Category Archives: Arctic Exploration & Research

Sustainability in Polar Research

Designing facilities to accommodate personnel for research and lodging in the brutal conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic presents some unique challenges. Frigid cold, ever-piling snow drifts, and violently powerful winds are just a few of the more obvious obstacles. These challenges, however, must be overcome to properly study and advance ecology, climatology,
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The Not So Pristine State of McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica

Many aren’t familiar with the McMurdo Research Station or the work scientists do there. Founded in 1956, McMurdo Station is the leading data center in Antarctica. However, recently the focus on McMurdo is on it’s deteriorating condition. There is a plan to update the entire station, however construction will affect the scientists’ ability to work. While buildings get updates, scientists will be left with no place to carry out their research, thus delaying their work. Planners must find solutions to update the buildings while allowing the scientists to do their research. One possible solution is to use fabric structures as temporary research facilities.

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What are the Ideal Uses for Fabric Buildings?

There is a lot of flexibility in using fabric buildings, so much that they can be used in a variety of businesses. Fabric buildings get used most often in exploration and research, aviation, construction, warehousing and storage, and mining. They can be used in other businesses as well, depending on what is needed. Alaska structures offers fabric buildings to address a wide range of business needs. They are customizable so size isn’t an issue when trying to store goods or equipment, or setting up camps and mining facilities. There is even plumbing and water to provide liveable spaces for housing. There are many possibilities, so research to see if fabric buildings are a good option for your business.

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Benefits and Applications of the Quonset Hut Design

Quonset Huts got their first use in navy operations during World War II. Named for the Naval Air Station where the hut first appeared, it can serve a variety of purposes today. These hooped buildings serve housing needs, workshops, mining operations and research camps, and more. There is a variety of benefits to using Quonset Huts in private and public business operations. These benefits include cost savings, flexible design, customization, durability, easy and fast set up, and effective use of space. In addition to operational benefits, these huts have less environmental impact than traditional buildings. Alaska Structures designs huts that will maximize energy efficiency and eliminate wastes.

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