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Future Buildings: Fast Construction & Flexible Design

Together with increased industry customer demands and the abilities of specialized contractors, such as A.C.E. Building Service, the future of commercial and industrial building construction is here.

Welcome to the future of buildings. Have you dined with us before? Our specials here include:

  • Compressed project timelines
  • Social-distancing designs
  • Employee-focused workspaces
  • Fast construction
  • Sustainable and renewable materials

If you’re wondering how we prepare our specials, a quick blast to our past shares our secret ingredient. A.C.E.’s 48-year partnership with Butler Manufacturing ensures that our customers will always have a solution for their project that will meet their needs. This means designing a functional, tasteful, cost-effective, and efficiently constructed building - all with the help of pre-engineered metal buildings manufactured by Butler.

Okay, we’ll tone down the dining experience metaphors, right after you get a taste of the following future building advantages. Let’s dig in!

Compressed Project Timelines

Compressed Project Timelines

Future building standards aren’t just building designs that look like they’re from The Jetsons; they also have to do with the building construction process itself. The advancement in technology and the need to swiftly adapt to market trends have emphasized the demand for compressing construction timelines as much as possible.

People have also become accustomed to instant gratification in our daily lives. We can find an answer to a question as fast as it takes to even ask it, watch a how-to video to replace a clutch in a ‘72 Chevelle, or buy a pair of shoes all with just our smartphones and in a matter of minutes. The wait time on budget requests, design, and the construction process is increasingly shrinking with demand.

More so than the actual construction itself, the planning phase of construction is being compressed more and more. What used to take months is now asked to be done in weeks. Simply put, your time is money. The faster a building is completed, the faster the end-user can use the space to generate income. Therefore, a faster construction timeline can even be the difference between a contractor winning a project or not.

For more information about design-build construction or A.C.E.’s project planning philosophy, check out our FAQ page, today!

Social Distancing Building Designs

Sneeze guards, masks, and hand sanitizer stations are all part of social distancing 101 and the first line of defense. But there is more that we can do to create a socially safer environment in new building designs such as increased ventilation and far fewer necessary touchpoints.

Future buildings that are being designed and constructed today are using creative strategies to implement safer and smarter social interactions for the people occupying the spaces.

Traditional building designs - you may not have even thought about - might be a thing of the past. Long-established designs for public drinking fountains, bathrooms, cafeterias, and really anywhere there is a tight concentration of people could be rethought and redesigned for the future.

A few examples of these include:

  • Bathrooms designed with switch-back walls instead of doors.
  • More charging station outlets with larger separation.
  • Restaurants implementing outdoor and rooftop seating.
  • Roll-up doors instead of walls to increase airflow and ventilation.
  • Self-rooming stations instead of waiting rooms in clinics and hospitals.

Additionally, spaces such as break rooms, dining areas, and locker rooms may need solutions to allow for greater occupant separation.

There’s a good chance that future building design features will be designed to create a more significant physical separation between people when utilizing common areas.

Employee-Focused Workspaces

Employee-Focused Workspaces

Just as future buildings are being designed for safer and better social interactions, future buildings are also being designed to be more accommodating to the employees that occupy the spaces.

Employees are the employer’s most valued assets, and in an economy where the workforce is scarce, employers need to offer better accommodations than their competitors to attract their desired staff.

Windows, energy-efficient lighting, and air conditioning are being incorporated into factories. Ergonomics, bold designs, and new amenities are included in offices and professional spaces.

While interior environments using controlled temperatures and pleasant lighting can improve the employee’s comfort and health, the building layout can inspire engagement and collaboration. A great design can energize the individuals in it daily and make tasks easier or more fun to do.

The design can also include fitness centers, informal cafes, lounges, and conference rooms that boost creativity.


Putting off repairs to your building? With our wide range of services, we can help you upgrade any part of your building. Whether it’s a full office renovation, stairs or ramps updates, or partition wall construction, A.C.E. is your one stop shop.


