Technology and Engineering at Alaska Structures

Alaska Structures Rail-Based Rolling System

Movable Fabric Structures on Rails Employs a Kinetic Architecture Design

At Alaska Structures® we believe our technology and engineering sets us apart from other fabric structure companies. We engineer all of our portable buildings, remote camp systems, and building support systems to meet area-specific and International Building Code (IBC) standards for safety, but we don’t stop there. Expert third-parties independently test and verify the safety of our engineered fabric buildings. Our modular buildings and workforce camps offer a greater degree of versatility, durability, and are engineered with the highest-quality materials to create custom build structures that outlast and outperform other non-engineered building systems. Learn more about our industry leading technology and engineering by contacting our fabric structure specialists at +1-907-344-1565 or by completing our contact us form.

The Longest-Lasting Tensioned Fabric Membranes

Alaska Structures uses a proprietary blend and manufacturing process to create the longest-lasting tensioned fabric membranes available.  Compared to the polyethylene (PE) products used by other companies, our PVC-based fabric membranes offer greater abrasion resistance, will not rot, are resistant to mold and mildew, are UV stabilized for prolonged exposure to high solar loads, and exceeds the fire safety requirements outlined in the California Code of Regulations for membrane structures. No other company produces a fabric membrane designed to withstand extreme climates with temperatures as frigid as -80°F (-62.2°C) or as blistering as +130°F (54.4°C).

Fabric Buildings with Minimal Foundation Requirements

Wood platform foundation with duckbill anchors.

Fabric Structure on a Wood Platform Foundation with Duckbill Anchors.

The engineering of tensioned fabric structures from Alaska Structures allows our modular buildings to be installed and securely anchored on virtually any level surface. A minimal foundation requirement allows our clients to quickly establish on-site warehousing or workforce housing with less site preparation compared to the foundation requirements needed for other prefabricated building systems. All Alaska Structures' fabric buildings can be securely anchored to the following:

  • Poured-In-Place (PIP) concrete walls
  • Concrete Slab-On-Grade
  • Precast Slab Sections
  • Precast Concrete Blocks
  • Sub-grade Continuous and Pier Footers
  • Asphalt
  • Gravel or Earth Pads
  • Sand
  • Wood Platforms
  • Shipping Containers

Please see our Foundation Options for Fabric Buildings page for additional anchoring information.

GTX fabric building installed on rolling rail system

Frame System of an Engineered Fabric Building 

High-Strength Frame Systems

At Alaska Structures, our sturdy metal framing is engineered to meet any challenge, from structure size to climate. Our lightweight aluminum frames are perfectly suited for highly portable applications such as quick-erect shelters for modular housing, mobile offices, field kitchens, and equipment storage facilities. Alaska Structures' high-strength galvanized steel frames are ideal for large fabric buildings designed to create instant structures for on-site warehousing, aircraft hangars, manufacturing space, and dining facilities for large mining, oil and gas, and construction camps.

Alaska Structures offers two frame types based on the size and specified wind and snow loads in your area. Single arch buildings are generally used for applications requiring a small building solution up to 30' wide, such as 1- or 2-person sleeper shelters, modular housing for workforce camps, core storage facilities, on-site laboratories and research facilities for remote projects. Large building applications, typically 30' to 150' wide will employ a high-strength truss design and used for workshops, maintenance and repair facilities, and indoor sports facilities.

Alaska Structures provides three standard levels of corrosion protection for all our metal frame components: 99.9-percent bonded pure zinc, chromate conversion coating, and a clear organic polymer coating. We also offer powder coating as a fourth level of protection.

Protective Powder Coating

Alaska Structures has in-house powder coating facilities that cut down on production time and cost while improving product quality and longevity. Our automated electrostatic application method is superior to traditional spray-gun applications because it ensures a uniform surface coating on our already high-strength framing materials. The Alaska Structures powder coating process has a number of other benefits. It provides an added level of protection from rust, salt air, oxidation, humidity, and other environmental factors. Electrostatic spraying also allows for better coating of materials other than metals.

Secure Anchoring Systems

Alaska Structures offers many safe, high-strength, field-tested anchoring options that adhere to rigorous construction engineering standards. Our 1/2” x 18” (1.27cm x 45.72cm) spikes and/or duckbill anchors are popular options for anchoring directly into the ground.

Lag bolts are used to quickly and easily attach any of our modular building solutions to a wood foundation or platform.

If your project requires fabric tension structures to be anchored to shipping containers, skids, or trailers, you can easily bolt or weld the high-strength frames of our engineered fabric structures to the supporting structure. We’ve also created a rail-based rolling system for increased mobility in our GTX-Series gable truss buildings.

For more information about anchoring options, please see our Foundation Options for Fabric Buildings page.

SuperLayer insulation for fabric covered structures - 3D rendering.

SuperLayer Insulation System

Energy-Efficient Insulation Systems

Alaska Structures offers proprietary insulation systems that can be used in all our high-quality fabric structures. Our integrated product approach allows us to create insulated fabric buildings that are highly portable, pack small for low-cube shipping, and are easy to erect quickly, no matter your skill level. Alaska Structures' fabric buildings can be insulated to any R-value of thermal resistance, designed to provide comfort while using a lower volume of material than traditional fiberglass products.

Plug-and-Play Electrical Systems

At Alaska Structures, we use a ‘plug-and-play’ design in all our electrical systems to cut down on the amount of time and manpower required for setup. We also pre-build our systems before we ship them, allowing general laborers to install them on-site. Depending on construction rules in your area, skilled electricians may only be needed when connecting the electrical system to a power source. Alaska Structures' electrical systems are built using materials and components that meet National Electrical Code standards for use as temporary installations per NEC Article 590. Our fabric structures can fitted for either North American or European power distribution systems.

You can learn more about our industry leading technology and engineered fabric structures by contacting our building specialists at +1-907-344-1565, or emailing inquiry@alaskastructures.com, or by completing our contact us form.