a given opening will have sufficient clearance to install a door we do not supply. If you are buying doors from another vendor, please check with us first for accurate clearances.

8. Building enhancements

Once you have entered the required building entry screens, you are ready to add features and accessories from a wide range of options. After the framed opening screen, you will see a screen with links to different sets of design options.

Optional: Building accessories
In this section you can select add-ons to enhance to your steel building.

Gable and Eave Roof Extensions
Gutters and Downspouts
Jamb Cover Trim
Interior Liner Panels
Walk Doors



Light Transmitting Panels (skylights)
Roof Jacks

Optional: Insulation
You can select fiberglass or reflective foil insulation. Choose from a variety of grades, amounts and options; our system calculates the amount required for your design.

9. Color selection

The next step is selecting your building colors. When you are finished, click on "Next Step" to get the final price. You can save the quote sheet in your online account by clicking "Save."

Optional: Pick colors
Your base building price includes PBR roof panels and a sculptured trim package in your choice of colors. In the "Choose Color" section, select your wall and trim colors or substitute an architectural standing seam profile for your roof panels. Click here to see building color changes for easier color selection.