Gulf Islands Cabin by Olson Kundig Provides a Single-Room Retreat in British Columbia

This gorgeous Gulf Islands Cabin by Olson Kundig Architects is the perfect spot for nature lovers to escape for a cozy weekend retreat. Located in British Columbia, the minimalist space consists of one wood-paneled room, with a secure exterior made of corten steel that ensures safety from storms and fires.

The single bedroom is secure on a concrete foundation, and provides just enough room for a bed, chair, toilet, stove, and kitchenette. There is a shower outside on the porch, and the roof overhangs on each side for plenty of shade and protection from natural elements. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide plenty of natural lighting through the front of the cabin, and a movable steel exterior can be closed over it for protection while not in use.

As the steel and exterior begins to weather, it will blend in more with its natural surroundings and begin to emulate a rustic cabin in the woods. There’s even a small section of outdoor wood storage, which enhances the log cabin look and provides plenty of material for campfires all summer long.

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Warburg is Simple, Modern, and Efficient

There’s something about the traditional yet contemporary “house-shaped” form of this design that just resonates with me.  The home was designed by an Alberta-based studio called Bioi pursuant to the owner’s request for something simple, contemporary, and energy efficient with a build cost of less than $100,000.  It turns out, Warburg House received the highest EnerGuide rating available without generating its own energy, according to featured project information at Architizer.

That is to say, when there’s a budget, energy-generating technology (i.e., small wind, solar, geothermal, etc) is secondary to the primary goal of minimizing energy consumption with a thoughtful whole-house design.  In this case, the steel structure wasn’t given an opportunity to break the envelope.

The 750-square-foot modern home, located on a wooded farmstead in Warburg, has a structural steel frame that’s covered in a thick R40 skin with an outer layer of black corrugated steel.  The end walls and deck are finished with cedar, while the interior floor is polished concrete with embedded radiant heat.

Inside, the simple layout fits with an industrial design of the remaining fixtures and furnishings.  An object in the middle, covered in birch, houses the bathroom, kitchen, laundry, mechanical equipment, and storage.  Finally, windows punched into the envelope provide a path for natural light.

[+] More about Warburg House from architects Bioi.

Credits: Alison Andersen; noticed at MoCo Loco.

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Universal Steel Buildings Engaged for Winchester Virginia Church of God Construction

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) October 12, 2011

Universal Steel Buildings has been engaged to supply and construct a new Olympia Steel Buildings pre-engineered steel building for Winchester Virginia Church of God. The multi-use building will serve as a church sanctuary and worship space, meeting hall and recreation center complete with a full-size basketball court. The twenty-seven thousand square foot building is complete with a standing seam metal roof and Structure Roc decorative metal panels that give the sophisticated look of stone while retaining the insulating properties of advanced panel systems. The advanced metal building design, construction and engineering of pre-engineered steel buildings lends itself to the creation of soaring, spiritually uplifting spaces with high ceilings and interiors visually unobstructed by columns or pillars as never before.

?The Winchester church project was undertaken in conjunction with Kohler Homes of Burke, Virginia,? states Darin Skomo, project manager for the construction division of Universal Steel Buildings. ?We met with management at Kohler and they came and toured the metal building factory where Olympia Steel Buildings are manufactured. They were very impressed by what they saw there, with the quality control and professional engineering and design, and decided they wanted to develop a working relationship with Olympia on future building projects. We?re very excited to be working with a company like Kohler,? concludes Skomo.

Founded in 1963, the Kohler architecture / builder firm makes it a top priority to actively promote sustainable building methods and architectural designs, and recognizes the sustainability of pre-engineered metal building construction and the versatility inherent in metal buildings design. Building technology as a whole has changed rapidly in the last decade. The innovative use of steel and concrete has allowed many churches such as Winchester Church of God to undertake church building projects that would have been impossible only a few short years ago and enabling church building projects to reach fruition in a matter of months, not decades.

Winchester Church of God is a Pentecostal Church, founded in 1981 by Dr. Darrell W. Waller and has grown from eighty members to over 1,700 members over the intervening years under the stewardship of Pastor Waller and his wife Pauline. They are so pleased with and proud of their new church building they are happy to personally offer tours of the newly completed Winchester Church of God.

