Post Offices

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Fabric Building Solutions for Post Offices

The deficits experienced by the United States Postal Service (USPS) have caused the government agency to reduce expenses, but cutting services to do so isn’t ideal. In some instances, satellite post offices have been closed or consolidated, and warehouses have become regionalized instead of localized. However, instead of closing warehouses, some jurisdictions have chosen to use alternative fabric structures that are less expensive than traditional buildings to construct and maintain. Big Top Manufacturing is happy to provide the USPS and private postal services with affordable fabric building solutions that offer all of the necessary features for post office warehousing.

Fabric Shelters for Post Office Warehousing

Although email and other forms of electronic communication have led to a decline in postal mail, many businesses rely on direct marketing through bulk mail services. This vast amount of mail that the USPS is charged with delivering must be stored somewhere before it goes out on trucks, ships and airplanes to locations across the country and around the world.

Post offices in large urban centers require warehouses of 8,000 square feet or more just to store bulk mail that is scheduled for outgoing delivery, and warehouses just as large are often required for bulk mail that is being received from distant post offices for local delivery. Warehouses of this size are very expensive to construct and maintain, but tensioned fabric shelters from Big Top Manufacturing can meet the warehousing needs of the USPS for a fraction of the cost. 

About Fabric Structures from Big Top Shelters

Big Top shelters are prefabricated in sizes of up to 166 feet wide by 72.6 feet high with unlimited length. Custom sizes and configurations are also available, but a typical post office warehouse is around 40 feet wide by 17 feet high by 200 feet long.

Fabric structures from Big Top use a frame made of hot-dipped, galvanized steel covered by a fabric that integrates weather-resistant PVC. These buildings can be constructed quickly onsite and are easily disassembled for storage or relocation. The frame is guaranteed for life, and the replaceable fabric can last for up to 20 years.

Once a warehouse of this sort is erected, it provides several benefits, including all of the following:

  • Protects against heat, cold, rain and snow
  • Withstands winds of up to 120 mph
  • Translucent fabric reduces the need for electrical lighting
  • Does not rust
  • Compatible with ventilation and climate-control systems
  • Optional bay doors accommodate large delivery vehicles

If you find yourself facing warehousing or storage challenges at your post office, give us a call to discuss the most affordable and custom solutions.