A 10,000 sq ft steel building cost for building only (aka “dropshipped”) will be between $65,000 and $280,000, but a number of things can affect the cost.

Let’s say you’re an electronics company (we’ll call it Electronics, Inc.) in Atlanta who has outgrown your current storage capacity.

How Much Does a 10,000 Sq Ft Warehouse Cost?

Simple 10000 sq ft steel warehouse cost picture

Now you need a warehouse. Nothing fancy, just a basic 100×100 metal building to store and assemble your packaging. How much will the 10,000 sq ft steel building cost?

Around $75,000 for just the steel. 

“Basic” here means 3-inch standard insulation, two doors, one roll-up garage door, engineered drawings, shipping, and sales tax in the 30334 zip code, which is 8.9%. 

How Much Does a 10,000 Sq Ft Warehouse Cost in Charleston, SC?

Now, suppose Electronics, Inc. is trying to build the exact same building in Charleston, SC. Does it still cost the same?

No, it’d cost closer to $87,000. 

Here’s why. 

Charleston, SC sits on an earthquake faultline and it’s in a “hurricane lane”. The local building codes in Charleston require way more of a building because of it. Again, it’s the exact same building, just 16% more expensive. 

Should you change where your building is located based on local building codes? Probably not. 

There are hundreds of reasons why Electronics, Inc. may choose to build in Charleston vs. Atlanta. Local building codes should only be a small part of a much larger “ideal location” discussion.

How Much Does a “Middle-of-the-Road” 10,000 Sq Ft Steel Building Cost?

How much would a middle of the road 10000 sq ft steel building cost

Electronics, Inc. decides they could get more bang for their buck by building a few small offices inside the warehouse. 

They decide to beef up the insulation a bit, add another roll-up door, add another door, and make the side of the building facing the road look a little less industrial with windows and 3 feet of stacked stone. 

It’s a good looking, but mostly utilitarian office warehouse.

How much would that 10,000 sq ft steel building cost?

Close to $95,700 in Atlanta, Georgia.

How Much Does a “Complex” 10,000 Sq Ft Steel Building Cost?

how much would this complex 10000 sq ft steel building cost?

Electronics, Inc. now decides they want to move their growing business. Instead of having separate office space and warehouses, they opt to pay one bill with a full-blown industrial office (aka flex building). 

We bump up to a green, standing seam roof with top-of-the-line insulation in the roof and walls to reduce heating/cooling costs. Half of the building gets partitioned off for offices and the other half for a distribution center with (5) dock doors for tractor-trailers. The exterior gets stuccoed and the building trim gets a few higher-end finishes. The warehouse is humidity and temperature-controlled for safe electronics storage. 

How much is this industrial office building?

You’re looking at $150,000.

How Much Does a “Designer” 10,000 Sq Ft Steel Warehouse Cost?

How Much Does a 10000 Sq Ft steel building cost?

Electronics, Inc. wants an Instagram worthy building. When a customer drives up, they will definitely comment on how AMAZING the building looks. They may even win an industrial design award.

The whole building has an insulated, designer panel exterior. The interior is lined with designer panels. There are numerous framed openings for fancy doors, glass walls, and specialty windows purchased separately from specialty manufacturers. No expense was spared in making this building a gorgeous work of art.

How much will this 10,000 sq ft flex building cost?

For just the building, nothing short of $280,000. Though, it’d be easy to go over that.

How Much Does a 10,000 Sq Ft Data Center Cost?

How much does it cost to build a 10000 sq ft data center?

As a fun thought experiment, let’s suppose your company, Electronics, Inc., is looking to build a premium data center on par with Google and Facebook.

How much would that data center cost?

Turnkey -breaking ground to handing you the keys- it would cost $1,000 per sq ft, or $10,000,000. $1M-$3M of that is the building

Again, that’s an absolute premium data center, not one Electronics, Inc. is likely to build. They’d more likely go for a medium-complex data center that costs $250,000-$800,000.

The price for these buildings is high due to a number of special requirements that prevent server downtime like redundant power, computer room air conditioning (CRAC), special climate-controls, industry-specific ventilation, and a few dozen other things particular to building data centers.


Here’s a quick breakdown of the cost of the steel for the different levels of the building. 

How much does a steel building cost?

But, of course, you’ll need someone to pour the concrete slab and to assemble the building once it arrives on site. 

For that, we offer the full “shell” (building, concrete, and erection) conveniently together in one place on one quote. 

We also have turnkey and design-build services available in case you have an idea but haven’t gotten started. 

Call us at 800-952-5997 to get started today.