Canadian Consulting Engineer

Canam launches the BuildMaster Approach Across North America

May 6, 2014
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

SAINT-GEORGES, QC, April 24, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ – Canam, a business segment of Canam Group Inc. (TSX: CAM), North America’s largest fabricator of steel components, is today deploying its BuildMaster® approach across the United States. The approach, which has been offered in Canada since the end of 2010, is a safer and faster process based on collaboration with partners that is redefining the way buildings are designed and constructed.

The BuildMaster approach is characterized by a different, more organized and more efficient way of doing things, providing a structured organization to the job site, and as a result, reducing assembly schedules by up to 25%.

“After offering the BuildMaster approach to our customers in Canada and New England for over three years, we are proud to share the advantages of this initiative, which has generated extremely impressive results, with the American market. This is an important step forward in the construction industry, since it allows us to optimize the installation of buildings to the benefit of our clients. With 21 manufacturing facilities located across North America, Canam now positions itself as a best practices integrator to help it stay ahead of its main competitors,” explains Joël Nadeau, Vice-President of Canam Buildings.

BuildMaster: a simple, straightforward and predictable way to build The BuildMaster approach was born of a need to simplify the construction process, especially when it comes to building envelope. Used on more than 300 industrial, commercial and institutional projects to date, it allows Canam to make the construction experience more enjoyable for owners, architects, general contractors, fabricators and steel erectors, by facilitating the interaction between the various building trades involved. “We are no longer just a fabricator of steel components, but an actual partner in the success of our customers’ projects. This involves a great deal of maturity and an uncontested ability to fulfill our commitments,” says Mr. Nadeau.

BuildMaster: planning and job site integration The strength of the BuildMaster approach is that coordination with the customer starts at the design stage. Canam’s upstream involvement helps design the building and its components in a way that optimizes job site deliveries, component identification and installation procedures. Steel components are delivered in sequence, which allow workers to work faster, on a better-organized and clutter free job site, thus providing a clearer vision of the work to be done. By working with steel erectors, Canam makes sure it monitors the overall construction process.

“The BuildMaster approach has been fine-tuned over the last three years. Canam remains attentive to its customers and partners in order to keep improving construction processes,” concludes Joël Nadeau.

The many advantages of BuildMaster, as well as the testimonies of some of our customers who have experienced this new approach, are available at

About Canam Canam specializes in the fabrication of steel joists, joist girders and steel decks. This business segment also designs and manufactures the Murox® and Econox® prefabricated building systems, and Hambro® composite floor system. The offerings are characterized by value-added engineering and detailing services, architectural flexibility and customized solutions and services. Canam ranks as one North America’s main steel joist manufacturers.

About Canam Group Inc. Canam Group is the largest fabricator of steel components in North America. Specialized in designing construction solutions and fabricating customized products since 1961, Canam Group takes part in an average of 10,000 construction projects each year in three products and services groups: buildings, structural steel and bridges. The Corporation operates 21 plants across North America and employs more than 3,600 people in Canada, the United States, Romania, India and Hong Kong.


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