S&B Modular Operations is a long-established module fabrication company serving the oil and gas, petrochemical, and chemical industries. As a reliable source of quality modular products, including pipe racks and metering skids, which are delivered fully assembled to their clients all over the country, S&B Modular Operations has enjoyed outstanding success. And with success comes expansion.
The company’s base of operations sits on 52 acres of land in Texas, but not all of that land is developed. Rather than make a heavy investment in building a new permanent facility, S&B Modular Operations reached out to Big Top for a solution. We were able to design a structure that meets their expansion goals, and we were able to build it in a fraction of the time that a permanent building would have taken.
Maximizing Available Space
Two key benefits of a Big Top fabric structure are that it can be built to nearly any size and anchored to nearly any type of foundation. These benefits came into play when designing the new module assembly bay for S&B Modular Operations. We created a structure that is 85 feet wide, 280 feet long, and 38 feet tall by installing a fabric structure on shipping containers that were stacked three high and seven rows long. Thus, we were able to expand the client’s usable space by 24,000 square feet. And, because there are no internal columns or guy wires, the entire interior can be used for production.
The new facility is large enough to accommodate cranes, a 100-ton mobile gantry, drive-through access for loading and unloading materials, and full-size pipe, skid, module, and pipe-rack fabrications. The shipping containers provide an additional 4,480 square feet of usable space for offices, tool rooms, storage for materials and parts, and training rooms.
Protection from the Elements
Open-air production is dependent on the weather — a sudden afternoon storm can swiftly halt operations. But this is no longer a worry for S&B Modular Operations. The new covered shelter offers superior protection from wind and rain. And, thanks to the UV-reflective fabric roof, the company’s staff, modules, and equipment are safely sheltered from damaging radiation caused by sun exposure. As a result, rain-outs are a thing of the past and employees remain comfortable throughout the workday.
As a matter of fact, the fabric roofs in Big Top structures repel up to 99.95 percent of harmful UV-A and UV-B radiation, with a UPF rating of 2,000 and a conventional rating of 50-plus. This helps to maintain a comfortable interior temperature that is an average of 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the outside temperature, without the need for an HVAC system.
A Naturally Illuminated Facility
Another key benefit of the fabric roof is that it is translucent. The entire production area under the cover of S&B Modular Operations’ new facility is fully illuminated by natural sunlight filtering through the translucent roof. This will help the company save on energy costs month after month, a return on investment they will enjoy almost immediately.
To learn more about how the features and benefits of a Big Top covered shelter can work for your business needs, contact us today and we’ll be happy to provide more information.