Big Top’s Clear Span Fabric Structures Are Versatile, Long Lasting & Energy Efficient

Clear Span Fabric Structures

Clear span fabric structures are half-round style buildings with wide entries and interiors. Big Top, a leading manufacturer of fabric shelters, has been customizing clear span buildings for commercial and industrial businesses since 1979. Our buildings are composed of NFPA701 flame-retardant, rip-resistant, PVC-vinyl fabric and industrial-grade, galvanized steel frames. They can also be engineered for heavy wind and snow loads. These components create a durable system that can be relied on for years and years.

Cost-Effective Solutions

In addition to being durable, Big Top’s clear span buildings are modular and don’t require a permanent concrete foundation, which are benefits that lend themselves to easy assembly, extension, and disassembly. In fact, our fabric structures can be anchored to nearly anything, including asphalt and stacks of shipping containers. They can also be constructed at a rate of 2,500 square feet per day, and they require fewer materials than permanent buildings. This all adds up to significant savings when expanding the square footage of your business space. Plus, with our turnkey installation service, our customers are don’t have to spend money on their own teams of laborers or an outside construction crew. Furthermore, our fabric shelters can be deemed as equipment with the IRS, which can lead to tax benefits.

The Numerous Advantages of a Big Top Fabric Structure

Big Top’s clear span truss arch buildings offer plenty of other benefits. For example, they are:


Our buildings do not have any internal support poles or guy wires, so they are spacious and easy to maneuver machinery around in. They can span up to 174 feet wide, 80 feet tall, and nearly any length.


We’ve worked with businesses across a wide range of industries. Our buildings have served as warehouses, equipment maintenance shelters, military hangars and sunshades, dry dock covers, and more. Our clear span fabric structures can be moved intact with a crane, and they can even be disassembled and shipped to a new location to meet the changing needs of your business.

Energy Efficient

Big Top offers translucent fabric covers that let natural light shine through. This can reduce or eliminate the need for artificial lighting, providing significant energy savings.


The fabric cover of our structures is formulated for outstanding thermal performance and repels 99.95% of harmful UV-A and UV-B radiation, keeping your staff, materials, and equipment well protected. The UV-reflective fabric also helps the building maintain a comfortable interior temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the temperature outside. Indeed, our shelters are naturally climate controlled so you can further save on costs by not having to run an HVAC system around the clock.

Custom Designs, Personal Service

Big Top is a company that is very much committed to customer satisfaction. As a custom manufacturer, we work closely with our customers to ensure their clear span truss arch buildings have all the features they need. We can even add optional features such as HVAC systems, flooring, doors, lightning protection and more.

Learn More About Our Fabric Structures

For more information about the clear span fabric structures that we custom manufacture, contact Big Top today. We are proud to be the building manufacturer of choice for many businesses across a wide range of industries, from environmental and marine to construction and military.

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