Fabric Shelter Frame

Big Top’s Fabric Structure Setup

When people see one of Big Top Manufacturing’s fabric buildings, they often wonder how such a structure is installed. In fact, one of the biggest advantages of our shelters is the fact that they are surprisingly simple to put into place. There are only a few steps involved, and in many situations, they can be erected using unskilled labor – no specialized training is necessary.

We do, however, provide onsite support and service. If your application is complex, extremely large in scale or you simply prefer the security that comes with knowing an expert set up your structure, we’re happy to provide installation services. However, the basic steps to install a tension fabric structure include:

  • Preparing the foundation and ensuring it’s as level as possible
  • Erecting the tubular steel trusses
  • Overlaying the vinyl across the steel frame
  • Tightening the vinyl
  • Securing and anchoring the vinyl to the foundation

After these steps, your fabric building will be ready for use. Many structures will have additional accessories or specialized requirements. We take these into consideration when designing your application to ensure installation is as easy as possible, and we also have experts on staff who provide installation support to guarantee proper setup.

An animation of our installation at Chicago’s Millennium Park for the Kapoor Art Exhibit Construction Shelter.

While Big Top’s fabric structures require little foundation to establish secure footing, we offer specialized anchoring equipment and services to guarantee the building is firmly rooted for your ultimate safety.

Our products are of very high quality and we do our best to make sure they are user friendly, easy to install and 100% backed by our customer support team. Regardless of the scope or size of your project, we invite you to give us a call to discuss your design and fabric structure installation needs.