Taking note of the cost to be used for building a structure is one of the fundamental considerations that you have to know when selecting structural frame materials. This is the key early decisions that you have to make in the design process. It is like when you are choosing the frame material and form of your building. Once selected, the material of the frame to be used will not likely to change.
The selection should also be based on the specific project costing. Now, the challenge lies on the cost consultant. He must be able to recognize and be able to reconcile the fluctuations of the material prices in relation to the price data. This should be based in all the context of limited available design information during the early stages of planning and estimates.
While the decision for the frame type will not solely be based on the cost of the material, realistic cost information is also more valuable at this early stage. This should be done before refining it further during the detailed building design stages.
Importance of Realistic Steel Pricing
The selection of frame material is important for your construction decisions because it have a huge impact on so many related building elements, which includes foundations, cladding, and finishes to name a few. Once you have decided on the kind of material that you are going to use, it is not a good idea to make other major and fundamental changes to your frame or type. Just to be able to do so, you will have to deal with a tremendous amount of work—going back over to the designs that you have made and are completed. It is almost impossible for you to achieve a good design without having to disrupt the form of your building. Therefore, it is best to select the best value of frame as long as you could to identify which is the best suit for your preference. You should rush everything.
The initial budget would also lie upon the estimates of the steel frames that you are going to use.
The wrong frame solution would cost you a higher price, not only of the frame but also other related building materials. It can also have an impact on the buildability and construction program of your building because the frame construction is one of the critical path activity that you have to deal with.
Key Cost Drivers
There are a number of key factors that you have to consider when dealing with the price of structural steel frames. These key factors are as follows:
• Form, site conditions, and flexibility of the material
• Function, sector, and the height of the building to be built
• Program, risk, and the procurement route of the structure
• Location, logistics, and access to the material sources
These factors will have an impact on how each material are to be priced. You must be able to determine each of the said factors to be able to have an estimated cost for the steel frames that you are going to use. This way, you won’t be shocked at how much money you would need for constructing your building.