Environmental Prep Work

When you’re getting ready to break ground on a new building, it’s tempting to get to the fun part. You want to see your building grow, after all. You’re in this business to create beautiful, functional structures. You want to see your blueprints come to life.

However, no great building project begins with the actual building. You will need to begin the environmental prep work to see good progress.

Ultimately, success favors the prepared. Much of what makes a project successful consists of comprehensive, considered, and thoroughly-completed prep work. While preparatory activities may not be the most exciting tasks on your to-do list, they’re the ones that will set your building up to look good and age well for years to come.

The Quick Checklist You Need for Environmental Prep Work for Success

Here are the environmental prep work steps we recommend completing before you start foundation work for your steel building project. While these steps can seem redundant or unnecessary, you’ll find that completing them will result in a more productive working environment and a completed project that’s up to code.

Site Clearing

Before you begin your project, you need to remove all above- and under-ground obstructions. This includes removing trees, tree roots, buildings, foundations, aging infrastructure, or anything else that might stand in your building’s way.


You need to be completely sure that you’re building in the right place – including depth, elevation, and any underground features. This is a requirement for most permitting and zoning procedures. A professional surveyor will help you designate the precise location of your building and any supporting structures.

Soil Evaluation and Testing

An environmental engineer can assist with ascertaining the composition of the soil on your site. You need to know if your site’s soil will be able to withstand and support your structure. You also need to know how much water the local soil will absorb. Additionally, a good soil test can help you determine if there are any foreign or active substances in your soil that could affect the integrity of your steel structure.

Rock and Groundwater Investigation

A geotechnical investigation will yield information about the natural features underlying your proposed building site. You’ll need to collect samples of all relevant structures and natural features, learn as much as possible about their composition, and note their exact location on your site plans for future reference.

Revisiting and Updating Your Site Plans

After your team has thoroughly vetted the site for your future steel building, you need to make sure that your designs match what is currently there. If your steel building requires underground water tanks or septic systems, you need to make sure that nothing you have planned conflicts with any rock formations or existing structures on your site. If necessary, the time to revise any site plans is prior to initiating construction of a steel building – not after. Adding in any access roads or temporary storage areas that will exist during construction itself will also help for later logistics.

Make Sure that Your Paperwork and Permits are In Order.

After you’ve learned everything possible regarding your site, make sure that the local Georgia building authorities know what they need to know. You need to meet all GA state and local building codes in order to show that your building is safe – and to avoid frustrating legal battles down the road.

Grade Your Land Properly

You’ll find that working from a uniform, level surface is likely better for your steel building plans. After you’ve investigated your site, you’ll need to ensure that the ground is level or has the slope or base that your project requires.

Lay a Firm Foundation

Use the proper type of foundation for your steel project, and make sure that you install it properly. Whether you’re pouring a concrete slab, digging deep post holes, or ground mounting in another way, you need to make sure that your foundation forms accurately and cures appropriately before you do anything above the surface.

Rely on Georgia-based Steel Building Contractors for Hard Work and Good Results

At Peak Steel Contractors, it’s our goal to go from initial structural design to a completed project with impeccable, meticulous attention to detail. If you’re interested in learning more about what we offer, check out our past projects and contact us for more information.