The Architecture and Design of Beam Bridges and How the Use of Fabric Covered Buildings Helps During Construction

November 13, 2013

beam bridges - fabric covered buildings can be essential in the building of beam bridgesThere are more than a half million bridges in use across the United States; the beam bridge is made up of a horizontal beam that is supported at each end by piers. The weight of the beam pushes straight down on the piers; the farther apart they are, they weaker the beam becomes which is why these bridges rarely span more than 250 feet.

Bridges have been constructed by humans since ancient times, with initial designs being extremely simple, such as a tree placed over a stream or a river. With the advancement of civilization, other methods were discovered based on using rock, stone, mortar and other materials to create longer and stronger bridges such as the Roman techniques that included the driving of wooden poles at the intended location of bridge columns which were filled in with various construction materials. Following the industrial revolution, the introduction of stronger materials was used such as steel replacing wrought iron.

Beam bridges are the simplest of the four types bridges built today, beam, arch, cantilever and suspension.  It is strong as well as economical.  Due to its simple design, this bridge is the most common of all throughout the world, generally used to span shorter distances and common found along local roads.

Fabric covered buildings can be essential during the construction of these bridges. During the winter, construction areas often need to stay warm, requiring a quality weather protection solution. Fabric covered buildings created by Shelter Structures are made in a way that they can be used on future bridge construction as well, even if the size differs just by adding additional sections to the trusses that hold the shelter. This can help reduce structure and creation costs significantly.

From bridges and other tricky projects, Shelter Structures offers affordable design solutions, including fabric covered buildings which can be utilized for even the largest and most challenging projects.

Tensioned Fabric Building – Easy to Construct, Durable, & Inexpensive

October 25, 2013

tensioned fabric building No matter what project you are working on whether it be a new home, a storage building, or a scientific research project; you want to make sure your investment is protected.  As such, you want the best quality shelter available at the best price.  As a result of this demand, engineers have designed an easy to construct, inexpensive, and highly durable shelter design which they call a “tensioned fabric building,” in order to satisfy this demand.

A tensioned fabric building is designed using cables and other temporary elements that stretch a highly durable and waterproof type of cloth; or more specifically a PTFE (Teflon®) fiberglass membrane.  This membrane is stretched tight across the supporting structure in the way that a skin is tightened across the head of a drum.  This creates a waterproof and highly impermeable barrier to the elements for whatever project you are engaged in that needs to be protected from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, and moisture.

Argentina gives us a great example of how a tensioned fabric building can be effective on a very large scale:

“Featuring 312,545 square feet of tensile roof clad in a PTFE (Teflon®) fiberglass membrane, La Plata is the first fabric-covered stadium in South America and the first South American stadium designed to be fully enclosed, with the option of being partially covered.” (Justin McGar,

La Plata Stadium in Argentina is an amazing twin-peaked building which has a 53,000-seat capacity.  This innovative structure gives the option of being partially covered or fully covered at the whim of the operators.  The stadium concept was so well received that it has been given both a 2012 Engineering Excellence Platinum Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York and the prestigious 2012 Outstanding Structure Award from the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering.

Shelter specializes in this innovative type of structure, and can custom design a tensioned fabric building to meet your needs in any situation.

Temporary Construction Shelter Sales Set To Surge With Building Boom

September 16, 2013

temporary construction buildingThe construction industry has seen a boom over the past few months. That surge has created an increase in demand for secondary industries tied to construction.

Construction spending domestically went up 0.6 percent in July to nearly $901 billion. That number is the highest seen in the U.S. in four years and 5.2 percent higher than a year ago. Some construction sectors – especially private home building – are expected to keep climbing well into the new year.

That means good news for construction companies, of course. But it’s also a chance for branch-off services like temporary construction shelter to establish a healthy market. Many construction companies will rely on temporary shelters to keep their equipment and materials out of the elements for as long as they’re on site for the build.

Shelter Structures advises companies to arrange for temporary construction shelter for most every job. Work can’t be done when the materials are saturated or worn down by the elements. Combined with wind and sunlight, precipitation can create mold that renders materials useless. Shelters can be made for nearly any size, from a few feet for protecting concrete slabs to 10 stories high and hundreds of feet long for a fleet of vehicles.

Temporary construction shelter can not only protect equipment, but it can also protect the project itself. Some projects need to be kept out of the elements until their outer shells are finished. Shelters can be made to fit around structures of never any size and shape. They can keep debris from blasts, drilling and other work contained – and away from nearby homes and businesses. They can also help keep workers dry and out of the elements while they work, creating an interior working environment while still being outdoors.

Temporary construction shelter can, in many ways, make a project run more smoothly. With more projects under way nationwide, look for more of these temporary units to also spring up.

