1. Why specify PACO Moment Frames (SMF)?
PACO Special Moment Frames are the lightest weight and easiest to install end plate bolted moment frames available.
2. Will PACO provide custom moment frames for our project?
Absolutely. In fact all our moment frames are custom. We have yet to run across a project that did not require a custom solution.
3. Is there any field welding required?
All our moment frames are designed with end plate bolted connections. PACO bolted moment frames install in a fraction of the time required of traditional field welded frames.
4. How much does it cost?
In almost all cases, it costs less than other moment frame solutions. Our moment frames are lighter in weight and bolt together which greatly reduces the total frame cost vs. traditionally designed field welded moment frames. We will provide a preliminary budget once we receive the PACO Moment Frame Design Criteria Worksheet.
5. How long does it take to design?
We can’t do the impossible but we come close. Typically, we ask for 2 days for each frame but we have been known to turn designs around much quicker.
6. Do you have moment frames for single-family homes?
Yes. We design and manufacture moment frames for single-family homes, custom homes, soft-story retrofit, mezzanine and multi-bay high-rise projects. If code allows it, we will design it!
7. Are your frames suitable for retrofit?
Yes. Our frames are ideal for retrofit projects. All our frames are bolt together solutions and are the lightest moment frames in the industry.
8. Have PACO Special Moment Frames been tested?
Yes. PACO moment frames are fully compliant with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) design guidelines.
9. Does PACO provide the calculations package and drawings for submittal?
Yes. We provide the complete submittal package to the Engineer of Record.
10. How should I order a frame?
To start, simply fill out the PACO Moment Frame Design Criteria Worksheet included in this bro-chure (also available by email or at www.pacosteel.com) and submit to our in-house engineering staff. We will design the frame to meet your architectural and structural requirements.
11. How are the frames packaged for delivery to the installation job site.
Individual columns and beams are trucked to the job site and are ready to be installed by the general contractor. Beam to column connection bolts are packaged with the delivery.
12. How long has PACO been in business?
Established in 1974, PACO Steel and Engineering Corp. is celebrating our 4th decade in business.