What Is a Telescopic Fabric Structure?

What Is a Telescopic Fabric Structure?A fabric structure from a Big Top is a versatile alternative to a permanent building. One of the many ways our shelters are more versatile is that they can be designed for mobility. One of the several mobile functionalities available with our structures is telescopic maneuverability.

With a telescopic design, the fabric structure is installed onto rails, allowing it to be rolled open and closed as desired. The moveable section rolls over or under the immobile roof, much like segments of a telescope that extend out from and collapse in on each other.

Benefits of a Rolling Cover

Companies serving many different industries have benefited from our telescopic fabric structures. The design of these buildings makes large-scale assembly productions more convenient, as it allows materials to be lowered in and finished products lifted out by a crane. Once the materials have been moved, the roof can be rolled closed to shelter the staff and equipment inside the building.

Case Study: A State-of-the-Art Shipbuilding Facility for Huntington-Ingalls Industries

For a great example of a telescopic fabric structure from Big Top, check out the shipbuilding facility we designed for Huntington-Ingalls Industries, the No. 1 name in military shipbuilding. Under large-scale rolling covers, prefabricated sections are assembled. Then, the covers roll back to allow a crane to lift the finished section out so that it can be installed on the ship. Thanks to this state-of-the-art design, Huntington-Ingalls can now construct ships on a larger and faster scale.

Other Ways a Fabric Shelter Can Be Equipped for Mobility

In addition to a telescopic design, Big Top’s fabric structures can be mobile in other ways to meet the growing needs of your operations. For instance, if you need to move your shelter to somewhere else on your property, it can be lifted and relocated intact with a crane. Or, if your operations are moving to another location altogether, your fabric building can be disassembled, shipped, and reassembled at the new site.

Outstanding Protection for Your Staff, Materials & Equipment

At Big Top, we can design your fabric structure in nearly any manner to meet your specific needs. Outside of a mobile design, we can also include accessories such as HVAC systems, flooring, doors, insulation, and much more so that you can make the best use of the space. But no matter how your shelter is designed, you can count on superior protection from the elements thanks to the fabric roof, which will:

  • Repel up to 99.95% of harmful UV-A and UV-B radiation, keeping your employees safe and maximizing the lifespan of your materials and equipment
  • Maintain a comfortable interior temperature that is on average 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than the temperature outside
  • Resist rips, tears, and punctures for decades with proper maintenance

Furthermore, the fabric roof is NFPA701 flame retardant, and it is translucent, which will eliminate the need for artificial lighting and the energy costs that go with it.

To learn more about the benefits of a telescopic design or the many other ways a fabric structure can help improve your business operations, contact Big Top today.

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