FAQs MSC is renowned for value-added service in the pre-engineered steel building industry across Western Canada and beyond

Frequently Asked Questions


Structural steel buildings, also known as conventional steel, are constructed onsite using a blend of materials (steel, wood, masonry etc). They provide more flexibility in build for complex designs.

Pre-engineered steel buildings are fabricated as a kit off-site and then erected on site. They are more cost-effective, easy to maintain and simpler to build.

The most significant advantage is simplicity. MSC is a one-stop-shop for planning, design, supply and install. The only element we don't provide is the building foundation. Often, pre-engineered steel is the most cost-effective option compared to other buildings types (typically 20% less), but that depends on the building's needs.

With pre-engineered steel builds, we are qualified to offer a complete building service. It starts with planning for your building, then we design to meet your building needs and external factors (terrain, temperatures, etc), and then build it - walls, roof, and insulation, including window and door install!

Quotes for pre-engineered steel building include all of the necessary materials and pieces to erect them: framing, sheeting, bolts, screws, man doors, windows and insulation. Overhead doors are typically bought locally.

Typically, your building package will be delivered to the site within 8-12 weeks of the order date. In general, the less complex the building design is, the faster you will receive the package.

This depends on the complexity of the design, but pre-engineered steel is the fastest in construction. To give you an example, a 10,000 square feet building, which typically takes 5 months, is a month quicker with pre-engineered steel than other construction types - we usually get the job done in 4 months.

Yes, you can. There are no additional charges for minor updates, for example, adding a window or moving a door. For more significant changes, like adding extensive square footage, then re-engineering and re-design fees may apply.

Pre-engineered buildings are designed to go up quite fast, and our preferred crews are some of the most efficient in the industry. The average building size is about 6,000 to 10,000 square feet, which would take roughly three weeks to erect, depending on complexity, work conditions and other factors.

A typical building comes with 9-inch insulation in the roof (R30 value) and 6 inches in walls (R20), however, we can customize a design to suit your specific needs. We also specialize in insulated metal panels (aka sandwich panels) to meet today’s stringent energy codes.

Yes, a pre-engineered steel building is the most cost-effective building type to support the weight of a crane indoors. In more complex builds, structural steel may be the better option. The third option is a precast building. The likes of wood and block buildings are expensive in design for the support needed.

MSC’s buildings come with an engineered stamped set of drawings, including all schedules and certifications. Please note that you will need an engineer to design your foundation.

Your pre-engineered steel building must be designed to meet the environmental factors of the geographical area you live in. This is based on the 2010 National Building Code of Canada, as well as your local provincial building code. The snow load, rain load, wind load and seismic data are different for each city in Canada.

MSC operates all over Western Canada (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba), as well as in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. We also work in remote locations.

Yes. While most outfits offer a one-year warranty, we offer an industry-leading three-year in-house guarantee on all the work we do.

Yes, we’re happy to design and deliver building packages that’ll meet your local building codes and regulations.