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Starting a Gym, Building Recommendation?


#1

I have been a gym instructor for 8 years. I want to start a health club of my own. My husband told me that he would help me.

I have a plot in the town and I was thinking about constructing a gym, It will a perfect spot. My husband told me that there is a company that does sustainable steel construction in Ontario. It looks like they do green construction.

What is your opinion about steel buildings for the gym? Share your suggestions.


#2

What is sustainable/green construction?

I’ve done a fair bit of construction and fabrication, but don’t recognize those terms or understand how they’re used.


#3

Steel buildings are less expensive than stick framed, concrete or masonry block, without sacarficing longevity. Some people don’t like the look, but you can dress them up with a masonry wainscot, paint and different wall panels. I’ve built four in the last few years. Three of which were gym/weight room buildings.

Green building and sustainable are terms that mean nothing to anyone in construction; it’s purely a marketing tool. Ask if there is any savings for not being green or sustainable. Haha


#4

Knowing exactly zero about it, one of my main concerns would be the heating & cooling costs.


#5

That’s the “sustainable” part.

Geothermal Heat Pump

Solar Panels.

Using layers of old 20oz plastic bottles to insulate.

Can you hook the Elliptical Machines to some kind of battery?