How Engineered Fabric Structures Help Reduce Transportation Construction Projects

Dozens of new technologies are on the rise to streamline infrastructure construction projects. At the same time, a small handful of new transportation technologies are slowly working through the experimentation phase toward becoming viable services. Whether we all travel by hyperloop in the future or cross bridges made with 3D printing technologies, construction and maintenance work will still look familiar. For that matter, we’ll have a continued need for permanent and temporary buildings to use as on-the-job workshops, shelters, offices, storage facilities, and more.

Functions of Fabric Structures

However remote or convenient your workplace may be, you still need the right facilities to keep construction projects moving smoothly.

Modular Offices

Mobile offices are an affordable and convenient solution for both temporary or semi-permanent modular office needs. Traditional office trailers only make financial sense for short-term use, with a well-established track record of lasting a handful of years before expensive upkeep or repairs are needed for ongoing use. Engineered fabric structures provide a better solution for creating modular office space, especially in remote locations. They are designed for short-term, semi-permanent, or prolonged use, can easily be moved from one job site to the next, and are designed for longevity and durability, even in extreme or harsh weather conditions.

Alaska Structures’ modular office buildings are widely used for transportation projects, including the construction and maintenance of roads, highways, bridges and tunnels around the world. The lightweight and low cube design of modular offices made using engineered fabric structures from Alaska Structures provides a drastic savings in logistics and transportation costs. Choose from a large selection of building models, including the XPL Shelter System which can be fully assembled in less than 10 minutes - greatly reducing construction schedules for on-site infrastructure.

red modular office in cold weather

All Alaska Structures building systems are engineered to comply with local and international building codes for safety, offer unmatched durability, can easily be relocated or used as a permanent installation for year-round construction projects.

Heated Structures for Cold Weather Concreting

Cold weather can slow or in some cases, entirely halt the construction of transportation infrastructure. Keeping concrete warm is essential for the development of roads, streets, sidewalks, culverts, pilings, piers, approach slabs, and anchorage systems. Concreting in cold weather often requires covering the freshly poured concrete with blankets. Because the ground is often warmer than the air and the concrete itself generates some of its own heat, this is usually enough to keep the wet concrete from freezing and cracking, allowing it to dry and cure properly in most situations.

heated structure for cold weather concreting

For transportation construction projects that require the pouring and curing of concrete in extreme cold temperatures (known as “cold weather concreting”), on-site temporary facilities designed to span the width of the roadway, with the ability to be heated and easily moved are essential. Alaska Structures has vast experience working with Public Works and Transportation Departments, as well as highway and road construction firms to custom build and design heated structures for cold weather concreting.

On-site Facilities for Transportation Construction Projects

The more remote your transportation construction project site is, the more on-site facilities become important. Instead of exposing vehicles to harsh weather and cold temperatures that put equipment assets at risk, keep them protected with a vehicle storage and maintenance facility.

Custom build storage facilities from Alaska Structures offer a open span interior up to 150’ wide, to any length, and can be insulated and heated like a conventional building system with the added benefit of being quickly relocated to the next remote construction project site.

On-site vehicle storage and maintenance facilities from Alaska Structures reduce logistics and transportation cost associated with working in remote locations, as well as reduce equipment repair times. Engineered fabric structures are a great solution for protecting fleets of trucks, cranes, cement mixers, or storing bulk materials and preventing wind-blown contamination.

The Advantages of Engineered Fabric Structures

When it comes to fabric structures, the saying ‘not all are created equal’ couldn’t be truer. While there are hundreds, if not thousands of companies that sell fabric structures – most of them are made in mass and cheaply overseas, there are only a handful of companies that offer custom designed and engineered fabric structures to meet specific building codes. Within the small pool of reputable companies, only one company has five decades of unmatched experience engineering and manufacturing more than 65,000 engineered fabric buildings in the United States. These structures support construction projects of all kinds in the most extreme and remote locations in more than 85 countries.

Those seeking quality and looking to invest in a custom build structure will enjoy the following the benefits of choosing Alaska Structures:

  • Engineered for rapid setup with minimal skill. No expensive special contractors, setup crew, or supervisors required for the installation.
  • Minimal foundation requirement allows you to assemble and safely anchor the building system on any level surface including: dirt, gravel, sand, concrete slab, footers, or wood pilings.
  • A free span design eliminates the need for interior support columns and maximizes the available interior space.
  • High-strength galvanized steel or aircraft-grade aluminum frame systems can be custom designed up to 150’ wide, adjusted to any height, and to any specified length.
  • Long-lasting membrane systems offer a much lower life-cycle cost than other tensioned fabric covers.
  • The architectural membranes from Alaska Structures are engineered to have a higher resistance to abrasion, will not rot, are mold and mildew resistant, and exceed the fire safety requirements outlined in the California Code of Regulations for membrane structures.
  • Proprietary insulation increases energy efficiency to create and maintain a comfortable internal temperature, even in areas with extreme hot and cold climates.
  • Translucent sky light material allows you to utilize natural light during the day, creating a bright and safe work environment, while reducing energy usage and cost.
  • Plug-and-play lighting and electrical systems available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz reduce the need for expensive electricians.*
  • Custom designed to meet your building specification with a large selection of equipment doors, personnel doors, windows, insulation packages, HVAC, and air distribution systems, and vehicle exhaust systems.
  • Choose from the largest selection of fabric colors and patterns.
  • Add your company logo to any Alaska Structures building.

Contact Us Today to Custom Build an Engineered Structure

Our knowledgeable and experienced building specialists are able to assist you with all aspects of planning, designing, and engineering a custom build structure. For more information, or to discuss how on-site modular offices, vehicle storage facilities, maintenance and repair facilities, or enclosures for cold weather concreting, or portable buildings for storing equipment and bulk materials from Alaska Structures can benefit your transportation construction project, please call for immediate assistance. If you wish to submit your road or highway construction project details and request a building specialist contact you, complete our online form or send an email to

* A certified electrician may be required to connect the electrical distribution panel to shore power or local power utility. Please check with your local or state requirements.

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