Church Steel Building Cost Guide - Price Per Square Foot, Examples & More
Last Updated: September 22, 2023
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Quick Summary: Metal Church Building Cost #
Church steel buildings typically cost $100-$300 per square foot to construct, with costs ranging from the hundreds of thousands for more modest buildings to multiple millions for large churches.
For congregations with big ideas but small budgets—or for those that simply want to get the most for their money—a church steel building is an exciting alternative to houses of worship built from traditional construction materials. Just because steel churches are affordable does not mean that quality or customization need to be sacrificed, however. In fact, a modern steel church building can be made to look just like one made from brick, stucco, or wood. Alternatively, metal church buildings can be framed with steel and finished with these or other materials. No matter which method is selected, steel buildings can provide a modern place of worship that will serve the needs of your congregation for many years.
Steel Building Pricing #
Site preparation - Getting the site ready can cost $2-5 per sq ft. This includes clearing, leveling, installing utilities, permits etc. For a 10,000 sq ft church, that's $20,000-$50,000.
Foundation - Concrete slab foundations range from $5-10 per sq ft. A foundation for a 10,000 sq ft church would cost $50,000-$100,000. More complex foundations like pile driving or basement excavation costs much more.
Steel building shell - The steel frame, walls, and roof will be $10-20 per sq ft for a basic church building. For a 10,000 sq ft church, that's $100,000-$200,000 just for the raw steel shell.
Insulation - Adding insulation like spray foam or rigid boards costs around $1-3 per sq ft. Insulating a 10,000 sq ft church would add $10,000-$30,000.
Roofing - Metal roofing like standing seam can cost $3-6 per sq ft installed. Shingle roofing is cheaper at $1-3 per sq ft. Roofing a 10,000 sq ft church would cost $10,000-$60,000+.
Windows - Basic windows cost around $25-50 per sq ft installed. Stained glass church windows can be $100-500 per sq ft. Large window areas add significantly to total cost.
Interior fit-out - Drywall, flooring, bathrooms, HVAC, lighting, fire protection can cost $30-60 per sq ft. That's $300,000-$600,000 for a 10,000 sq ft church.
Site work - Parking lot, landscaping, drainage would cost $5-10 per sq ft, or $50,000-$100,000 for 10,000 sq ft.
In total, a basic 10,000 sq ft steel church building could easily cost $500,000-$1,000,000+ by the time it's fully constructed. Costs scale up with size and complexity.
Church Steel Building Example Costs #
Here are some real-world examples of costs for church steel buildings:
A 15,000 square foot steel church building in Texas cost approximately $1.2 million to construct in 2022.
A 10,000 square foot steel church building with a 300 seat sanctuary in Oklahoma cost $850,000 in 2021.
A large 30,000 square foot multi-purpose steel church building in Florida cost $2.7 million to erect in 2020.
A more modest 6,000 square foot steel frame church with 200 seat sanctuary in Iowa was constructed for $500,000 in 2019.
An unfinished 7,500 square foot steel church shell in Colorado sold for $400,000 in 2018 with the buyer estimating another $350,000 to outfit it.
A smaller 3,000 square foot steel church in rural Missouri was built for approximately $250,000 in 2017.
As you can see, costs can vary greatly based on square footage, amenities, location, and factors like unfinished versus turnkey buildings. But generally, steel church buildings range from $100-$300 per square foot to construct. Multimillion dollar buildings are common for larger churches.
Advantages of Steel Church Buildings #
A church metal building is an attractive alternative to a conventionally built church for many reasons, including:
- Affordability: By using steel building kits, it is possible to save 1/3 to 2/3 on the total cost of a new church. Much of the savings associated with pre-engineered steel buildings vs lumber is due to the fact that their components are made in a factory and then assembled on site. And depending on the complexity of a metal church building and the congregation's skill level, it's possible to save even more money by erecting the church yourself.
- Durability: Able to resist heavy winds, snow, fire, earthquakes, and other extreme weather, steel church buildings are built to last and require almost zero maintenance. As a result of steel's fire resistance, you're also likely to see a drop in your insurance premiums.
- Efficiency: Not only can a steel building church be constructed in a fraction of the time that a traditional church can, but it is easy to expand should your congregation's needs change and extremely energy efficient when properly insulated.
- Eco-friendly: Church metal buildings are environmentally friendly because they utilize the most recycled material on earth: steel. Modern steel is completely recyclable, and manufacturing it produces few emissions.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Church Steel Building #
Because a church steel building must meet the needs of an entire congregation, it is critical to think carefully about its design and construction. To this end, a building committee can be useful. Choose no more than 10 people to help who can help come decide on aspects of a new metal church building such as:
- What rooms/facilities are needed
- How big the church needs to be
- The congregation's budget and means of fundraising (if needed)
- Required building permits
- What additional furniture, furnishings, etc. are needed
- Whether the congregation can supply some of the labor
- How much parking is needed
Watch: Example of 60 x 100 x 10 Church - Pineridge Baptist Church #
Watch this video to see an example of a church constructed with steel.