What Are the Four Functions of a Temporary Enclosure?

Here at Big Top Manufacturing, we work hard to show you just how durable and versatile our temporary enclosures can be. Our frames are made of tough galvanized steel as opposed to aluminum beams. Our fabric membrane is made of tear-resistant PVC vinyl and blocks 99.5 percent of UVA and UVB rays. The enclosures can be fully customized to suit your needs and transported from job site to job site. However, to truly show you just how beneficial they can be for any jobsite, we need to go back to basics and take a look at the four main functions of a temporary enclosure.

Storage: When, Where, and How

When we talk about something’s function, we refer to the purpose of its design. Needless to say, the primary function of a temporary enclosure is to store machinery, materials, and goods. Our temporary enclosures give you the space and environment to store what’s important and provide cover for your job site. What sets temporary enclosures apart, however, is that they can be lifted and moved to follow you from one job site to the next without having to rebuild the entire structure.

Protection and Peace of Mind

While many temporary construction enclosures are open-air, they can also be completely sealed with hydraulic powers or winch-mobilized doors. This means you can ensure the stored equipment is safe no matter where you are. As a bonus, you can completely control the interior of the climate. So, if your items are temperature sensitive or require certain humidity levels, the environment stays regulated to meet your specifications.

The Luxury of Convenience

Although it certainly feels like a luxury, convenience is more of a financial necessity when it comes to storage solutions. Having to wait for and transport goods when you could have them right at your fingertips saves money, plain and simple. The more time you spend waiting for materials, the longer the project takes, and the more you have to pay for labor costs. However, storing what you need at the job site will make a world of difference.

Safeguard Valuables From Inclement Weather

As mentioned, the tent fabric used in our structures is made of PVC-vinyl, which is tear-resistant and flame-retardant. On top of that, our engineers design all our enclosures to be able to handle various structural loads, including dead loads, live loads, and wind and snow loads. This means you can ensure your valuables and your job site are always safe and protected no matter where you’re located.

Fabric Covers for Pickleball

Pickleball seems to be everywhere these days. The current go to sport for all ages. However, like any other outdoor activity, the pickleball courts are exposed to natural elements that can cause damage and wear over time and interrupt you from decimating the other team with your premium pickleball skills. This is where fabric covers come into play. Fabric covers are a great investment for any pickleball court owner, as they provide numerous benefits that can help protect the court and improve gameplay. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using fabric covers for your pickleball court.

1. Protection from Weather Elements

One of the main benefits of using fabric covers for your pickleball court is that they provide protection from weather elements. The fabric covers are made of durable materials that are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow, and extreme heat. By using fabric covers, you can protect your court from water damage, UV rays, and other weather-related wear and tear.

2. Extended Life of the Court

Another advantage of using fabric covers is that they can extend the life of your pickleball court. Fabric covers can help prevent cracks and other types of damage that can occur over time due to exposure to weather elements. This can help reduce the need for expensive repairs or replacements, saving you money in the long run.

3. Improved Gameplay

Using fabric covers can also improve gameplay on your pickleball court. The covers can help keep the surface dry and free from debris, which can improve traction and reduce the risk of slips and falls. Additionally, fabric covers can help maintain a consistent surface temperature, which can enhance gameplay and reduce the risk of injuries caused by playing on a hot or cold surface.

4. Reduced Maintenance

Maintaining a pickleball court can be a time-consuming and expensive task. However, by using fabric covers, you can reduce the amount of maintenance required. Fabric covers can help keep debris, leaves, and other outdoor elements off the court, reducing the amount of time and effort required to clean it. Additionally, fabric covers can help prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which can also reduce maintenance needs.

5. Cost-Effective

While purchasing fabric covers may require an initial investment, they are ultimately a cost-effective solution for protecting your pickleball court. By reducing the need for expensive repairs and maintenance, fabric covers can help save you money in the long run. Additionally, fabric covers are easy to install and remove, making them a convenient and practical solution for pickleball court owners.

6. Customizable

Fabric covers for pickleball courts come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. This allows you to customize your cover to fit your specific needs and preferences. You can choose a cover that matches the color of your court or select a cover with a design or logo that represents your team or club.

7. Versatile

In addition to being used on pickleball courts, fabric covers can also be used on other types of outdoor sports surfaces such as tennis courts and basketball courts. This makes them a versatile solution for protecting and improving gameplay on a variety of outdoor surfaces.

8. Easy to Store

Fabric covers are easy to store when not in use. Most covers come with a storage bag that can be used to keep the cover clean and protected when not in use. This makes it easy to store the cover during the off-season or when not in use for extended periods of time. With Big Top structures holding a 15+ year life span you don’t even need to take them down! 