Hardside Fabric Structures by Shelter Structures Inc. – Infographic

August 28, 2013

Shelter Structures has developed a hybrid shelter that offers the best of all worlds when it comes to portable shelters.  Steel panels, or “hardsides” provide extra support and security.  Fabric roofs continue to offer natural light and economy.  And these shelters can also be relocated when a project is completed.  We have put together a helpful infographic to help you learn all about our Hardside Structures.

hardside structures from shelter structures infographic

Top Advantages of a Fabric Covered Building

August 10, 2013

When you are in need of a temporary or permanent large building, there are a great deal of choices for you to consider and the right choice can save you a lot of time and money.  The popularity of fabric covered buildings is steadily rising because they are the right choice if you want to maximize your profits and minimize your expenses.

Shelter Structures understands your desire to acquire cost-effective containment and weather protection and is proud to be leading the fabric covered industry in providing the perfect alternative to permanent structures.

Here are a few of the many advantages of choosing a fabric covered building from Shelter Structures:

Space: They offer versatility among industries afabric covered buildingnd provide an abundant area of space and height.  Large equipment easily fits in such buildings and you do not have to worry about beams and poles.

Natural Light: Fabric covered buildings allow you to benefit from the use of natural light, which reduces your energy costs and helps out the environment.

Fast installation: Most likely the erection of your custom fabric covered building can take days as opposed to weeks when compared to more permanent buildings.

Ease of relocation:  If you have a need to relocate your building, it is quite easy to do so because of the modular construction. You can also expand just as easily.

Custom design: Each structure is custom designed to meet your needs. If you are not sure what size you need, we will work with you to create a custom design to meet your requirements.

Outstanding fabric longevity: We understand the level of tension needed to protect the fabric from Mother Nature, so we design our shelters with more than enough tension along the sides and length to provide long-lasting life.

No corrosion: Our structures will not rust like some other structures out there because we hot dip galvanize every base and connection plate and tabs.

Coated fabric: We coat the fabric, whereas others laminate to try to cut costs.  Coated fabric provides more durability so the life of your fabric covered shelter lasts much longer.

Licensed engineer stamp: If you are in need of engineered drawings, we can provide you with such and have a licensed engineer stamp it wherever your location is.

The advantages of fabric covered buildings far outweigh permanent structures.  Shelter Structures prides itself on providing exceptional workmanship, cost effectiveness, and customized solutions to fit your needs.

Fabric Structures Offer Many Uses for Military and Government Installations

July 10, 2013

The US Navy used Shelter Structures to make a fabric  shelter for them Recently, Shelter Structures was tasked with the job of creating a tank shelter for the United States Navy.  This building had to allow for the tank to be maintained and worked on, while also enabling them to perform trial runs and to drive the tank in order to ensure that all is well.  It was certainly a unique challenge, but one that our team of engineers enjoyed greatly.  Projects for government and military use are nothing new here at Shelter Structures, and we are proud of the many projects we have designed.

Fabric structures were the choice of the Navy when it came to tank storage, and they have also been used to create covered walkways for the Pentagon as well as to create submarine shaft storage at Pearl Harbor.  Shelter Structures products can be found everywhere from Panama City, Florida to Afghanistan and Kuwait, and our team of engineers designed each of these fabric structures to meet the unique needs of our United States military and to help ensure that each structure was designed to last and to hold up to even the strongest conditions.

Here at Shelter Structures, we take great pride in working with the Department of Defense on many different projects.  Our tank maintenance building was only one of many fabric structures created to help our men and women in uniform, and we are lucky to be able to serve our military in this way.  We have created buildings for many different bases as well as aircraft hangars and even training space for troops.  If you are looking for custom fabric shelters for your military or government needs or if you are simply looking for the best and most cost effective portable and relocatable shelters, Shelter Structures is certainly the best option for virtually any need.

A Weather Protection Shelter Can Be Critical On the Job or In the Field

July 9, 2013

weather protection shelterSummer is here, and while that can mean beautiful weather, it can also mean dangerous and destructive thunderstorms.  Summer storms can be devastating, especially hurricanes and tornadoes, and a weather protection shelter can be an important part of many job sites.  Keeping your equipment protected and safe and having a place where your crew and others can turn in the event of a fast approaching storm is essential in many areas of the country, and the right building is crucial.

There are many different uses for a weather protection shelter, including temporary shelter for people in the aftermath of a storm and shelter for equipment, supplies, construction materials, and more during a season when storms are likely to come with little warning time.  Tensioned fabric buildings are affordable, safe ways to provide the protection you need while offering a removable and relocatable means of weather protection.  This can be essential when a building is only needed seasonally or when it needs to be moved from one site to the next as your needs and your project locations move.

At Shelter Structures, we provide weather protection shelter options to suit your needs.  Our shelters are designed by engineers and built using the highest quality materials and methods in order to ensure that they are long lasting while also remaining highly cost effective.  They are an ideal solution for a wide range of industries and needs and can be installed quickly and easily.  Summer storms often provide little warning, yet they can do great damage.  Having protection against all that summer weather can bring is always a good idea, and it doesn’t have to break the budget.  With the right building, you can get the protection and extra storage space you need at a price that your company, outfit, or installation can afford.


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