There are all kinds of common objects that are used for a lot of different things, but they go unnoticed and are under-appreciated. Imagine what would happen if we never discovered iron to make steel with. There would be no structural steel construction of any kind and using anything else would be too heavy. \Wooden construction and a lot of columns would have to be used all the time. There are large, arched wooden beams that you can have made that are structurally sound up to maybe 50 or 60 feet, but anything wider than that exists only because of steel. Metal buildings are used for all kinds of things, more than you know. We’ve all been inside metal buildings many times in our lives, but it was most likely not a very memorable experience. It’s not memorable because there’s nothing really special about it, a lot of strip malls and offices you’ve been in are located inside metal building structures and they have exteriors made using different materials. A lot of the buildings that you frequent are inside a metal building and you just don’t know it because the outside is brick and there are windows that wrap around the entire thing. These kinds of buildings can be built to whatever specifications that you require, and they can be used for virtually anything. Pretty much every airplane hangar you’ve ever seen is a prefabricated metal building, they just have huge sliding doors to get them in and out. Think about how big some of these aircraft are and how big the buildings must be that house and repair them. What do you think those buildings are made out of? It isn’t wood I can tell you that much.
Many restaurants, medical and dental offices, recreational centers, schools, gymnasiums, pools, indoor riding arenas and skate parks are under the roof of a metal building. The interior space can be designed in whatever way you see fit, you can utilize the space for product and stack it from the floor to the ceiling or you can use it for some creative decorations in a restaurant. I’ve been to a St. Louis style rib joint that was inside of a steel building, it was the kind of place with buckets of peanuts everywhere and you were expected to discard the shells on the floor. Anyway, in the space right above the main dining area they suspended a full-size replica of the Spirit of St. Louis airplane, it was absolutely awesome. A lot of call centers and office spaces are inside big steel buildings whether you know it or not. The high ceilings in a lot of these buildings aren’t usually a big problem when you want an open floor space design, but for closer quarters, you can always install a ceiling grid. The heating and cooling costs aren’t bad either, because steel reflects heat from the sun and it’s good at retaining heat during the winter, regardless of whether you install a ceiling grid or not.