Panelization is a building method in which building elements are pre-manufactured in a factory environment then delivered to the site for efficient, accurate, streamlined assembly. ZFA’s engineers are experts in designing structures using this increasingly popular methodology of cold-formed steel shapes, having done so for numerous projects over the last few years.
Our hands-on knowledge and experience give us an advantage, allowing us to readily recognize the best design for constructability of any project. In addition, REVIT, a modeling program that ZFA is highly proficient in, can play a crucial role in the accurate fabrication of the panels. Since precision is at the very core of this building process, the ability to conjoin the design models from all disciplines into REVIT allows the use of “clash programs” to resolve potential conflicts.
In panelization, specific walls in a structure are selected to be pre-manufactured. Material sizes and details are provided to the fabricator, who then builds the panels precisely to specifications within a quality-controlled factory environment. Costly waste of materials can be eliminated using cold-form rolling machines which fabricate each element to the exact length. The coils used to create the shapes have a high content of recycled metal. Once completed, the walls are delivered to the job site, where they can be quickly and efficiently installed, saving a tremendous amount of time in the construction phase of the project. The metal stud walls can also be sheathed in advance, saving even more time. There are other notable benefits realized in the use of this construction method.
Decreased Construction Time
- Weather delays are cut to a minimum since the panels are constructed in a factory.
- The process is up to 50% faster than stick-frame construction.
- Efficiency is a natural by-product of the repetition of standardized manufacturing.
Significant Cost Savings
- Smaller crews are required so there is less on-site labor cost.
- Insurance costs are lower for structures using non-combustible material.
- There is minimal waste.
- The need for site storage space for materials is drastically reduced.
- Steel framing is dimensionally stable, unlike wood, which shrinks and warps.
- Also unlike wood, steel is highly resistant to mold growth.
- Steel is stronger and lighter than wood.
- Steel is non-combustible.
- Unlike wood, steel is termite resistant.
- Anywhere from 30% to 100% recycled materials are used to manufacture cold-formed steel shapes.
- Waste is very minimal.
- The steel itself is recyclable in the future for numerous and varied uses.
- The recycled content of this material contributes to LEED points in the category of Construction Waste Management and Recycled Content.
Panelization can be used on any type of project, including low-rise apartments and condos, senior care facilities, commercial buildings, hotels, schools, and more. It is especially suited for non-combustible exterior curtain walls of multi-story structures.