Over the past two decades, tensile fabric building structures have become increasingly popular among architects, designers, and businesses alike due to their beauty, flexibility, strength, and cost-effectiveness. More than that, though, there are many reasons why tension fabric buildings are the wave of the future in terms of sustainable construction methods and green design strategies that will make a positive impact on the planet and people’s lives for years to come. Here are just a few examples…

Green construction trends fabric buildings

In recent years, green construction has become a major focus for eco-conscious building owners. As a result, alternative forms of construction that can minimize environmental impact have gained popularity in both private and commercial settings. One such trend is architectural fabric structures, which combine green components with innovative design to create structures that maintain energy efficiency while reducing waste and environmental damage during manufacturing and installation. Because they are made from lightweight, biodegradable materials, textile buildings can be transported to locations that lack infrastructure without causing excessive stress on roadways or nearby ecosystems. They also eliminate some of the waste created by traditional construction materials because metal poles or beams are not necessary in fabrication.

Cost savings from prefabrication

Portable Fabric Buildings, Structures

Since fabric buildings can be constructed quickly with minimal labor, they can save you a considerable amount of money on labor costs. Plus, since fabric buildings utilize both prefabricated and on-site components, they tend to have quicker turnaround times and shorter project schedules than other building methods. This not only saves you money—it also helps ensure that your projects stay on schedule and on budget!

The environmental benefits of fabric buildings

Building a fabric structure is better for Mother Earth. Because fabric buildings have no foundation, you can place them anywhere: on a flat surface, on ground that’s too rocky to support traditional structures, or even underwater! It doesn’t matter if it rains or snows—even if your surroundings change over time (like if a lake expands). There’s no risk of land erosion, damage from flooding or cracking. In fact, studies show that these types of big top structures actually improve land around them by creating an environment that encourages plant growth. As long as you make sure your structure is attached to a solid beam and secure enough so winds won’t destroy it during storms, it should be able to last for a very long time! In fact some fabric structurers erected in WWII still stand today.

Low labor costs

Similar to stick-built construction, tension fabric buildings are easy to assemble. They do not require expensive scaffolding or hoisting services that many steel and concrete structures rely on. Everything is can be done with simple hand tools. Due to their simplicity, fabric membrane structures can be erected much more quickly than other types of building methods. While it takes an experienced crew around a week to erect a steel structure and around six weeks for something made from concrete, tension fabric buildings can take less than a week (size and assembly team depending). Most parts are pre-assembled and manufactured in our warehouse, maximizing productivity and speeding up assembly time, improving cost-effectiveness even further while reducing risk factors associated with weather delays.

Flexibility to build on tough sites

Because you can install a tension fabric building without a crane (if you’d like), it’s ideal for spaces that wouldn’t otherwise be suitable for construction. These structures can be installed on difficult and awkwardly shaped terrain—and they can even be built over existing buildings. There’s no need to tear anything down or waste time doing construction work in tight areas; instead, you get to create something new and flexible.

Innovation in design and technology with fabric buildings

Fabric buildings continue to expand their place in commercial and industrial applications, particularly as an alternative to traditional architectural designs. Thanks to advanced technology and lighter-weight, innovative materials that don’t sacrifice quality or strength, designers can build bigger and better structures faster than ever before. This means you’ll always be at least one step ahead when it comes to design preferences, budgeting and efficiency with a Big Top Manufacturing fabric building over our traditional counterparts.

Humidity Challenges the Recycling Process

With rows of biosolid waste covering acres and acres of paved land, open air composting, a common process, is a bit more challenging in the rainy summer months of southwest Florida. The aerobic process halts when the material gets wet thus causing an unforeseen delay. Synagro needed a solution for their Charlotte County Bio-Recycling Center.

Big Top Solution Works for Synagro

Synagro’s Charlotte County Bio-Recycling Center solution was to cover the process with two massive 162’ x 280’ Big Top structures towering at 64’ tall. Now the rows of compost can be turned five times a day and reach the required 131 degree temperature to turn the material into a sellable all-purpose Class AA composting product within a short 15 days. The solid waste typically mixed with wood waste and now diverted from the landfill and 100% recyclable. This all-weather solution allows Charlotte County to cost effectively produce 100,000 cubic yards of compost regardless of the season.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: When time is of the essence, Big Top Structures quickly provide safe, comfortable environments to shelter valuable equipment, vital production processes and personnel.


BIG TOP HELPS GLOBAL DESIGN FIRM PROTECT MAJOR WATER TREATMENT OPERATION

An ENR Top 500 Design Firm, our client is the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm providing design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services to their clients. The firm was selected to design and build a major water processing facility for biological nutrient removal, filtration, UV disinfection and bio-solids treatment to ensure the required effluent quality is maintained for an area with a substantial population. They needed a dependable, long-term solution to protect their client’s valuable equipment and water reclamation and purification processes from the elements, and they needed it quickly.

A PURELY BRILLIANT SOLUTION FROM BIG TOP

The firm made the right move by turning to Big Top. Big Top is accustomed to working with aggressive deadlines. We designed our custom manufacturing process to provide the highest quality structures to meet virtually any deadline. We were able to custom design a spacious, eco-friendly fabric structure that would cater to their specific necessities. It was large enough to contain their equipment, and strong enough to withstand the bitter cold and snow of winters in the Northeast. And if their needs change, the structure can be dismantled and put into storage, or can be relocated as a whole unit via a wheeled suspension system or crane.

With a wide range of custom heating, cooling and ventilation systems to keep the interior of the fabric shelter optimally controlled, their equipment could be protected and operate with maximum efficiency, and personnel now had a comfortable, spacious clear span working environment.

Big Top fabric structures have been tested and proven successful at withstanding even the harshest weather conditions. Wind gusts exceeding 100 miles per hour, heavy rains, as well as dense snow are not a problem.

Even with an aggressive time frame, Big Top enabled the firm to provide their client with an ideal environment for their biological nutrient removal, UV disinfection and bio-solids treatment; ensuring that the high level of quality is maintained at all times.

ECUA Interim Material Recycling Facility

ECUA Recycling Facility

 

Big Top Helps the ECUA & Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties Progress Toward a Greener Future

ECUA Recycling FacilityBig Top is committed to helping businesses maintain a healthy bottom line. We do so by providing cost-effective buildings that are customized to the needs of our customers. In one case, the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) found itself in need of a new facility so that it could continue its recycling program.

The ECUA called on Big Top to make its new facility. We made a 53,460-square-foot building that accommodates the complex floor plan required by the recycling equipment. Big Top manufactured and shipped the structure within three weeks and had it installed in less than 60 days. We also used translucent fabric to cover the building, so it does not rely on electricity and instead stays well-lit with sunlight throughout the day.

Prior to having its own recycling facility, the ECUA relied on third-party, privately owned processing centers to sort recycling. The first center was abruptly closed, which prompted the ECUA to move to a recycling facility in Loxley, Alabama. Soon thereafter, the center in Loxley tacked on a $12.50 per-ton fee, which made the option cost prohibitive. Now that the ECUA has a Big Top fabric structure, it saves $45.06 per ton of material. And, of course, its recycling program is up and running once again.

Since 1979, Big Top has been making fabric structures for organizations in various industrial and commercial sectors. For more information about our fabric buildings, contact us today.