Portable Fabric Structures for the Mining Industry

a fabric structure installed onsite for mining operationsWhen mining and mineral companies set up field operations, they need versatile shelter solutions to build out the infrastructure—temporary buildings that are built strong and can be moved when needed. Big Top has been supporting mining companies for decades with our portable fabric structures. Here’s why our solutions are a popular choice in the industry:

Versatile Installations

A Big Top fabric structure does not require a concrete pad as a foundation and can be anchored to nearly anything, even dirt. Our buildings can be deployed exactly where they are most needed on the jobsite to help optimize mining operations, and they can be installed quickly, at a rate of 2,500 square feet per day.

Engineered for Strength

Supported by a galvanized, industrial-grade steel frame, our fabric mining structures can hold strong for decades with little maintenance required. If field operations are located in areas with intense weather patterns, we can engineer our temporary buildings for heavy wind and snow loads in accordance with International Building Code.


Mining operations change over the years, necessitating the need for relocating infrastructure. Big Top’s fabric structures are long-term solutions that can be moved around the current footprint intact with a crane and disassembled and shipped to the next jobsite.

Naturally Illuminated

The fabric cover of a Big Top building is translucent and allows sunlight to fully illuminate the interior, eliminating the need for an electric lighting system and related energy costs.

Thermally Protective

Another great benefit of the fabric cover is its impressive thermal performance. It is formulated to repel 99.95% of harmful UV-A and UV-B radiation for a UPF rating of 2,000 and conventional rating of 50 plus. This means employees, materials, and equipment are well protected from exposure to the sun under the cover of a Big Top fabric structure.

Comfortable Interiors

Thanks to the outstanding thermal performance of the fabric cover, our shelters naturally maintain a pleasant interior temperature that is, on average, 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the temperature outside. Mining professionals working inside our fabric shelters are comfortable throughout the day, without relying on artificial climate control driving up operating costs.

Fully Customizable

Big Top can design a fabric structure to meet nearly any application for the mining industry. Sizes can range from 20 to 174 feet wide and almost any length. Plus, there are numerous high-quality accessories that we can include in the design, such as fans and ventilation, flooring, personnel and bay doors, interior partitions, and even lightning protection to keep employees extra safe during inclement weather. Mining companies use our fabric structures for:

  • Exploration
  • Mineral processing
  • Safety meeting facilities
  • Materials and equipment storage
  • Warehouses
  • Lunch rooms

Excellent Service From an Experienced Team

Since 1979, Big Top has been delivering exceptional fabric structure solutions to mining companies across the country. To learn more about the advantages of our temporary buildings and to inquire about our turnkey installation service, contact us today.

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