Component Construction

April 10th, 2011
by Don_Lawrence

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Component construction intregrates factory built wall panels, along with floor and roof trusses, to create time and labor savings for builders. Plans are “value engineered” starting from the top of the structure, establishing load paths from each level down to the foundation. Innovative products are used such as Timberstrand; Parallams, Parallam Columns, and LVL’s for load transference. This creates correct sizing of structural members for each application. In combination with I Level, Framer’s Series dimensional lumber, the quality is unsurpassed for customer satisfaction. Contact Don Lawrence (843) 450-3762 for a quotation for your next structure or for more information.

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Why Component Construction?

What Does BFS Do Best?

Expedite manufactured components and building materials to jobsites.
The premier supplier of building components in the Grand Strand.
Has a strong reputation for on time deliveries and has built the foundation of trustworthiness for “doing what we say we will.”
Expertise in construction knowledge.

What Unique Service Can We Provide To General Contractors?

Review plans and design components that will fit the building’s intent in regard to transference of load path. We design from the top down so the correct beams are sized to send the load from the roof to the foundation. They range from conventional 2x lumber to Timberstrand to LVL. Buildings using wall panels are correctly sized for the application.

Advantages of Wall Panels

Wall panels utilizing the “Framer’s Series” dimensional lumber are distinctly marked for the crown edge with an arrow. They are grade stamped, have an applied mold inhibitor, and carry a two year warranty against sheet rock “pops”. Also they are warranted against warps, crooks, and bows. Wall panels are considered a “green” product and add to the point total of Green Building which carries weight with educated consumers.

Wall Panel Construction

Wall panels are built in a controlled environment. The designers detailed job information is downloaded from a computer and burned into the panels by a laser burner. They are initially squared on a squaring table in the framing process. An additional squaring table is used prior to the sheathing being applied. The panel is then shot with a laser beam for consistency of nailing as it goes through the nailing bridge. This assures each stud is hit in the nailing process.

No tape measures are used during the construction process. This automated system virtually eliminates human error.
Deliveries are made on flat bed trailers that are unloaded with a moffit truck using extended forks. BFS is the only panel producer which utilizes this type of delivery equipment. Panels are placed in the optimum location on site. This reduces breakage and makes the panels more accessible once unloaded.
Strict adherence to quality control tolerances are followed and monitored.
There is no limitations of the construction type offered. Custom single family, multifamily, townhomes, production building, and military base housing are a few of the panelized projects BFS currently services.

Design Expertise

Truss designer send layouts electronically to the panel designer and communicate concerns. This bring the two disciplines together and adds another pair of eyes to each process.
Builders are given comprehensive layouts and shop drawings on both panels and trusses to approve. The structure is literally built on paper before construction physically starts.

Expediting Components and Materials To The Jobsite

Once the job is approved, we set the schedule. In earnest, the builder can expect a “level” a day. Trusses and panels days are set with materials in between to assure what is needed is delivered complete and on time. This relieves the burden of scheduling from the builder and he can spend more time with what he does best-supervising labor and satisfying his customers concerns.

Being The Premier Supplier of Components

Our panel facility is in Cowpens, SC. We have two truss plants that service the Grand Strand, Sumter and Loris. We have tremendous capacity in all these locations. We are able to shuttle and shuffle between plants to make our schedules happen. Often, panel deliveries are sent to Sumter in the pm for an am shipment to the beach. This truly makes us the leader in the industry.

The Value of Component Construction

Integration of structural and architectural plans into a cohesive designed strategy for success.
Potential problems are solved before they surface ensure predictable results.
Accurate takeoff’s for sheathing, bracing, blocking reduce overage’s / underage’s of loose materials supplied.
Sealed shop drawings and engineered “tall” walls are provided for inspections.
Innovative engineered products such as LVL’s , Timberstrand, parallam columns are sized for specific job conditions. The right product is used in the right situations.
Panels, like trusses, can be set in the same time it would take to cut conventional lumber equating to labor savings. Again, predictability in meeting the production schedule means savings to the builder and keeps his clients satisfied.
Associated construction trades are provided for such as HVAC ducts in floor trusses, air handling units in roof trusses, plumbing pipes in wall panels.
All studs align from top to bottom in walls. Point loads from girder trusses have the correct stud “clusters” in the walls below them for load transference to foundation. Rough opening sizes are figured in the approval process to avoid unplanned “field adjustments.”
We have developed and are sophisticated enough to offer this type of service to the custom home builder. Once, it was almost exclusively offered to production builders. We can now offer this level of organization to the customer’s we are uniquely best able to serve. The custom home builders of the Strand can benefit our “on time” planned delivery scheduling as well as commercial builders involved in townhouses and condominium construction.

Construction Waste is Minimized Using Wall Panels

Typically, other than blocking used to hold the panels in a bundle during shipment, there is very little waste generated on a component jobsite. Theft is also greatly reduced with the use of components. Whereas conventional lumber can “walk” off the jobsite, you won’t find many wall panels do this.

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