How Much Does It Cost to Erect a Steel Building?

When you purchase a prefabricated steel building, you must consider not just the cost of the building, but also the costs associated with erecting it. While, generally, larger structures are more expensive to raise than smaller ones, there are many variables that factor in when determining the final cost of constructing your steel building.

In most cases, you can plan on paying somewhere between about $4 and $8 per square foot to erect your metal building. So, if your steel building is 40’x60’, which is a pretty common and popular size for a shop, garage or storage building, among other types, expect to pay between $9,600 and $19,200 to raise it.

Metal Building Erection

Factors Determining Costs of Erection 

While the $4 – $8 per square-foot range should give you a ballpark idea of what it will cost to put up your steel building, other factors also help determine final expenses. Your building’s height is one such factor, and its intended application and industry is another.

A complex office building with mezzanines, for example, may cost you more to erect than a standard, single-story warehouse. Site conditions at your property address also help determine costs of erection. If your build site requires leveling in order to pour foundation, for example, expect this to raise your building installation expenses.

Additional Considerations

Where your build site is, and how accessible it is to erecters, also helps determine final costs. If you plan to have your steel building raised in an open area where you do not need to worry about noise or disrupting occupants of nearby buildings, you may find the costs of erection lower than they would be if you raise it in a high-traffic area.

While factors including building type, design complexity, intended use, site conditions and accessibility all factor in when determining the cost of erecting your steel building, remember that the lifetime costs of ownership associated with steel structures are quite low in comparison with other construction options.