Welcome to BlueSTAR

Blueprints - Steel - Foundations - Erection

We Build Red Iron and Tubular Steel Buildings

Our expertise and strength is design talent and field talent combined with experience. Our 7 steel erection crews  31+  years of steel building know how and talent..

BlueSTAR Design is lead by Ron Phillips also having over 35 of designing everything from massive goverment global CAD CAM software systems to engineering steel building blueprints with NCI CAD CAM software.

Everyone is a little different. But let’s make it simple: First set down at your computer. Take a look at the Red Iron Gallery or the Tubular Steel Gallery.  One of these Galleries will likely have something close to what you’re looking for.  If so give us a call or click on the contact us button and leave us a description.  

Why we buy American Steel:  As of 2013 China produced 779 million metric tons of steel each year, making it by far the largest steel producing country in the world. This is compared to 165 for the European Union, 110 for Japan, 87 for the United States and 81 for India.   China’s 2013 steel production was equivalent to an average of 3.14 cubic meters of steel per second.  We provide this information as a public service.  We feel every American should know the facts.

Corporate Integrity:

Experience !  The core executive ownership is a highly integrated team.  Our ability to integrate conceptually and pragmatically has as it’s foundation mutual respect of experience based success . 

Product Quality: , For us it’s simple, we don’t believe the company can be better than its core product.  Every building we build is always built as if we were building it for us.

Engineering Quality: Extreme talent multiplied by experience and blended with harmonious team work begat our engineering quality. It is second to none.

Our Three main choices are Red Iron Steel, Tubular 2″x3″ or 2″x4″ high grade galvanized and AIRLIGHT Building Panels. There is no quick answer to be found here. Even if you’ve made up your mind. It is likely that you’ve already answered the questions. Our best advice is call us and we will work with you for your answers.
Building Plans

Our Building Plans are engineered for Red Iron, Tubular and AIRLIGHT Steel Buildings.

When building a steel building, Building Plans are just one in a series of issues that must be well coordinated. Building dimensions, foundation plans, budget, State and local building codes, and much more. BlueSTAR understands that the process can be overwhelming and we are here to help.

We can help you with more than just structural drawings; our experienced team can guide you through the entire process. If you are planning to build a new structure call us, we will earn your business.

BlueSTAR designers along with our Building Contractors form a project team for the entire design and construction process. Starting each project, we take the time to understand your vision. We carefully listen, document and verify what you envision it to be. We will work with you to design the  structure, both interior and exterior.

Red Iron Steel

Red Iron Steel

First just a note on the term “Red Iron”,  Structural steel is primed at our NCI fabrication shops with either a red or grey colored primer. BlueSTAR always recommends the red color that helps show that all areas are covered with primer. Red lead primer and paint is no longer used in the U.S.

Structural steel used in buildings is usually not primed if it will receive sprayed-on fireproofing. BlueSTAR Steel frames are always primed to prevent corrosion before painting in the field.

Look through the Red Iron Gallery and you will see multiple examples of Red Iron Steel.


Tubular 2x3 & 2x4 Steel

BlueSTAR Tubular Steel

There are two fundamental ways of producing tubular steel sections – the most expensive method (in which a hole is formed through a hot solid bar) and the most cost effective method, a fused process (in which a flat steel plate is formed into a cylindrical shape and the edges fused together). The latter is the most commonly employed. In this process a steel strip or plate is uncoiled and guided, cold, through sets of forming rolls to produce the desired shape. At the point where the edges meet, a high frequency current is introduced into the edges of the strip. The electric current produces enough local heat to melt the strip edges as they are fused together. The steel bond is formed instantly.

After fusing, rectangular sections are formed by passing them through a s that progressively changes the shape. This reduction and reshaping process can be carried out hot or cold, which results in the distinction between ‘hot finished’ and ‘cold formed’ products. For a cold formed rectangular section, the corner radius is somewhat rounded and is the preferred approach for BlueSTAR tubular structures. Dimensions used for the bulk of BlueSTAR Tubular Buildings are 2″x 3″ , 2″ x 4″ and 2″x2″. What this means to you is the choice of process affects residual stress in the section and this leads to a design calculations. What you need to know is that the BlueSTAR PE calculates each  set of structural plans fully aware of the steel specifications.

AIRLIGHT Building Panels

Go to our Galleries Menu and go down to AIRLIGHT for a viewing of an AIRLIGHT Building.

BlueSTAR is ever searching for cost effective and time/labor saving construction methods.  Several years ago Jim Plaugher the Chief BlueSTAR Building Director for BlueSTAR Steel came across the AIRLIGHT product and became acquainted with Wanessa-Sue the Architect, owner and creator of the AIRLIGHT Product. The relationship between AIRLIGHT and BlueSTAR runs deep.  We believe so much in this product and Wanessa-Sue that she has become a member of BlueSTAR as our Executive Architect.

Higher Building Standards:   The AIRLIGHT Panels, Manufactured by AIRLIGHT Building Panels,  is manufactured to a higher set building standards.

About AIRLIGHT Building Panels™:

  1. Expanded polystyrene core,
  2. a complete thermal brake,
  3. solid structure heavy load capacities,
  4. premium steel frames,
  5. R30+ insulation,
  6. Vapor and air barriers, also
  7. AIRLIGHT building panels cut back on labor costs, because they are capable of being erected in a single

BlueSTAR is here to answer your questions and concerns. .

Foundation Plans

BlueSTAR Foundation plans: A core BlueSTAR Service

BlueSTAR foundation designs:  Are defined as that portion of the design process connecting the building to the ground, transferring loads the structure to the ground. Almost all BlueSTAR Foundations are considered shallow foundations.   Foundation engineering is a combination of soil and rock assessments and calculations in the design of foundation elements for it’s target structure.

BlueSTAR footings and piers, are usually embedded about 2’ or 3’  or so into soil. One common type is the spread footing which consists of strips or pads of concrete (or other materials) which transfer the weight from walls and columns to the soil or bedrock.

Another common type of shallow foundation is the slab-on-grade foundation where the weight of the building is transferred to the soil through a slab placed at the surface. Slab-on-grade foundations can be reinforced mat slabs, which range from 4” to several feet thick, depending on the size of the building, or post-tensioned slabs, which are typically at least 24” houses, and thicker for heavier structures.

Our BlueSTAR Civil / PE is licensed for every US State and is ready to serve you needs.

Steel Erection

BlueSTAR Steel Erection: A core BlueSTAR Service

When  it has to be done professionally from beginning to end, look to BlueSTAR’s  team of structural steel erectors. Our highly trained steel  workers, welders, deliver high quality craftsmanship in a cost effective manner. Our structural steel erectors take on projects large and small for all of our US  project owners.

Design through erection, we have the experience and the expertise to handle the entire steel construction process.

Our main services include:

  1. project management,
  2. structural steel design,
  3. engineering,
  4. detailing,
  5. structural steel fabrication,
  6. Steel frame erection,
  7. Sheet Metal and Trim.



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