Why Masonry instead of Metal ?

Daedalus our project manager has found that for our project  a ground faced concrete masonry unit is cheaper than a metal panel system in both initial construction costs and long term maintenance and replacement costs.   Typically the initial cost of metal buildings can be slightly less expensive than masonry construction,  but the cost savings are so small and the long term maintenance  costs are much higher  that it would not be wise for the town to build a metal building.

To further reduce costs we have changed from a ground face block to a split faced block.

details in the memo below.

Masonry vs steel panel system