From design to construction, Courtney Pritchard is an expert on arch-style structures.
She started her career at SteelMaster in 2015 as part of our residential department, selling buildings first, then transitioning into an after-market sales and support position.
Courtney also ran department-wide training on snow loads and custom homes.
Her interest in custom designs and her willingness and ability to learn have made her a great fit in SteelMaster’s commercial design team, which she joined in April 2020.
“I enjoy the technical part of working on the commercial team and creating custom building solutions,” she said.
Whether it is looking at architectural drawings or simply listening to the customer’s requests, Courtney says she “likes to help bring the clients vision to life.”
Courtney’s favorite part of working at SteelMaster is helping customers find a structure that fits their specific needs then seeing pictures of the finished product.
“I want the customer to have the right solution and for it to be functional. This often takes slowing the customer down and showing them that I am the product expert and that they are in good hands.” Courtney says.
By helping the client from start to finish, Courtney says she often feels a personal connection to both the customer and the project.
See the list below for some of her most notable projects she’s worked on during her time at SteelMaster.
Andy F. – Edisto Island, South Carolina
R-Model, 40’W X 13’H X 40’L
Initially, customer Andy F. purchased a 10’ X 10’ shed from SteelMaster; however as his After-Market Specialist, Courtney discovered he was also interested in purchasing a container cover to create a workshop.
“He is a super cool guy. They get hurricanes in his area, so we designed it with arch material endwalls to accommodate his wind load,” Courtney said.
SteelMaster’s standard endwalls have a 3.25 inch corrugation but our arch panels have a 7.5 inch corrugation, helping them withstand high winds.
“You’re going to have a 20+ foot tall building once the roof is on top of containers, in some cases,” Courtney said. “So when the wind loads are high, we’re going to switch to arch panels to combat racking, which can cause the bolts to loosen.”
Container buildings have gained popularity in recent years and can be used for many different applications including workshops, equipment storage and more.
Andy chose to paint his containers and endwalls with acrylic paint, but decided not to paint the arches so the building’s Galvalume Plus coating would still reflect sunlight.
The reflective coating keeps the interior of the building cooler and doesn’t have the greasy residue of old-style Galvalume, which makes it much easier to paint if you chose to do so.
“Andy has been a great customer and has even gotten other potential buyers in touch with me,” Courtney said. “A happy customer is the best marketing we can do!”