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The planning of industrial facilities and buildings belongs to one of the most challenging categories of structural engineering. Complex requirements and demanding standards of functionality, as well as a need for flexibility, make for a construction sector where experience and expertise go hand in hand with innovative thinking. As a client on a commercial or industrial construction project, we will be the ideal partner to you throughout. As a specialised and long-established company in North Rhine Westphalia, we will gladly add your building to the list of projects we have successfully accompanied from the earliest planning through to operationalisation.
Hall building for the industrial sector - steel
Industrial buildings are generally implemented as hall structures. Steel or ferroconcrete buildings are both possible, and popular, choices. Steel, one of the most preferred materials for wide-span buildings where the load-bearing structure may undergo higher levels of stress, is a popular choice in industrial construction and viewed as one of the standard construction methods. Thanks to its special technical characteristics, the versatile material has many advantages when used in warehouses, production halls or high-rack storage units:
- Shorter building times enable cost-effective planning and construction.
- Wide-span roof structures, including roof-supporting substructures, are well suited to the modern requirements of hall building.
- The versatility of steel when used in combination with narrow cross-sections enables the construction of highly aesthetically-pleasing structures. This means that your industrial structure can act as a standard-bearer for your organisation.
Depending on the requirements of the finished building, we will ensure a bespoke implementation of your building ideas using the right steel-construction method. In general, every steel-structured building consists of a load-bearing structure and braces. By implementing a specific adaptable design you can ensure that you will be able to extend the industrial building as required, both vertically and horizontally. We would be glad to provide you with further information about hall construction using the ferroconcrete or lightweight construction method, or to develop bespoke designs for your project.
Industrial construction and structural physics
Even in the planning stage, and all the more so during implementation, industrial construction demands that relevant guidelines be met. Germany’s ‘Model Guidelines for Structural Fire Protection in Industrial Construction’, often shortened to the ‘Industrial Construction Guidelines’, specify the minimum requirements for fire protection. The set of guidelines simplifies both building design and the planning permission process with building regulators and other authorities. The following are examples of the areas covered by the rules:
- Fire-resistance capacity of the building materials used
- Flammability of the building materials
- Size of fire protection cells
- Arrangement and positioning of escape routes
Industrial buildings - a special kind of structure
As a rule, an industrial building is considered to belong to the category of ‘specialist buildings’ and therefore a given project must fulfil additional regulatory requirements. Thanks to our extensive expertise and many years’ experience, we can take account of this fact from the project planning phase onward and so ensure a smooth planning permission process for our projects.
Noise protection and thermal insulation
Alongside fire protection, noise protection and thermal insulation take on special significance in commercial construction. In particular, standards for thermal insulation are becoming ever stricter and must adhere to the current state of energy conservation regulations. This does result, in part, in increased construction costs, yet on the other hand also leads to an environmentally-friendly use of available resources and reduced demand for heating. If noise protection is a consideration, then Germany’s industry standard DIN 4109 ‘Noise Protection for Above-Ground Construction’, with its special provisions for industrial construction, will also factor into the planning equation. In this regard, the Industrial Construction Guidelines also play an important role.
A building’s shell - façades for industrial construction
Building shells take on various tasks in industrial construction. Firstly, the façade and roof seal the building from external air. Secondly, they serve to brace the load-bearing structure and to dissipate structural load. Last, but not least, the façade also determines the character of a hall building and contributes significantly to an organisation’s public image. In our projects, we always take account of the requirements of a building shell and will choose the right façade material to meet your ideas and needs. In industrial construction, as in hall building more generally, the following façade types come into use, amongst others:
- Lightweight outer wall cladding in metal and/or glass
- Sandwich panels made from prefabricated components
- Multi-layered, read-ventilated façades
- Component façades assembled on-site from pre-manufactured individual components
Halls in the industrial construction sector - a variety of options
Stable structures with generous internal surface space is what industrial buildings require. The construction options offered by hall style buildings enable generous spans between supporting structures inside the building, and the grid-based construction method enables a mix of various building uses within a single unit — without impacting efficiency. The following are examples of the types of hall building found in the industrial sector:
Functionality is of primary concern in a warehouse. Effective use of the building depends on a stable foundation and an interior space as free of supporting structure as possible.
A logistics facility requires sufficient storage space, yet also needs space for offices and socialising. A grid-based layout means that these requirements can be met without hassle.
Storage space has a lesser significance in logistics centres, since goods tend to be just handled and processed for dispatch in such buildings. Here too, a grid layout to the hall contributes to the construction of efficient and good-value buildings.
Production halls can be implemented as both steel and ferroconcrete halls. These halls often fulfil multiple requirements simultaneously: as warehousing, administration, or social space.
A warehouse can be considered a high-rack facility when shelving units of at least 12m in height are to be built in. Steel skeleton construction is particularly well suited to this highly efficient storage method.et.
With Althoff as your partner, you will be able to construct your industrial building cost-effectively, flawlessly, and in a short building time. We can plan all types of industrial building, from office space through to a full logistics centre, and match everything to the usage requirements. Simply get in touch for a no-obligation first discussion, so we can plan your future together!
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