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Olympia Steel Buildings Offers Innovative Ways to Cut Energy Costs

Mc Kees Rocks, PA (Vocus) August 19, 2010

Olympia Steel Buildings has announced a new energy efficient choice for its pre-engineered commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential steel buildings. Now when you choose a color option for your pre-engineered steel building, a new energy-efficient silicone-polyester color coating, Ceram-A-Star

Olympia Steel Buildings Launches New Mini-Storage Building

Mc Kees Rocks, PA (Vocus) September 22, 2010

Olympia Steel Buildings recently announced the launch of their new mini-storage steel building system designed to address the needs of the self-storage industry that has grown into a multi-billion dollar business in recent years, with current businesses expanding and new companies starting up every day. “Olympia wants to be your self-storage partner,” states Arnold Davis, President of Olympia Steel Buildings, addressing the needs of this growing segment of the economy. “We recognize the needs of self-storage facility managers and owners for a secure, cost-effective and attractive building that meets and exceeds code requirements and customers’ expectations. We want to work with you to provide a secure, flexible and cost-effective storage alternative for your customers and our new mini-warehouse steel buildings system does all this and more. We have worked hard to design and develop an attractive, cost-effective and virtually maintenance free pre-engineered steel building that will meet the exacting needs of our growing self-storage facility customers.”

The self-storage industry operates in all parts of the economy from residential neighborhoods to industrial parks, urban areas and rural settings all over America. Owners and managers require that their facilities meet and exceed industry standards for quality, reliability, convenience, and accessibility. “Olympia Steel Buildings delivers the quality that owners and managers expect with our multi-functional mini storage, self-storage and mini-warehouse steel buildings and metal building kits“, states Davis. “With the expert assistance of Olympia’s building consultants, customers find that Olympia steel buildings are a very economical solution to their self-storage facility needs.”

Olympia Steel Buildings’ knowledgeable pre-engineered steel building consultants help self-storage facility owners develop their self-storage facility plans cost effectively and efficiently, carefully guiding them through the purchase and design process. A variety of popular mini-storage building layouts are available to choose from to simplify the decision making process. Experienced factory in-house engineers and drafting experts then design each facility to meet the customer’s specific requirements. All structural framing is hot-dip galvanized making Olympia self-storage steel buildings maintenance-free for the life of the facility. Precision fabrication allows the buildings to be erected quickly onsite, minimizing labor costs. Unlimited sizes accommodate the needs of many different customers and units can be easily expanded to accommodate future growth. Steel panels and steel framing provide excellent fire resistance, lowering insurance costs and providing confidence to the self-storage facility owner and customer alike.

Owners love the features and benefits that an Olympia steel building offers, including twelve panel and trim colors and a colored roof option to create an esthetically pleasing appearance in any setting, two types of insulation and the virtually maintenance-free, durable materials used in every Olympia steel buildings. “Customers are pleased with Olympia’s quality, selection and unsurpassed customer service,” Davis explains. “This is why they choose Olympia Steel Buildings for their self-storage facility needs.”

About Olympia Steel Buildings

Olympia Steel Buildings are supplied by Universal Steel Buildings Corp, an industry leader in pre-engineered steel buildings for over 40 years, and sole supplier of Olympia Steel Buildings

Universal Steel Buildings Joins U.S. Green Building Council

Mc Kees Rocks, PA (Vocus) October 12, 2010

“Because steel buildings are naturally Green and because we want to do our part to be environmentally responsible, Universal Steel Buildings Corp., sole supplier of Olympia Steel Buildings has joined the U.S. Green Building Council to demonstrate our support of sustainable building practices and commitment to Green Building principles and design,” stated Arnold Davis, President of Universal Steel Buildings Corp.

Pre-engineered steel buildings are an innovative building solution featuring solid steel I-beam building construction and they are leading the way in the Green building movement, meeting Green building design goals with innovative building design, engineering and use of materials. “Steel buildings are durable, cost effective, energy efficient, and Green,” asserts Davis. “Sustainable pre-engineered steel buildings can qualify for LEED certification.”