9. Eco-Friendly

Using fabric covers is an eco-friendly solution for protecting your pickleball court. Fabric covers are made from sustainable materials that can be reused and recycled. Additionally, by reducing the need for repairs and maintenance, fabric covers can help reduce the amount of waste generated by the sport.


Using fabric covers for your pickleball court is a wise investment that can provide numerous benefits. Fabric covers can protect your court from weather elements, extend its life, improve gameplay, reduce maintenance needs, and save you money in the long run. Additionally, fabric covers are customizable, versatile, easy to store, and eco-friendly.

Fabric Building Pickleball Courts: The Ultimate Solution for Sports Enthusiasts

As sports enthusiasts, we all know how crucial it is to have a well-designed and well-constructed court to play on. And with the rise of Pickleball, it’s become even more important to have a court that is not only functional but also visually appealing. This is where Fabric Building Pickleball Court comes in.

What is a Fabric Building Pickleball Court?

A Fabric Building Pickleball Court is a type of court that is made from a combination of steel and fabric. This type of court is incredibly durable and can withstand even the harshest weather conditions. The fabric used by our team here at Big Top Shelters is made from PVC and is designed to be fire-resistant, waterproof, and resistant to mold and mildew.

Why Choose a Fabric Building Pickleball Court?

There are several reasons why a Fabric Building Pickleball Court is the ultimate solution for sports enthusiasts. Firstly, it offers superior protection against the elements. The PVC fabric is designed to be waterproof and resistant to mold and mildew, which means that the court will last for many years without showing any signs of wear and tear.

Secondly, Fabric Building Pickleball Courts are incredibly easy to install. The steel frame can be assembled quickly, and the PVC fabric is simply stretched over the top. This means that you can have a high-quality court in no time at all.

Lastly, Fabric Building Pickleball Courts are incredibly versatile. They can be customized to suit your specific needs and requirements. Whether you need a court for competitive play or just for recreational use, a Fabric Building Pickleball Court can be tailored to meet your needs.


Benefits of Fabric Building Pickleball Court

  1. Weather-Resistant: The fabric used to create a Fabric Building Pickleball Court is designed to be weather-resistant. This means that it can withstand even the harshest weather conditions.
  2. Low Maintenance: Unlike other types of courts, Fabric Building Pickleball Courts are incredibly low maintenance. The PVC fabric is easy to clean and requires very little upkeep.
  3. Customizable: Fabric Building Pickleball Courts can be customized to suit your specific needs and requirements. Whether you need a court for competitive play or just for recreational use, a Fabric Building Pickleball Court can be tailored to meet your needs.
  4. Durable: Fabric Building Pickleball Courts are incredibly durable and can last for many years without showing any signs of wear and tear.
  5. Cost-Effective: Fabric Building Pickleball Courts are a cost-effective solution compared to other types of courts. They are easy to install and require very little upkeep, which means that they are a cost-effective option for sports enthusiasts.

In conclusion, Big Top’s Fabric Building Pickleball Courts are the ultimate solution for sports enthusiasts who are looking for a high-quality court that is not only functional but also visually appealing. With its weather-resistant, low-maintenance, customizable, durable, and cost-effective features, it’s easy to see why Big top Shelter’s Fabric Building Pickleball Courts are becoming increasingly popular among sports enthusiasts.

NBA Academy Africa - Big Top Fabric StructuresWhen NBA Academy Africa, in partnership with the SEED Project, needed a sports facility to train young players and find the next professional basketball superstar, they knew to turn to Big Top Fabric Structures. We designed and built a first-class sports facility – the first of its kind in Africa – where young athletes receive high-quality education and NBA-level training to become the next generation of leaders.

The SEED Project – Developing Young African Leaders Through Sports & Education

The SEED Project (Sports for Education and Economic Development) is a non-profit organization based in Senegal that uses basketball as a way to teach young Africans valuable life and vocational skills to prepare for a successful future, and the results have been stunning – 92 percent of SEED students secure a job or matriculate to university upon graduating from the program. Perhaps its most well-known success story is that of Gorgui Dieng, a Senegalese athlete who went on to secure a multi-million dollar contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

How We Custom-Designed a State-of-the-Art Sports Facility

When Big Top was first approached about this project, we were beyond excited to step up to the challenge of designing not just an enclosed basketball court, but an entire training facility. The versatile nature of our fabric structures allowed us to meet this challenge. For instance, we included the following in the design:

  • Repurposed shipping containers – By anchoring the building to shipping containers, we were able to provide an economical alternative to pouring a concrete foundation. The shipping containers were then repurposed into locker rooms, bathrooms, a weight room, educational centers, conference rooms, and dormitories, saving on costs that would have been needed to build out each of these rooms separately.
  • Ventilation package – Thanks to the thermal-reflective nature of our buildings, the interior of the facility maintains a comfortable temperature that is on average 15 degrees cooler than the hot Senegalese climate outside. For added climate control, we included exhaust fans and motorized louvre vents in the design, ensuring a cool training environment free of expensive HVAC systems.
  • Translucent roof – The fabric roof of NBA Academy Africa’s training facility floods the interior with natural light, eliminating the need for artificial lighting and the energy expenses that come with it.

