How Much Does It Cost to Put Up a Metal Building?

A pre-engineered steel building is an economical, sustainable and highly customizable alternative to traditional construction. In addition to typically offering lower upfront costs, metal buildings are also much faster and cheaper to raise. They also require far less maintenance over time, meaning they come with lower costs of ownership than traditional buildings crafted from wood or other materials.

Metal Building Frame

When budgeting for your steel building, you must consider the costs of the materials, themselves, but you also need to think about how much it will cost to have your building erected. Final construction costs will depend on several variables, among them:

  • Whether foundation is already in place
  • The function of your building
  • The complexity of your project design
  • Where your build site is
  • Whether you must meet stringent wind or snow load requirements

However, you will likely find that the cost of raising your steel building comes out to somewhere in the ballpark of $4 to $8 per square foot. Let’s say you opt for a 40’x 60’ steel building, which is a highly popular size that gives you 2,400 square feet of usable space.

If your project is relatively traditional in terms of design, you may pay, on the lower end, about $9,600 to erect your 40’x 60’ steel building. On the other hand, if your building is particularly complex, or if it has to comply with strict building code requirements, you may have to pay closer to $19,200 to construct it.