Drafting Services

Built on a history of excellence, Tectonix Steel blends over 30 years of drafting expertise with the latest technology. Traditionally, drafting methods included the basics—pencils, paper, and tools like a standard drafting machine or parallel bar. But a lot has changed in the industry. Manual drafting has moved to computer-aided drafting (CAD), where steel detailers use state-of-the-art technology to design drafts. Now, both the designer and the client can gain a better perspective on what the end product will be as we build an entire project in 3D using Tekla Structures.

Tracking Drafts

Several phases are included in a detailer’s drafts. It all begins in the conceptual phase where architectural designers and civil engineers work together. In this stage site plans, floor plans, and exterior elevations are established. Any information that isn’t clear needs to be rectified before moving onto the next stage, no matter the size of the project. Throughout this process, we track changes to keep the workflow in check. The drafting stages of any building are akin to the drafts of a book, but with many more hands in the pot. Before the draft is given to the fabricator or erector as the foundation for construction, it needs to move from rough draft to “publishable” (or erectable) status.

Tectonix Steel’s detailers move from the preliminary conceptual drawing stages to the design development phase only after project manager approval. The size and location of all rooms, materials used, windows, corridors, elevators, stairs, and more are all detailed during the conceptual phase. Once in the design development phase, prints of both floor plans and elevation are created and given to key specialists in electrical, plumbing, heating, and other industries to turn the draft into a reality.

Our reputable structural drafters have the ability to translate a variety of information from HVAC to electrical systems. Even a seemingly simple building has a complex subsystem. By prioritizing communication, cooperation, and coordination, our detailers can turn a draft into a tangible building by working in tandem with a number of other experts.

Drafters are responsible for a number of plans including foundations, floors, schedules, and elevations. Specific information, such as details that should (and shouldn’t) be shown on a roof framing plan, are the responsibility of the detailer. From the beginning draft to project completion, a skilled detailer is an integral part of any construction project. Our team of skilled detailers are here to work with you in turning your draft into a reality.