If there’s one thing that I get to talking about and then can’t contain myself, it’s metal and steel buildings. People think I’m weird, especially my kids, but I believe that it’s my god-given right as a parent, to embarrass them them as much as possible and that usually includes doing something weird. My children have been capable of getting embarrassed since an early age and my eldest got an early dose of it during career day in 5th grade. Her teacher contacted me and asked me to to come in and give a presentation to all the kids about the steel building supplier business. I of course jumped at the opportunity and although I’m a naturally enthusiastic guy who likes talking about his work, I knew that I’d be able to get some kicks out of embarrassing my daughter in front of her classmates. I spent several hours in my basement the night before fabricating a faux steel building out of an old, cardboard refrigerator box, so I could wear it into her class the next day. I used spray paint and some other leftover science fair materials to put it together, it didn’t look that great, but I figured that when I walked into the room wearing a cardboard box then Jennifer would be mortified. I went into work the next day to take care of some things before I went back home and grabbed my steel building costume, so I could go to Jen’s school for the presentation.
I knocked a couple quotes out for some metal buildings that some potential customers wanted for their church organizations. That was one of our fastest growing alternative sectors, we were selling and supplying all kinds of buildings all over the country that were designed to hold church services within. I thought that was pretty cool, mainly because not a lot of people used to even consider getting a metal building for anything other than their shop, shipping facility or warehouse. If there was a need, just because there was a limited building budget, it didn’t mean that there wasn’t a way to get it done. I just think that a lot of people in charge of construction budgets for certain projects are starting to widen their lens, so they can see their full spectrum of options.
The fact of the matter is that building a church with a prefabricated steel building makes a lot of sense, and not just from a budgetary perspective. Think about how almost every church you’ve been in that was designed to be exactly that, always has a large, open room with pews in it for the congregation to sit and listen to the sermon or whatever from the priest or bishop standing at the pulpit. There are usually tall ceilings in these rooms and they’re typically very large, which means that a steel building will work great because it doesn’t require a bunch of supporting columns that would be antithetical the the open space feel that they’re going for.