A Bright Future for Africa’s Youth

SEED Project - Big Top Fabric StructuresAt Big Top, we couldn’t be more proud of our involvement with this project. The state-of-the-art sports training and educational facility that we designed and built for NBA Academy Africa and the SEED Project will be a haven for Africa’s youths for years to come, providing a place for students to further their education, athleticism, and life skills to better their future. As Amadou Gallo Fall, vice president of NBA Africa, said, “This facility will provide aspiring players from across the continent with state-of-the-art courts and training equipment, under the tutelage of our NBA coaches and our world-class academic staff.”

If you’d like to learn more about our custom fabric structures, contact Big Top today. We have had numerous success stories just like this since our founding in 1979.

Fabric Shelter Golf CourseSometimes when new golf courses are built, the clubhouse is the last piece of infrastructure to be constructed. This was the case for a golf management company in South Florida that needed a shelter to protect their equipment. When left out in the elements for long periods of time, the rubber, plastics, and electronics of golf carts can deteriorate under the hot sun. As a solution, this golf company made the right choice by turning to Big Top.

Our consultants visited the site of the new golf course and met with executives to precisely measure the area where they needed a shelter to house their golf carts. From there, we were able to customize a fabric structure to meet their needs. The final shelter measured 40’ x 80’, with a height of 16’. We included a 14’ x 14’ access door for easy entry and exit of golf carts, and a personnel door on each end panel for staff members.

Not only is their new tension structure large enough to accommodate their entire fleet of golf carts, but it also provides ample protection from the sun thanks to the fabric roof, which blocks 99.95 percent of harmful UV-A and UV-V radiation, prolonging the lifespan of the golf carts and minimizing any necessary maintenance.

When this South Florida golf course needed a shelter solution, Big Top stepped up. We’re confident that we can do the same for you. If you need a protective fabric structure, contact us today and we’ll be glad to discuss how we can build one to meet your needs.

West High School Gym was Destroyed

In 2013, an explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas. At least fifteen people were lost, more than 160 were injured, and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed. One of the casualties of the explosion was the gymnasium at West High School. FEMA and the West Independent District School Board employed Huckabee Architects on August 8, 2013 to find a way to have a new gymnasium functional before the start of the school year on August 27, 2013.

Big Top Responds Quickly

Thankfully, Huckabee found Big Top. Ramping up production, Big Top built an 80’ x 100’ fully insulated and lit structure that was 36’ tall in just 2 weeks. The project was finalized 3 days prior to its due date and West High school had an operational gym ready for the school year.

FedExField Is All About The Fans

FedExField, home to the Washington Redskins traditionally used A-frame lightweight structures for their extensive exterior hospitality services. After only a few years of wear, it became readily apparent that the structures were not durable enough to withstand either the wind or snow loads during the winter months in Maryland. The VIP areas needed cover suited to their patrons.

Big Top Plays Ball

They contacted Big Top and started with two custom colored structures – one stretching 120’ and the other 180’. They now have a total of nine VIP structures dotting the exterior landscape of FedExField. The Big Top fabric structures are kept up year-round and have exceeded expectations. Their VIP’s dine and socialize in the befitting covered indoor/outdoor areas.



The Lancaster Jethawks are the Class A minor league affiliate for Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros. Part of the excitement of attending a Jethawks game is the wide array of events that take place in and around the stadium. Festivals, parties and other activities are regular occurrences. However, without a suitable venue that would hold up in adverse weather conditions, future events and festivities were in serious jeopardy. The Jethawks needed an industrial strength structure that was also aesthetically pleasing. With the new season rapidly approaching, it was a race against the clock.


The Jethawks made the right call by investing in a Big Top fabric structure. It was erected in plenty of time for the season opener, and exceeded all of their needs and expectations. They no longer had to worry about adverse weather conditions affecting events, and with so many custom lighting as well as heating and cooling options, they were prepared for any sort of event, any time of year.
Now the Jethawks are back to not only winning baseball games, but entertaining thousands of people each year in the safety and security of a great-looking Big Top fabric structure.