McKees Rocks, PA (WiredPRNews.com) — Olympia Steel Buildings metal building manufacturer has become the 16th manufacturing facility to successfully complete and pass the new IAS AC472 certification and accreditation requirements for pre-engineered steel buildings manufacture and become approved and recognized for full manufacturing and engineering accreditation.
Architects, engineers, developers and specification writers throughout the United States are converting non-residential building specifications for metal buildings from AISC-MB criteria to IAS AC472 for qualified metal building manufacturers. IAS AC472 replaces the AISC-MB certification program that has provided third-party certification for metal building system manufacturers since 1989. IAS (International Accreditation Service) AC472 is a new high quality standard written specifically for the metal building industry in cooperation with the Metal Building Manufacturers Association.
“We are pleased and proud that the manufacturing facility for Olympia Steel Buildings®, a Metal Building Manufacturers Association member, has achieved IAS AC472 certification. It is a big accomplishment and everyone involved is to be commended for their hard work and commitment to quality control and quality assurance,” says Arnold Davis, Company President.
This comprehensive accreditation program for metal building manufacturers covers requirements of Chapter 17 of the International Building Code®, for quality control and provides a means to approve the internal inspection programs of metal building manufacturers.
IAS accreditation measures a manufacturer’s ability to conform to approved construction documents and standards as referenced in the building codes through on-site assessment by IAS staff and periodic monitoring by IAS-accredited third-party inspection agencies. This program covers all essential elements for code officials to have full confidence in their approval of IAS-accredited fabricators of metal buildings.
“Because pre-engineered steel buildings and metal building systems are manufactured at facilities generally remote from the erection site,” explains Davis, “building elements such as structural steel members, secondary members and welding processes must be inspected and verified as being in compliance with the IAS AC472 code during the manufacturing process. The steel building factory is doing just that each and every day for every building they manufacture and ship out of the plant – that is the level of their commitment to quality control and manufacturing a quality building product.”
“What this means is that Olympia Steel Buildings will continue to provide our customers with the same high quality pre-engineered steel buildings, competitively priced and now fully IAS AC472 certified!”
The International Accreditation Service (IAS), a recognized accreditation body in the United States since 1975, is a non-profit, public benefit corporation. IAS accredits testing and calibration laboratories, inspection agencies, building departments, fabricator inspection programs and IBC special inspection agencies. IAS accreditation is internationally recognized as a mark of consumer confidence and product quality.
The Metal Building Manufacturer’s Association (MBMA) provides engineering leadership through sponsorship of research programs used to improve the performance, efficiency and quality of metal building systems and to elevate the technology used to produce them. The Metal Building Manufacturer’s Association membership represents more than $2.9 billion in annual shipments and accounts for approximately 43% of the total non-residential low-rise construction market in the United States.
About Olympia Steel Buildings
Olympia Steel Buildings supplies durable high quality pre-engineered steel buildings for commercial, industrial, agricultural, residential, government and military applications using only the highest grade commercial US steel available. Olympia Steel Buildings has been a leader in pre-engineered steel buildings for more than 40 years and is proud to provide excellent customer service and quality products 100% made in the USA and backed by a 50-year limited structural warranty. Contact Olympia Steel Buildings by phone 888-449-7756 or visit www.OlympiaBuildings.com.