Technology and Engineering at Alaska Structures

Alaska Structures Rail-Based Rolling System

Fabric Structures Technology and Engineering

At Alaska Structures® we believe our technology and engineering sets us apart from other fabric structure companies. We engineer all of our product lines and camp systems to meet area-specific and International Building Code (IBC) standards for safety, but we don’t stop there. Expert third-party sources independently test and verify the quality and safety of the high-tech engineering that goes into all of our versatile designs, durable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) laminated fabrics, high-strength metal support systems, and secure anchoring systems. You can 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.

Durable Alaska Structures Fabrics

Alaska Structures uses high-strength PVC fabrics in all of our buildings. Compared to the polyethylene (PE) products used by other companies, our PVC fabrics offer greater abrasion resistance, snow shed, and ease of repair. We can engineer our structures to meet your exact specifications for wind and snow loads, ground conditions, and performance needs. Alaska Structures fabric structures are engineered to last from 10-plus years to decades, depending on environmental conditions. No tensioned membrane structures are tougher in extreme climates with temperatures as frigid as -80°F (-62.2°C) or as blistering as +130°F (54.4°C) in the shade.

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 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.

Versatile Foundation Options

Wood platform foundation with duckbill anchors.

Wood platform foundation with duckbill anchors.

The engineering of our tension fabric structures provides you with an extensive variety of foundation options to meet each project’s requirements. Among the materials ideally suited for use with Alaska Structures' fabric buildings are:

  • Concrete
  • Gravel or Earth Pads
  • Wood Platforms
  • Intermodal Shipping Containers (ISO)

Concrete foundations are a superb option for creating a clean ground surface and maximizing the stability of fabric buildings. You can easily attach our tensioned fabric structures to concrete foundations via concrete wedges, sleeves, and/or expansion anchors.

If you plan to keep your Alaska Structures fabric structure in one place for an extended period of time, our engineers recommend you use concrete in any of these forms:

  • Precast Concrete Blocks (Ecology Blocks)
  • Poured-In-Place (PIP) Concrete Walls
  • PIP Concrete Slab-On-Grade
  • Precast Slab Sections
  • Subgrade Continuous Footers
  • Subgrade Pier Footers

Please see our Foundation Options for Fabric Buildings page for additional info.

GTX fabric building installed on rolling rail system

High-Strength Truss-Arch Frame System

High-Strength Framing Systems

A fabric tension structure is only as good as its frame. 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, tents, mobile offices, and quonset buildings. Alaska Structures' high-strength galvanized steel frames are ideal for large buildings, such as warehouses, as well as small buildings or heavy-duty buildings, such as aircraft hangars.

Alaska Structures offers two frame types based on the size and specified wind and snow loads in your area. Square tube single arches are generally used on smaller buildings such as shelters. Trusses using square tubular steel are used on larger buildings such as workshops, recreation centers, and dining facilities. We use square tubing instead of round tubing or I-beam configurations because square tubing has more surface area and a greater resistance against deforming.

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.

Secure Anchoring Systems

Not every project requires concrete foundations, and Alaska Structures offers other 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.

Wood is a solid choice of foundation platform for camp tents and temporary housing. And you can easily attach Alaska Structures' fabric buildings using lag bolts. If your project requires fabric tension structures to be anchored to shipping containers, skids, or trailers, you can easily bolt or weld our 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. Despite being easier to install than metal or brick-and-mortar structures, Alaska Structures' fabric buildings can be insulated to any R-value of thermal resistance, and we’ve designed several insulation systems that 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 engineering by contacting our fabric structure specialists at +1-907-344-1565, or emailing, or by completing our contact us form.