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New Portable Survival Structures for the 21st Century

Our way of life was made possible through exploration, travelling to new sites and settling there. The pioneers of this country had to survive through tough conditions, with shelters inferior to what we have today. Fabric building systems can now offer more protection and rival standard structures when it comes to cost and convenience. These structures are faster and easier to setup without compromising strength and durability. Alaska Structures designs fabric buildings that can withstand very harsh conditions, such as the extreme climates or arctic and desert regions. Third-party engineers test the fabric buildings to ensure their lasting power, which is vital in survival situations.

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Fabric Buildings & Energy Efficiency

You may have your operations housed in an old building, wasting energy and driving up costs due to poor insulation, etc. Before you begin upgrades, it’s important to explore all your options for repairing an old structure or building a new one. Sometimes repairing an old structure can be just as expensive as building a new one, and both take a lot of time. Another option is to use a fabric building to support your operations, as they are fast and easy to setup. In addition, they are typically less costly than upgrades or a building a brick-and-mortar structure. Alaska Structures designs fabric structures with a host of benefits and ways to save and increase energy efficiency.

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Ruggedly Mobile Fabric Structures

How frustrating is it to spend a lot of money on a product, to open it and find it damaged from transport? Fabric structures, while more affordable than brick-and-mortar buildings, are a great investment that are often customized with many details. It’s important to find a company that takes the time to protect your structures from shipping damages, starting with its packaging. Alaska Structures fabric buildings are shipped in very durable rotomold containers that you can even reuse. This is an added bonus if you have operations that require a lot of moving because you can always protect your structure through transport. The design and bonus features of these structures can handle any rugged, mobile conditions.

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Fabric Buildings vs. ISO Containers

ISO shipping containers provide a way for intermodal transport, shipping items from the ship to the rails and then to trucks. This versatility doesn’t translate to housing and camping, however some commercial and governmental operations use them for this purpose. Imagine trying to sleep or work inside a metal crate with no windows or insulation. Those aren’t optimal conditions to live or work in. A better option for a camp system would be a fabric structure, designed to house people and equipment. Factors that make fabric structures a better option are safety, shipping costs, portability, construction costs, versatility, and energy efficiency.

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Green Building Practices With Alaska Structures

Nationally and globally there have been efforts to reduce waste and pollution on our planet, including the recent Paris Agreement. With global warming and new legislation, operations must use energy-efficient and eco-friendly buildings to help the planet and avoid lawsuits. Green buildings efficiently use energy, protect occupant health and reduce waste and pollution according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Alaska Structures offers a solution for operations managers that will follow EPA standards while not increasing operation costs a lot. Their fabric structures are equipped with lots of options that cut down energy costs, are reusable, and comfortable for employees to work in.

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Cold-Climate and Extreme-Altitude Mining Solutions

Mining operations often take managers and miners to the most remote locations with extremely harsh conditions. They need structures that can protect them as they work, and will last the length of the operation. For instance, the Bema Gold mines are in far east Russia, where weather conditions are extreme. It snows 315 days a year with an average temperature of -67°F and up to 132 mph wind gusts. They have fabric buildings from Alaska Structures that they used for 10 years before replacing them. The Bema Gold mines and other operations facing similar harsh weather need durability and long-lasting quality, which their designs can provide.

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More Than a Modular: The Mobility of Our Deployable Structures

Now that you thinking about using fabric structures for your operations, you must think about how you will get them to your site. How you package a portable structure is just as important in maintaining its longevity as the materials it’s made with. Fabric structures are made with durable long-lasting materials that can withstand the harshest conditions while being lightweight, portable and easy to set up. Even though Alaska Structures develops their strongest materials to use for fabric buildings, they still make sure their shipping containers are durable. It’s important to protect your investment when you are transporting it through harsh conditions, to ensure it works properly out the box.

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Basecamps from Alaska Structures

Jagged Globe is a tour operator that plans treks in some of the toughest regions, such as Mount Everest, Denali or Kilimanjaro. When setting up camp on such tough summits as these, you need the strongest and most durable camping systems. Jagged Globe has been using Alaska Structures fabric buildings to set up their basecamps for adventure treks. These camp systems are fully customizable, with long lasting fabric and materials, insulation, and tested by third-party engineers. Jagged Globe relying on these structures in these rugged regions helps demonstrate their strength and safety. These camping systems are fully capable of supporting any operation.

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A Few Applications of Our Fabric Buildings

One of the major benefits of fabric buildings is that they are so versatile; fabric buildings are useful in many different situations. From government agencies to private businesses, many trust Alaska Structures’ fabric buildings to carry out their work operations. These fabric buildings can withstand harsh conditions and undergo careful testing from third-party engineers to ensure the products quality. Fabric buildings can be useful in any one of these situations: polar camps, aircraft hangars, oil and gas operations, mining, emergency housing systems, and recreational buildings. These buildings can work for more industries and operations than ones previously mentioned and their applications are nearly endless.

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