The Benefits of Engineered Fabric Structures for Extreme Weather Research Facilities

When your work takes you to areas with extreme conditions, the only thing to do is weather the storm. Be prepared to conquer anything Mother Nature throws at you with our revolutionary, double-engineered tensioned membrane research facilities from Alaska Structures, the world’s premiere fabric structures manufacturer.

Since 1975, Alaska Structures has been supplying the scientific research and mineral exploration industries with best-in-class tension fabric buildings. Utilized as warehouses, equipment storage, and personnel housing, our fabric membrane structures have a well-earned reputation for conquering harsh conditions, inclement weather and extreme climates.

Whether you're on an archeological dig in the jungles of South America or conducting glacier research in Antarctica, fabric buildings used as your research facility offer a superior alternative to traditional modular structures or rental facilities.

Benefits of Choosing Alaska Structures Fabric Research Facilities

Rapid installation and extreme portability are two major benefits of choosing fabric structures and turnkey camp systems from Alaska Structures. Other benefits include:

  • Cutting-edge manufacturing processes
  • Arctic-grade materials
  • Engineering independently tested and certified for snow loads and wind loads
  • Customizable to any layout, configuration and size
  • Proprietary insulation to any R-value of thermal resistance
  • Plug-and-play electrical systems
  • Ruggedized generators, HVAC and environmental control units (ECU)
  • Power distribution systems
  • Low-cube packaging for rapid, economical shipping
  • Secure anchoring to any surface, with or without foundations
  • Proven durability in extreme climates
  • UV-treated composite fabric membranes
  • Logistics support

How to Reduce Costs with Fabric Structures

Investing in a safe shelter or storage solution from Alaska Structures also significantly reduces operational costs for research expeditions in several key ways, including: 

Reduction in Overall Energy Consumption

Sheet metal and fiberglass structures struggle to provide energy efficiency, but Alaska Structures fabric buildings can accommodate proprietary insulation to any R-rating of thermal resistance, making them a vital component of any sub-arctic or desert expedition. When conditions worsen and the need for added protection is paramount, every Alaska Structures tensioned membrane structure can be equipped with heavier insulation to protect your key assets.

Optional HVAC, electrical, and active ventilation systems are also available. Look at our Product Options page for more information.

Decreased Operational Costs

Thanks to low-cube packaging and rapid deployment processes, Alaska Structures fabric buildings can be shipped and installed in a fraction of the time it takes to build a traditional structure. Striking is just as fast and easy, allowing general laborers to deconstruct the facility in most instances. Alaska Structures can also provide logistical support, project management services and installation assistance.

Long-Term Durability

Galvanized steel and heavy-duty aluminum frames combined with custom, double-engineered membranes ensure decades-long lifespans for all of our American-made fabric buildings. Repairs and improvements are easy. With sectional panel design at the forefront of our process, you can expand your structure or make significant changes to its design without having to invest in a completely new building in the future.

High-strength steel or aluminum frames and durable composite fabrics keep your personnel, assets, and equipment safe and secure, regardless of your area of operations. Look at our Technology and Engineering page for more details.


Call +1-970-399-5909, email or contact us online to learn more about revolutionary tensioned fabric buildings from Alaska Structures.

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