Foundation Options
for Fabric Buildings

Alaska Structures engineers all our fabric buildings to securely anchor to many different surfaces for safety and longevity.

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Anchoring Methods for Fabric Buildings

Alaska Structures® takes safety very seriously. Properly anchoring our fabric buildings is a crucial component to protecting personnel, equipment and vehicles in the world’s most extreme environments. We also understand how clients use our fabric buildings and remote camp systems. With that in mind, we offer multiple anchoring, foundation, and foundation-free options to anchor your fabric building to virtually any level surface securely.

Do you require a temporary or a permanent foundation?

First, temporary foundation options for fabric buildings are typically quicker and easier to install. After disassembly and removal, they leave little to no lasting trace on the land. This is great for situations where long-term environmental impact is a concern.

Next, permanent foundation options stand the test of time and provide incredibly stable and long-lasting fabric buildings. Consider permanent foundations for mission-critical buildings, mining truck repair facilities, industrial warehouses, onsite dining facilities, pump station enclosures, and any other situation needing a durable foundation.


No single foundation material works for every project or budget. That’s why we engineer our fabric buildings to safely anchor to a variety of surface types:

  • Level asphalt, gravel or earth
  • Wood platforms
  • Concrete
  • Intermodal shipping containers (ISO containers)
  • Concrete foundation blocks

Foundation Solutions

The ballast frame system from Alaska Structures® is a unique, foundation-free anchoring solution that enables quick and efficient building installation on diverse terrains and can meet stringent safety and durability standards.

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Concrete Foundations

  • Poured-in-place concrete slabs
  • Low-rise poured-in-place concrete walls
  • Precast concrete slab sections
  • Continuous concrete footers
  • Subgrade concrete pier footers

Alaska Structures® produces concrete foundation blocks for quick and reliable anchoring of our fabric buildings. Available in two sizes, our concrete foundation blocks are made with new concrete, offer superior strength, and provide a versatile foundation solution with minimal ground disturbance.

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Intermodal Shipping Container Foundations

Shipping containers make excellent foundations for fabric buildings. They’re versatile, affordable and simple to install. With the right equipment, shipping containers are ideal for adding height to your fabric structure and providing additional enclosed space for tool and equipment storage. Additionally, Alaska Structures will work with you or your project managers to create an open-ended or fully enclosed building on containers.

Wood Platform Foundations

Wood platforms install quickly and work well for temporary structures or installations needing a semipermanent building. Clients often use wood platforms for large remote construction camps, mining camps, oilfield camps and workforce housing. For extremely cold climates, we also offer insulated wood flooring systems.

Anchoring System Options

Only some projects require or can use concrete foundations. Especially in remote locations, Alaska Structures® offers other high-strength anchoring options that adhere to our rigorous construction and engineering standards. All fabric buildings from Alaska Structures® require anchoring to comply with local codes or the International Building Code (IBC) for safety and long-lasting durability.

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