I'm considering purchasing a 20 x 60 building, built with ribbed, solid
concrete walls, and inner roof trusses of steel, shaped like VVVVVVVV.
bar joists, I think they're called. I assume the uppermost roof is
concrete as well. haven't yet driven out to see the building - it's an
hour away. it's been explained to me by the seller as being "2 panels
across by 3 panels long", or ten foot wide panels. I've seen no images
of it, either. unknown maker of the panels, too.
the building has only 'walk-through' man doors, and I need at -least-
one door five feet wide, but prefer wider, like six to eight feet. he
says the widest existing door is just over three feet wide.
I'm assuming most (if not all) comm'l buildings with concrete walls
(tilt-up, or cast in place) have some sort of reinforcing inside them,
like rebar, or pre-stretched steel cables, steel studs, or 'some
combination of these'.
so, guys, is there -any- kind of way I can 'alter' a panel to have a
wider opening? like using a diamond wetsaw? without entirely ruining
whatever strength the panel has now? or would I need to remove and
replace a panel entirely? some-dang-how or another...
if the roof is also concrete, does removing a concrete wall panel
neccessitate first lifting the roof somewhat? compared to 'conventional'
block or stud-walls construction, this seems like it might end up being
expensive modification...do I have that right?
thanks for any and all suggestions and/or insights into this,
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