Fabric Structures Are Often a Permanent Improvement Over Metal Industrial Buildings

December 11th, 2017

A common misconception in construction is that fabric buildings can only be used on a temporary basis. The truth is that many metal buildings are replaced with fabric structures, also known as clearspan structures, for the added flexibility. A clear span building can be relocated, whereas metal buildings cannot. For example, large aircraft hangers, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities often choose fabric over metal so they can be moved later if required. Fabric buildings can be a very durable solution that is easy to implement. Here are just a few reasons why tension fabric buildings are being seen in more commonly in a variety of applications.

Assembly Time

Manufacturing a building, even when it is designed as a temporary space, takes time and resources. Manufactured metal buildings are often used because they can be brought to a worksite and used very quickly. By choosing fabric over metal, you are cutting installation time down by up to 2/3s of what it once was. This helps to further curb costs and makes fabric structures a better choice for companies that value mobility.

The FMC Subsea Mobile Shelter is a great example. When comparing costs, the development of a metal building capable for offshore oil and gas field operations would have been higher. By switching to custom fabric shelters, they were able to move forward with their project.

Modular Designs for a Fully Customizable Look

Modular buildings are popular because they can easily be adapted to changing business needs. Each portion of the building can be added to, relocated, or removed entirely. Pieces can also be sold to other companies, allowing downsizing businesses to easily recoup some of their initial investment. And when your business is expanding, you will be able to add the exact space your company needs to be productive.

Simple Repairs Prolong the Life of the Building

One primary reason fabric covered buildings are generally used as permanent structures is their low maintenance requirements. As parts become worn or need to be removed, they can easily be replaced. You don’t need complex tools to get the job done and wait time is minimal.

Most business owners think in terms of cost effectiveness and practicality. Fabric structures are a great solution, used in a number of situations. No matter what your industry is, you can get a durable, easily modified fabric building designed specifically for your needs with a lifespan that is comparable to that of a similar metal structure. Contact us today to learn more about how your business might utilize custom fabric buildings.


Contrack Bahrain

December 15th, 2016

The US Navy is transitioning its maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft from the P-3 aircraft to the modern P-8A aircraft. Designed by Boeing and modeled on the body of a 737 airliner, this aircraft is being phased into operations in various locations around the world. One such location is at ISA Air Base in the Kingdom of Bahrain.



Drone Flyover Video

October 31st, 2016

Shelter Structures recently completed the first fabric building for a large and innovative company working in the composting industry, which will be used to process organic waste into fertilizer. As the only manufacturer who could meet the exact size requirements, Shelter Structures was tasked with creating two different sized buildings.

The overall size of this custom fabric structure is 42,000 square feet, with a wind load design of 140 mph, and has a useful lifetime of 20+ years. To learn more about the shelters, take a look at the video!



Don’t be Fooled by an “Engineered” Building

August 31st, 2016

Within the tension fabric building industry, most suppliers will tell you their buildings are “engineered”.  Shelter Structures does that as well, but while most customers think engineering is the same throughout the industry, that simply isn’t true.



Shelter Structures: Hurricane Season

June 13th, 2016

hurricaneHurricane season is upon us. From June 1 through November 30, people and businesses primarily on the East Coast will be watching as tropical storms form near the Canary Islands, and work their way over towards the US. In 2016, Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012, according to a forecast released Friday by The Weather Company, an IBM Business. A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes are forecast during the coming season. (more…)


BCR Haines City Project

April 25th, 2016

BCR needed help, and Shelter Structures was able to come through. BCR’s industry-revolutionizing technologies that convert organic waste streams into safe valuable, and marketable end products required covered shelters for processing storage.

BCR Environmental 1 - Shelter Structuresmock up of shelter structures solution for bcr environmental 2

The structure was built to protect compost processes and simultaneously provide storage facilities. The cost effective and durable 133’ by 271’ structure was constructed using a galvanized MQ frame and was designed to resist winds exceeding 150 mph. The exterior fabric membrane will help provide durability, UV protection, and cost effectiveness.

For more about the project, click here.

Back to Recent Projects


Port-au-Prince Post Office Project

March 31st, 2016

The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 caused massive destruction throughout the land. Infrastructures needed to be restored, and most vital services were seriously disrupted, including postal distribution.

Shelter Structures created a functional semi-permanent building to be used as a post office. The structure had to be mobilized quickly in order to assume postal operations, but also strong enough to last for years in extreme tropical weather.

Thanks to the 60-ton crane, the two massive containers were unloaded from the truck. With no fork lift, the containers had to be unloaded by hand. Most of the equipment also had to be assembled without important tools, so the work was a bit more dangerous, and a lot more difficult.

With help from the Haitian crew, Shelter Structures was able to finish the job, and the new postal installation in Haiti resumed on May 11, 2010 – just four months after the earthquake.

For more information, you can watch this slideshow:


Back to Recent Projects


State of the Industry in 2016

March 31st, 2016

As the market for fabric buildings continues to grow and develop, Shelter Structures continues to grow as well. According to Specialty Fabric Review, the U.S./Canadian fabric structures market grew 3.5 percent in 2015, and is expected to grow another 4.5 percent in 2016. The market for these structures appears to be trending upwards.



Billions Being Spent on Ports – But ROI Will Be Even Higher

February 17th, 2016

Now, after a decade of work, the Panama Canal expansion is set to open in early 2016.  The far-reaching impact has touched numerous other countries, as Panama now offers a challenge for even the largest ports in the U.S. and Eastern Asia.  The Panama Canal expansion will create tremendous competition, and shipping channels that can accommodate the larger vessels will receive huge benefits from increased shipping and trade.



BCR Fellsmere Project

January 28th, 2016

Customer: NuTerra

Building Series: MQ

Application: Organic Compost Processing

The Need

Indian River County needed to convert organic waste streams into safe, valuable, and marketable end products. Using a Shelter Structures custom designed building, NuTerra enclosed the compost receiving, mixing, and processing areas within one structure.