There are three commonly recognized sectors of the construction industry: residential, commercial, and infrastructure. While that may seem relatively simple on the surface, the reality is that each includes an intricate subset of categories that require different rules, regulations, and planning needs.
The majority of industrial building superstructures are framed in structural steel, although a small percentage are in precast concrete. Steel is used primarily for its large strength-to-weight ratio, enabling it to span large distances economically. Steelwork is easily modified, which provides for a degree of adaptability not always available from concrete structures.
Ground slab and foundations are invariably reinforced concrete, though some ground bearing slabs are constructed with no reinforcement. Industrial buildings for containment of toxic of other processes may require construction primarily from reinforced concrete.
A dwarf wall of concrete, blockwork or brickwork is often constructed around the building perimeter to minimize cladding damage from forklift trucks, etc.
For example, within the commercial sector alone, there are four main subcategories: industrial, retail, office, and multifamily. Today, we take a deep dive into the complex and ever-growing world of industrial building to ensure you are equipped with the information needed for a successful project.
First things first, what exactly is an industrial building? Like we mentioned, an industrial building is one of the four main types of commercial properties used for business purposes. Simply put, industrial buildings are factories or other large premises primarily used for manufacturing or storing raw materials, goods, or services for economic purposes.
The origins of industrial buildings in the United States dates back to 1790 when Samuel Slater opened the first American textile mill, which is often considered the start of the American Industrial Revolution. Ultimately, Slater demonstrated the financial benefits of using these structures to dramatically increase the production of goods. Fast forward to today, industrial buildings have completely transformed the American way of life—with a market size of approximately $32 billion.