Why Fabric Structures Are Used as Military Shelter Systems
Since 1979, Big Top has had the honor of providing the U.S. military with custom-made fabric military shelter systems. The versatility of our structures makes them the ideal option for military use on bases across the globe. For instance, our fabric shelters can be:
- Deployed to nearly anywhere in the world
- Assembled quickly
- Anchored to nearly any foundation, including gravel and asphalt
- Disassembled and relocated as needed
Because our military shelter systems are temporary, they won’t take up the square footage of your base, and they can be relocated if needed while ensuring mission readiness. Furthermore, there are no internal columns or guy wires taking up space, so you will be able to use all of the interior for your operations.
Protection From the Elements
The fabric roof in our shelters is formulated to repel 99.95 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation, ensuring ample sun protection for your troops and maximizing the lifespan of your equipment. This also helps the building naturally maintain a comfortable interior temperature that is on average 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the temperature outside.
The rip-resistant roof is secured to an industrial-strength, galvanized steel frame that is strong enough to withstand even the most inclement weather. Big Top can also add engineering for heavy winds and snow loads, and we can include lightning protection in the design, which will allow your shelter to be used as a muster station.
How the Military Uses Our Fabric Structures
Big Top’s military shelter systems can be customized in nearly any way to meet the needs of your operations. For instance, we can include HVAC systems, personnel and bay doors, flooring that is strong enough to support heavy equipment, insulation, and more. The U.S. military often uses our fabric structures as:
- Large area maintenance shelters (LAMS)
- Sunshades and hangars for aircraft
- Barracks and mess halls
- Vehicle inspection shelters and guard shacks
- Storage facilities
- And more
Cost Savings Compared to Permanent Buildings
Our military shelter systems cost less to build and require fewer materials than permanent buildings. And, the translucent fabric roof allows plenty of natural sunlight to illuminate the interior, minimizing the need for artificial lighting and thereby reducing your energy usage and costs.
Approved by the USACE
Big Top is approved by the USACE as being compliant with U.S. Air Force Sunshade Management (AFSM), Air Force Instruction (AFI), and IBC. Furthermore, all of our structures are compliant with the Berry Amendment.
The knowledgeable staff at Big Top can provide support for installation, troubleshooting, expansion, repair, and relocation of your shelter. We’re also happy to recommend design options to meet the needs of your operations. For more information about our military shelter systems, contact us today.