Category Archives: Construction

Things to Consider Before You Buy a Tension Fabric Building

Tension fabric buildings are a great substitute for traditional buildings, being just as durable and more cost effective. As fabric buildings become more popular, there are things to think about before buying one for your business. Before buying a fabric building you must what type of materials are used and how strong they are.You need to know if the companies design has been tested and meets building codes. In addition, flexibility and durability are important these to consider. Some companies also offer customization if you need a building for special circumstances. It’s important to compare buildings to find the right fit 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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Rethinking Dining Facilities – Alternative Solutions with Fabric Building Systems

When designing buildings for your mining or research sites, it’s important to include a building for dining. Workers need a place, protected from the elements, to eat and relax while they work long hours. Fabric buildings are a great option when designing mess halls for your staff. Workers will be safe in a fabric building from Alaska Structures, because they receive testing to ensure they are durable. They can withstand extreme weather like traditional buildings, but require less time and labor, making them cheaper to set up. There are other benefits to using a fabric structure besides cost and easy setup. Learn more about how to use fabric structures for cost effective dining space for your workers.

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Advantages of Fabric Buildings Over Traditional Structures

If the children’s story The Three Little Pigs were written today, the smart pig would have made his home with a fabric building. He had to sacrifice time and fun to build a strong home that would protect him from the big bad wolf. His brothers however, unwilling to sacrifice fun or spend much on materials lost their homes to a huff and a buff. A fabric building would allow the smart pig (and site managers) to not compromise time for strength and vice versa. There are many advantages fabric buildings have over traditional buildings. In addition to faster setup, fabric buildings are more cost-effective, portable, low-maintenance, and easy to change. They also aren’t limited to one surface type and allow plenty of natural light. A fabric building surely, would outlast a huff and a puff with all these benefits.

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Alaska Structures: Shelters for Extreme Heat

Fabric structures have proven their strength in very cold climates and with heavy snow loads. The strength of fabric structures is possible in very hot climates as well, with cutting-edge technology, to support operations. In addition to UV coatings to protect fabrics, Alaska Structures provides many product options to make your fabric structure stronger. There are insulation packages that help the inside of the structures stay cool as well as environmental control units. The fabric structures receive these upgrades without compromising their portable nature, nor quick and easy setup. You can use these structures for any type of operation; these structures have few limitations.

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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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