There are many attributes that qualify pre-engineered steel buildings as sustainable, energy-efficient and Green. Pre-engineered steel buildings employ sustainable building design and construction. Steel building components are manufactured to precise specifications in a metal building factory using the highest grade commercial American made steel available. Modern American steel manufacturers employ energy efficient methods in steel production that help substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The steel used in metal buildings manufacture has a high proportion of recycled content. Steel building construction does not require cutting down valuable old growth forests. When a steel building is razed to make way for new building construction, the steel can be recycled, not dumped into landfills as are asphalt shingles, concrete, brick and wood. Steel can be recycled over and over again without loss of the quality of the steel. More steel is recycled than all other recyclable materials combined. “Cool” paints for steel buildings and metal roofing reflect up to 70 percent of the suns rays acting as a thermal barrier to keep the inside of metal buildings cooler. Metal roofs can also save energy and the environment in cooler climates. A painted metal roof not only reflects heat in summer, but also retains heat inside the building on cool days, saving on heating costs and keeping the indoor environment healthy and comfortable in both summer and winter.

“What this means to you, the customer, is that when you purchase an Olympia Steel Building, you will have the opportunity to save money and build Green with the latest in Green building technologies,” affirms Davis. “You may qualify for energy credit under the Federal tax codes, and you will be able to apply for LEED certification for your building project.”

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices and advancing structures that are environmentally responsible, cost- and resource- efficient, and healthy places to live and work. Their Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System emphasizes state-of-the-art practices in five areas: Building site development that is environmentally friendly and responsible; water conservation and responsible water use; energy efficiency, including alternative energy sources; use of renewable materials; and indoor environmental quality.

About Universal Steel Buildings Corp.

Universal Steel Buildings Corp. is an industry leader in pre-engineered steel buildings for over 40 years and sole supplier of Olympia Steel Buildings

Olympia Steel Buildings Introduces High-Tech Dairy Barn Systems

Mc Kees Rocks, PA (Vocus) October 20, 2010

Olympia Steel Buildings high-tech pre-engineered steel Dairy Barn Systems can include free stall barns, milking parlors, holding areas, vet-treating areas, dry cow areas and commodities storage steel buildings. At Olympia, the customer is key. Their experienced in-house design staff has designed dairy barn facility systems for 80 to 8,000 cows. With their years of experience, you can trust Olympia Steel Buildings to develop the project around your strategy for a productive dairy operation.

“We can design and engineer any type of dairy barn facility you have in mind and meet your exact needs and specifications,” says Lucas Hocker, Vice President of Sales at Universal Steel Buildings Corp., sole supplier of Olympia Steel Buildings. “Whether you are interested in a traditional dairy barn or have your own ideas, we can help. We design dairy facilities your way with you, the customer in mind.”

The advantages of choosing Olympia Steel Buildings Dairy Barn Systems for a new dairy operation or for expansion of an existing dairy facility are many. Frames and secondary framing are entirely galvanized especially for dairy barns so that Olympia galvanized pre-engineered dairy facility steel buildings are impervious to mold, mildew and are rust resistant. Olympia pre-engineered steel buildings and metal building systems are virtually maintenance free, are less disease prone and can have lower insurance costs compared to other types of buildings. The open span of their galvanized steel free stall and dry cow barns allows for better air movement, provides better ventilation, a cleaner and cooler environment in hot summer months and no places for birds to roost and defecate. With Olympia Steel Buildings Dairy Barn Systems, your cows will be more comfortable, you will get higher milk production, and a better bottom line.

“Our staffs’ knowledge of dairy barns combined with our innovative designs and the latest technology in metal building fabrication, are sure to provide you with a state-of-the-art dairy,” states Hocker. “We take pride in the knowledge that families will own and operate their dairy facilities for many generations to come.”

Olympia Steel Buildings Dairy Barn Systems incorporate the latest in dairy construction materials, methods, milk process equipment and system layouts. Their knowledgeable and helpful staff of metal building dairy facility design specialists uses the latest computerized drafting and design software available, and their metal buildings systems layouts will fit your dairy needs and business plan, including provisions for future expansion. Olympia Steel Buildings new high-tech Dairy Barn Systems will help you get your new dairy facility finished on time and on budget and ensure a timely milking start-up schedule.

