Engineered Fabric Structures for All Types of Construction Projects

The construction of large-scale engineering projects can take months, if not years to complete. Alaska Structures®️ modular buildings provide construction companies and engineering firms with tensioned fabric structures designed for rapid setup, drastically helping to reduce construction schedules. Modular structures from Alaska Structures can be configured for:

  • Workforce accommodations to house large labor crews
  • Complete worksite camps
  • Modular offices
  • Workshops
  • Equipment storage facilities
  • On-site warehousing
  • Maintenance and repair facilities

The use of fabric structures in these types of operations is growing more common in a slew of different uses. According to Fabric Architecture Magazine, many trades are aware of the benefits of using fabric architecture for a long-term building.

Since opening our doors in 1975, Alaska Structures has engineered, manufactured, and successfully delivered more than 65,000 modular buildings on time and within budget. Tens of thousands of customers in more than 70 countries around the world have proven our engineered fabric structures unmatched capabilities with decades of use in some of the most extreme environments.

Alaska Structures is the world's leading manufacturer of engineered fabric buildings for large-scale construction of port and marine infrastructure, mass transit and power plant facilities, and heavy engineering projects.

Fabric Structures for Different Construction Facilities

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


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.

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.


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.


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 free 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.

Modular Buildings Designed for Marine and Port Facility Construction

Marine and port construction projects involve building, maintaining, and repairing heavy machinery for dredging, drilling, moving, and lifting. By definition, these port construction and repair projects are almost always located in or near water.

Buildings designed for use at port facilities or marine construction sites must be rugged, durable, and able to withstand not only corrosive salt air, high humidity, but unexpected and extreme weather conditions that can suddenly arise because of their proximity to bodies of water.

When it comes to engineering buildings for extreme conditions, no other fabric building provider can match the proven experience and expertise of Alaska Structures. Our modular buildings are designed for portability, allowing construction companies to easily setup, take down, and relocate the engineered fabric structure as needed. Fabrication shops, maintenance facilities, workshops, and equipment storage facilities from Alaska Structures are engineered to meet local and international building codes for safety. And once setup, are virtually maintenance free.

Depending on the building size and building code requirement, our high-strength frame systems are available in galvanized steel or lightweight and aircraft-grade aluminum. Optional powder coating is available to provide extra protection from corrosive environments or chemicals that are used or stored inside the structure.

The tensioned fabric membranes from Alaska Structures are made using a proprietary blend of the highest-quality materials to produce an engineered fabric that is UV stabilized (not coated) for prolonged use in locations with high solar loads, resists mold and mildew, will not rot, offers a greater abrasion resistance compared to other PE- or PVC-based fabric covers, and exceeds the fire safety requirements outlined in the California Code of Regulations for membrane structures.

Nearly every facet of an Alaska Structures modular building can be adapted to create a custom build structure capable of meeting unique building specifications needed for heavy engineering projects and large construction projects.

Modular Buildings for Mass Transit Construction

The construction of mass transit infrastructure is a booming industry as the nation struggles to build, improve and repair systems designed to move a growing population. The construction of transportation projects are often on tight deadlines. Delays are costly, and can be defined as critical infrastructure, requiring costly work-arounds if not managed or performed in an efficient manner.

Prefabricated modular buildings from Alaska Structures are easily transported to a construction site. The low cube and lightweight materials of our building system, combined with the ability to meet strict deadlines, provide a cost-saving benefit, allowing transit construction projects to remain on schedule and within budget. Once the project or a phase of the transportation project is complete, the Alaska Structures building system can easily be taken down and moved to the next location.

The open span design of our engineered fabric structures maximizes the use of interior space, allowing quick and efficient storage for large construction equipment.

Engineered Fabric Buildings for Hydroelectric and Power Plant Construction

The construction of hydroelectric dams and power plants take years to complete and involve large crews of people. Heavy construction projects such as these are generally in remote places, away from urban centers.

Alaska Structures offers modular buildings for workforce housing and worksite camp systems that are easy to install, can be safely and securely anchored to nearly any level surface (including dirt, sand, gravel, asphalt, and concrete), are easily relocated, and designed to provide a long-lasting and durable housing solutions for workers, as well as facilities for equipment storage and maintenance. Alaska Structures offers a wide selection of building solutions for housing workers. We work closely with project managers, site directors, and EPCM firms from all over the world.

Advantages of Engineered Fabric Structures for Construction Projects

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 to Discuss Your Heavy Construction Project and Modular Building Needs

Rely on our five-decades of proven excellence, providing engineered fabric structures and modular building systems for workforce housing and worksite camps to support large-scale and remote mass transit, power plant, marine and port facility, as well as other heavy engineering and construction projects!

We work closely with project managers, site directors, and EPCM firms from all over the world. Contact us to discuss your upcoming construction project.

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* 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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