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Cost-Benefit Analysis

Stylish Exposed Steel Columns with High Performance Fire Protection

Black Rock provides structural elements with architectural impact. At the same time we save owners cost and cut installation time.

  • Factory column fireproofing (eliminating the need for field labor to apply other forms of fireproof coatings).
  • Exacting quality control performed by our in-shop factory professionals.
  • Decreased long-term maintenance costs and the added durability of exterior steel shells.
  • Predictable scheduling as Black Rock Fireproof Column delivers to site completely fireproofed and prefabricated columns, ready for erection.
  • No additional trades needed for on-site fire protection products.
  • Added security and confidence of working with the AISC approved structural fireproof protection of Black Rock Fireproof Columns.

At Black Rock we have our own professional trucking fleet of 15 tractors and 40 trailers, which means we can assure on-time building column deliveries. We can also tap into a network of over-the-road trucking partners to meet peak customer demands

Column Performance

Black Rock assures on-time deliveries by maintaining our own trucking fleet of 15 tractors and 40 trailers. We also tap into our network of over-the-road trucking firms whenever needed to meet owner demands.

Prefabricated Building Column Cost Comparisons

Steel column fire protection product costs

Based on a 9 × 9 Column @ 12′ Tall (Open shop rates)

  Sheetrock Encased, 2 HR Intumescent Coatings, 2 HR Spray Fireproofing as per UL X716 enclosed in a column cover Concrete Encased, 2 HR BRFC “BRIDGEPORT” TYPE SS X106, 2 HR
Column cover
$1,575 – $2,205
Onsite lost time
Three Days

+ Special Inspection

No Days Lost
Total Initial Cost
$1,800 – $2,430


*Cost Estimate created with 2018 Building Construction Costs based on RSMeans Data opens in a new windowwww.rsmeans.com

Building Columns with Multi Hour UL Fire Ratings

The diagram shows (1) Concrete (2) Structural Steel (3) Vermiculite Fireproofing, a special proprietary insulating material (4) Outer steel shell that permanently protects the fireproofing material.

Black Rock Fireproof columns are rated and labeled by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. for fire retardant classifications of 2, 3 and 4 hours. Columns are completely shop fabricated and shipped to the job site ready to erect.

Look to Black Rock as the manufacturers who specialize in fire proofing steel columns. We design, manufacture, and deliver the columns that capture the vision of architects, deliver on cost and integrity for engineers, and support the structures that delight occupants.

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