About Olympia Steel Buildings

Olympia Steel Buildings are supplied by Universal Steel Buildings Corp, an industry leader in pre-engineered steel buildings for over 40 years, and sole supplier of Olympia Steel Buildings

Olympia Steel Buildings Lands Huge Contract To Ship Buildings to Kazakhstan

Mc Kees Rocks, PA (Vocus) November 6, 2010

Olympia Steel Buildings has just landed a huge contract to ship buildings into Kazakhstan for a new state of the art manufacturing plant planned for the manufacture modular housing to meet the recent housing development boom.

“Olympia Steel Buildings has more large building projects up the road,” stated Arnold Davis, company President. “The oil boom that Kazakhstan is now experiencing has created an urgent need for modular housing and major housing development projects. It is no secret that due to earthquake vulnerability, the entire region is moving away from concrete structures toward the safety and security of solid steel I-beam pre-engineered steel building construction. Strict building codes that apply to pre engineered steel buildings and metal buildings systems assure that pre-engineered steel buildings meet seismic codes and will not crumble and collapse when the earth shakes like other structures do.”

Olympia Steel Buildings has established a good infrastructure in Kazakhstan and the surrounding region, having penetrated into markets such as Turkmenistan, Russia and Serbia that are opening to the West and Western business models after the collapse of the Soviet Union. These countries are seeking to move from Third and even Fourth World status and develop their economies, fired by their huge oil reserves, new oil pipelines and the industries that fuel them.

“Olympia Steel Buildings stands ready to deliver buildings anywhere in the world,” asserts Davis, “and, we can provide complete turnkey construction packages anywhere in the world, including labor, supervision, erection of steel buildings, concrete work, electrical. We not only prepare the foundation, erect the steel building and install all mechanical systems, we finish the building interior, install drywall, flooring and fixtures and complete all interior painting. We even provide optional landscaping services. We are very excited about the opportunity to introduce Olympia Steel Buildings into Kazakhstan and the entire region. Our experience and knowledge of pre-engineered metal building construction combined with the latest technology in building today deliver a building that is sustainable, cost-effective and energy efficient – and you get a beautiful building.”

About Olympia Steel Buildings

Olympia Steel Buildings are supplied by Universal Steel Buildings Corp, an industry leader in pre-engineered steel buildings for over 40 years, and sole supplier of Olympia Steel Buildings

Olympia Steel Buildings To Open Negotiations With Russian Federation For Metal Buildings Manufacturing Plant

Mc Kees Rocks, PA (Vocus) November 13, 2010

Olympia Steel Buildings has opened negotiations for the establishment of a new metal buildings

manufacturing plant for the manufacture of pre-engineered steel buildings in the Russian Federation. Recognizing the need for buildings that can be put up quickly and economically in order to keep up with the demands of rapid growth in agricultural and industrial regions, the new plant is to manufacture easy to assembly bolt-together all steel metal buildings for the industrial, commercial, and farm sectors. Negotiations are to commence in December of this year.

It is worthy of note that the economy of the Russian Federation is the twelfth largest economy in the world. Russia has an abundance of natural gas, oil, coal, and precious metals. The Russian Federation is rich in agriculture and is now the world’s third largest destination for the outsourcing of software development. “It is estimated that industrial production growth in Russia will grow 6% to 7% in 2010, including mining and manufacturing, and the growth in manufacturing may even top 11%,” notes Arnold Davis, President of Olympia Steel Buildings. “Opening a plant in the Russian Federation would allow us to expand upon that growth. The natural resources are there, the people are there, the technical work force is there. It makes sense to put the plant there.”

The proposed plant will manufacture precision-engineered steel buildings that meet the European Building Code as well as the German DIN-Norm. All component parts will be precision manufactured to exceed industry standards. In addition, the all steel metal buildings for proposed manufacture are ecologically friendly and highly sustainable products.

“Our mission is to continue to produce the highest quality steel buildings in the world by the most efficient manufacturing and operating processes available. We believe we can further advance that goal with the opening of a new metal building manufacturing plant in the Russian Federation,” asserts Davis.

About Olympia Steel Buildings

Olympia Steel Buildings are supplied by Universal Steel Buildings Corp, an industry leader in pre-engineered steel buildings for over 40 years, and sole supplier of Olympia Steel Buildings