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An Overview of Multiple Span buildings

multi span warehouse

There is a common misconception that columns in the middle of a building are a disadvantage, That is not necessarily the case. Many businesses actually find columns useful as a place to lean things against  and/or attach things to. They also generally allow for a much larger building.

The following is an overview of the three different types of multiple span buildings to consider for your building project.

Single Slope

Multiple span single slope buildings have posts to hold the roof up. Because side wall capacity is less dramatic than that of clear span buildings, steel does not have to be as thick. This translates to cost savings.

Many companies use these layouts for warehousing. Integrating shelving is possible, taking advantage of the posts to keep shelving stable.

Ideal structure type for:

  • Distribution centers
  • Manufacturing facilities

Tapered Column

The multiple span tapered column can also be cost effective because it has a post in the center which cuts down on steel in the roof line. Many companies like having a post in the center of their workshop as it is a great place to put air lines or trouble lights. Posts also allow you to have a much wider building. For those who don’t want columns in the middle of the interior, a clear span building is a better option.

Ideal structure type for:

  • Warehouses
  • Truck shops

Straight Column

Multiple span straight columns generally have a lot of posts. The side walls you find in these work well for shelving because the tapered column gets thicker at the top and smaller at the bottom. So in a warehouse with straight columns, for example, where there are racks or storage units, it can be easier to work with a straight column structure. Heavier cranes. supported by the building rather than by columns are also sometimes easier to install.

Thanks to the large number of columns, you can also double the width you would normally get with clear span buildings—up to 600 feet. Another determining factor as to whether or not you can actually go this wide depends on location. Wide structures are more feasible in places without a lot of snow.

Ideal structure type for:

  • Warehouses
  • Distribution centers
  • Manufacturing facilities

While some companies opt for clear span buildings which allow for drive through bays and easy movement of tools, others prefer having  columns in multiple span buildings as they allow for a place to put power outlets, automatic grease guns, trouble lights, and air lifts.

In a clear span,  a post can be added to accommodate some of these items, therefore your decision is not etched in stone. That post can always be removed should the application of the building change, allowing for flexibility.

The Reinhart Group Clay Preparation Process


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We often have clients ask about the clay preparation process. As one of the first phases of building a steel structure, it is crucial site prep be done right to ensure the building does not sink. If a building sinks too low, it will remain too low for life.

So what is The Reinhart Group’s secret ingredient to clay preparation? Very thin layers. That is the key, however it is similar to making bread. The right ingredients and precise moisture content must be present to make dough that sticks and successfully produces a loaf of bread.

Here’s how we make it happen:

  • Soil clean-up. Most development sites have covering soils, anything from black dirt to sediment left over from rain. These materials must be removed, because they do not create a stable base to accommodate a building. Step one.
  • Moisture check.  Step two, check moisture content of the clay. If moisture is high,  you can grade it so all of the water runs off the sides toward the ditches. The key is to make sure it doesn’t run too fast as erosion can result. Running off too slow can result in water puddles which will work an excess of moisture into the ground.
  • Treatment. Wet or unstable soil can be bridged with clay and then covered with geogrid or geofabric. This can then be covered in gravel and/or other types of materials.

One of the biggest mistakes builders make is constructing a building on a base that is not high enough. There could be a cost savings by building a foot or two lower than recommended, however this makes it susceptible to water running towards the building and softening its edge or heaving the concrete pads. Drainage away from a building is vital.

Remember, compaction is about moisture. Different moisture levels give clay different compaction. If your clay is too dry, it will turn to powder which won’t stick together. If it is too wet, it will become a mud product. Clay soils must be tested and kept at optimum moisture percentages.

One of the benefits of leasing is elimination of all these worries. Soil clean-ups, treatments, and moisture checks are the property owner’s responsibility leaving the onus on them to deal with any necessary work and the cost of it.

If you don’t plan to lease, be sure not to skimp. You can cut a few corners when dealing with things you can upgrade later, such as lighting, but you can’t put two feet of clay under a finished  building. Add doors and specialty items later if you want to save, but don’t cut corners when it comes to building height and elevation.

Reinhart 4 step building process

The Reinhart Group’s 4 Step Building Process

During construction, one little mistake could halt an entire project. Each and every single step must be thoroughly planned, examined, and executed.

We plan each project using our 4-step method. When a client inquires about leasing a long-term building, we guide them through each step starting with an initial consult.

Step 1: Initial Consult

Planning a large building project is a daunting task but by breaking it down into actionable pieces, we are able to minimize risk and help avoid mistakes in the building process.

This is started with a checklist, covering off details of the build. Many clients discover that undertaking a development project is a complicated process with more options involved than they realized, so we simplify it by breaking it down into categories.

We listen. Each client’s issues, concerns, and needs are different, so we narrow it down to specifics. We also encourage the client to think forward and consider upcoming costs rather than just present needs. We try to be as upfront and realistic as possible to ensure our clients always consider the big picture.

We take industry sector into consideration, figuring out the best building layout for day to day effective operations.The better the building layout, the more efficient the business runs while ensuring employees enjoy their work environment.

Step 2: Inspection

With a clear vision of our client’s needs, we inspect their existing property which can be done physically or remotely. We gather technical details including the weight of materials handled, and type of gravel be used for current and expansion requirements. When expansion happens, we must ensure there is adequate room for this to happen.

Step 3: Compliance

There are a multitude of codes and details to be addressed when planning a build. When we have accurate details about a property and know the purpose of the building, we determine the unique permits, codes, and requirements for each individual project.

It is time to move on to the next step…

Step 4: Design

It has been proven that the interior design of a building has a huge impact on company employees as well as clients.  Thus, we make it mandatory for clients to hire an interior designer, or use one of our recommended designers. An experienced interior designer brings value to the table by taking the same materials you or I might choose and adding in a mix of color to produce the “Wow!” factor.

Attention To Detail

There can never be too many details. The more detail you gather during the planning stages, the fewer mistakes you will make during the actual building process.