Shipping Containers as Fabric Structure Foundation

Having been in the business for more than three decades, we’ve seen the budgeting and cost issues that erecting a quality fabric structure can create. At Big Top, we do our best to keep affordability and cost control at the forefront of our projects. While quality, safety and durability trump these, they’re still a large cornerstone of our design and manufacturing process.

For this reason, we provide clients, where applicable, the option to use lower cost, shipping containers as a foundation for their tension fabric structure.

We’ve installed shelters atop containers for multiple applications, and we find this offers an array of benefits to the client.

Cost Effectiveness

ISO containers are relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the costs of having a proper concrete foundation designed and constructed. While our fabric shelters don’t require this extensive footing, we still find that shipping containers provide an affordable foundation option.


Shipping containers can be arranged and moved around until they are able to support the size shelter your project demands. For this reason, they are one of the more versatile fabric structure foundation options.


If your application demands high clearance, building the foundation using shipping containers is a great option. They can be easily stacked and secured to quickly give varying levels of height to your tension fabric structure.


While securing the shelter to containers typically involves some welding, this type of foundation does offer you the convenience of mobility. Depending on the intended use for your shelter, we’ll explore the various methods available for securing it to your modular foundation.

If you’re looking for a way to cut costs without having to sacrifice quality or security, using shipping container foundations for your fabric structure is a viable option. We invite you to contact us with questions or to discuss the further benefits of this application.

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