Fast Construction


You heard it once; you’ll hear it a thousand times... time is money! If a project is taking too long, that extra time is costing the customer not only for construction fees but for the opportunity cost as well.

We absolutely get the need for fast construction - heck we pretty much gave you the definition for why it’s so necessary. And we have good news for you; traditional building materials and methods are no longer your only options. We’re living in the future, and how we got here wasn’t a time machine but rather pre-engineered metal buildings.

Pre-engineered metal buildings can be erected in a fraction of the time it takes to construct a conventional masonry and steel structure. This is accomplished in three ways.

  1. A building can be delivered in as little as six weeks.
  2. Butler’s pre-punched structural materials allow for fast, efficient erection when constructing the building at the jobsite.
  3. There are no redundant building elements.

For example, other building methods require a steel deck to be installed, followed by insulation, and then a finished roof surface. A pre-engineered structure requires no steel decking - the metal roof panel serves both purposes. That’s saved time, saved money, and quicker income in our customer’s pockets.

Sustainable and Renewable Materials


The supply of natural resources is not limitless. This is something we need to consider yesterday, today, in the future, and for decades to come.

Steel is a renewable material. It’s the most recycled material on earth, and recycled steel is an essential ingredient used in Butler’s integrated steelmaking processes. The electric arc furnace process is more environmentally friendly than basic oxygen furnaces—enabling the use of 75%–100% recycled steel.

All Butler buildings contain up to 74% recycled steel and are all designed to be easily disassembled, repurposed, or recycled.

The demand for products and systems that can reduce energy consumption is higher today than ever before. Butler also offers a range of energy-efficient roof and wall systems that can achieve a thermal efficiency rating of R-40 or more if required.

Now that’s a smart and responsible future to be a part of and live in!

Future Steel Buildings are Pre-Engineered

You’ve heard why steel materials are so important for our environment. And you’ve heard how Butler’s pre-engineered building processes can speed up construction a considerable amount, but why else should you consider not only steel buildings but pre-engineered steel buildings?

  • A pre-engineered steel structure is non-combustible, which allows for more lenient building code requirements and lower insurance rates.
  • Pre-engineered structures are adaptable and can be designed with future expansion in mind and added on to with ease.

A Butler building can be designed to accommodate almost any end-use building. From warehouses to churches, aircraft hangers to office buildings, self-storage to heavy and unique structures, we can design a Butler building to fit any need and design. The process is streamlined and, partnered with the design-build construction method, can reduce construction times significantly.


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How Is Butler Manufacturing Preparing for Future Building Designs and Construction?

Butler has been recognized as the industry leader in pre-engineered steel buildings for years now. They continuously improve supply chain management, engineering, energy code compliance, and technology, giving Butler Builders and its clients the tools to design cost-effective, energy-efficient, and easily-adaptable structures.

Butler Manufacturing even has its own research center and a proprietary real-time estimating system that can generate a firm price for building solutions in minutes. Butler’s team members come from a wide background in the construction industry, including engineers, former builders, LEED accredited professionals, real estate developers, and those with a background in heavy structures.

Come Back to The Future With A.C.E. Building Service

A.C.E. Building Service offers commercial and industrial construction services and is the exclusive distributor of the Butler product line in the counties of Sheboygan, Calumet, Kewaunee, and Door County on the lakeshore as well as in Brown and Outagamie county.

Contact us today to learn more about the advantages of future buildings using the Butler Building System, and we’ll provide a free project assessment. Call today at 920-682-6105 or schedule a free consultation.

Topics: Construction and Renovation

Written by Chris Herzog

Chris is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin - Platteville where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. In addition, he is a LEED accredited professional (LEED-AP). He began his career with A.C.E. in 2005 as an estimator/project manager and later held the responsibilities of business development and marketing before assuming the role of President in 2021. In addition to the overall management and leadership of the company, he continues to build relationships with clients, serves at the board level in several community organizations, and ensures that the company's core values are upheld and at the center of every project.