Designing an industrial structure might seem like a simple process because the primary focus is expediency and not appeal. Often, a lot of thought is not put into the design. Instead, it is common for people to only think about the size of the building. This lack of proper planning usually leads to the creation of a functional but inefficient structure. However, if you would like to get the best results from your constructed building, you should design a structure that matches your unique needs, the lot on which it is built and your business image. Here are simple design considerations to keep in mind to get the best result in your industrial construction project.
Think About Growth
When designing your industrial structure, you should make sure that the building will be future-proof. In simple terms, it is important to think about the changing needs of your operations. If you do not consider this aspect during the design stage, you will probably need to rebuild or conduct extensive remodelling in the future. Naturally, you should consider the space requirements in your business and the growth potential. However, you should not forget about the purpose of the building. For instance, if you are planning on building a storage space and then changing it into a factory in the future, you should ensure that the structure is suited for both applications for a smooth transition.
Consider Your Equipment
Most industrial operations depend on a range of equipment. These machines are often large and heavy, and these characteristics can be limiting in relation to access. Therefore, when designing your building, you should think about the movement of the equipment. If you are planning on installing or using large pieces of equipment in the building, you must ensure that there is sufficient space in the structure. Moreover, you should make sure that navigation will not be a problem. For instance, if you are constructing a warehouse, you should plan for the flow of forklift traffic when designing the building. Ensure that the movement of the machines will not interfere with other operations.
Plan for Drainage
Finally, you should plan for water drainage in and around your industrial building. Proper indoor drainage is crucial if there will be wet operations in the interior space, such as extensive and regular cleaning. Poor drainage can promote structural damage and interfere with operations by increasing accidents, equipment damage and sanitation issues. It is also important to ensure that there are drain channels in the outdoor space to prevent foundation damage.
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If you are planning to start a new construction project, you may be wondering about the best type of materials to use. About 6 months ago, I decided to carry out an extensive renovation of my home. This would involve demolishing one wall, extending the kitchen and the construction of a new patio area. I really wasn't sure which materials would be best. I consulted with a contractor and he explained the pros and cons of each material. In the end, I opted for wood and steel. I am really pleased with the end results. I hope this blog helps you to plan your construction project.