Why Choose a Fabric Structure?

From commercial industries like construction and aviation, to industrial mining and arctic exploration, fabric structures offer some significant advantages over brick-and-mortar buildings. In addition to providing long-lasting shelter and space for operations or storage, a fabric building is preferred over traditional structures due to the reduced costs and increased efficiency and portability of these versatile structures.

When comparing a fabric building to traditional structures, industrial and commercial operations can appreciate the following advantages of tension fabric structures:

  • Portability

  • Versatility

  • Maximum Useable Space

  • Reduced Construction Time

  • Energy Efficiency

  • Durable & Corrosion-Resistant

PORTABLE BUILDING DESIGN

Fabric buildings from Advanced Custom Engineered Structures employ a proprietary architectural membrane that is tensioned over high-strength galvanized steel or lightweight aluminum frame system. Depending on the application, the fabric structure may have a concrete foundation, or the building may be secured via other methods in cases where the duration of the project makes a full concrete foundation unnecessary. The materials and prefabricated nature of these engineered fabric buildings make them incredibly transportable and easy to relocate.

Fabric structures are far more portable than brick-and-mortar buildings, and easy to relocate and transport from site to site. The foundation requirements are minimal with fabric buildings. These structures can be quickly and easily installed on virtually any level surface, including precast or cast-in-place concrete, wood platforms, pilings, helicals, and more. Fabric buildings can even be installed on an existing permanent foundation, and then dismantled later for relocation.

FABRIC STRUCTURES DESIGNED FOR VERSATILITY

The wide variety of products and sizing options available with fabric buildings make them incredibly versatile and ideal for nearly any application. Not only are they engineered for decades of use in any climate -- even extreme environments and weather conditions such as high winds and heavy snow loads -- they are effective buildings for a variety of common and unique commercial and industrial uses. Advanced Custom Engineered Structures fabric buildings are ideal for storage and warehousingvehicle maintenance facilitiesmodular office buildingsmodular buildings for workforce housing and camp systemsarctic exploration and research facilities, and even movable airplane hangars.

We offer these structures in hundreds of sizes, styles, with add-on options for HVAC and other utility ports, environmental control and more. The common building customization's include specialized dimensions, an elevated or offset peak, and/or adjustments to roof pitch. Our building specialists will also help to create fabric buildings that are designed specifically for more creative applications and odd-sized lots. Our structures can be fitted with any combination of our product options, including door systems, additional insulation, lighting and electrical systems, and track-based rolling systems.

OUR STRUCTURES MAXIMIZE INTERIOR USEABLE SPACE

The design of our engineered fabric structures allows there to be no internal posts, pillars, columns, or beams. The high ceilings and unobstructed design of our fabric building’s interior maximizes usable space. There is plenty of clearance for storage of strangely shaped equipment or machinery such as a helicopter or crushing equipment, in addition to more stacking space if the building is used for warehousing. The absence of internal pillars or posts in a fabric building also creates the most floor space for operational use.

Most brick-and-mortar buildings require rigid support posts inside to support the heavier roofing materials. Pillars or columns, and sometimes additional beam supports are necessary to keep the roof from collapsing. Since fabric buildings are lightweight and made from materials that don’t require this kind of support, there is no need for internal posts or columns.

ENGINEERED FABRIC BUILDINGS OFFER REDUCED CONSTRUCTION TIMES

Conventional building construction projects generally require months or years to complete. Since there are far fewer materials involved with installing a tensioned fabric building, and because the structure is engineered for quick and easy setup, fabric buildings from Advanced Custom Engineered Structures require far less lead and construction time.

When your building takes days instead of weeks, months, or years to construct, your construction time and costs are drastically reduced. With fabric structures, there is the added advantage to get your operations running far sooner to capitalize on this efficiency. Advanced Custom Engineered Structures' building systems are designed to be ordered, manufactured, installed and fully operational in 60-90 days in some cases, depending on the size and scope of the structure.

INCREASE ENERGY EFFICIENCY WITH PREFABRICATED STRUCTURES

Prefabricated structures from Advanced Custom Engineered Structures are far more energy efficient than brick-and-mortar buildings. While traditional buildings can be difficult to heat or cool, fabric structures naturally stay approximately 10 degrees warmer than outside temperatures during cold times and nearly 20 degrees cooler than outside temps during the heat of summer -- and that is without HVAC! Additionally, we offer insulation and liner packages to increase the building’s energy efficiency even further.

The different materials used for fabric buildings are more environmentally sustainable than those used for construction of traditional buildings, and some can even earn LEED points. The PVC-based membranes used by Advanced Custom Engineered Structures, 

are engineered using a proprietary blend of materials, manufactured using the latest techniques, with strict quality control process to create the longest-lasting architectural membranes available. Considered to be low in toxic emissions, our membrane structures provide an additional environmental benefit over traditional structures. 

FABRIC BUILDINGS ENGINEERED FOR DURABILITY

Engineered fabric buildings offer greater strength to withstand heavy snow loads and high winds. The frame systems of fabric buildings from Advanced Custom Engineered Structures is either high-strength galvanized steel, or aircraft-grade aluminum for applications that require a more lightweight design. The galvanized steel and aluminum frames are treated to resist corrosion. Our fabric membranes are designed with longevity and durability in mind. They are UV stabilized for prolonged exposure to high solar loads, resist mold and mildew, will not rot, and exceed the fire safety requirements outlined in the California Code of Regulations for membrane structures.

Longevity and durability are key advantages of Advanced Custom Engineered Structures’  fabric buildings. Our building solutions are are independently tested and verified for proper design and construction, and have been proven in the field to withstand extreme weather and climate. Additionally, our fabric structures are designed to meet or exceed local and regional building codes for additional reliability as durable shelters and/or operational facilities.

When used for either temporary or permanent applications, engineered fabric buildings from Advanced Custom Engineered Structures will reliably withstand high winds, heavy snow loads, and other extreme climate conditions. Their durability can be relied upon for decades, whether they are installed permanently or relocated frequently.

Fabric structures offer a clear advantage over brick-and-mortar buildings, due to their increased durability, efficiency, cost-savings, versatility, and portability.

For more information or to order your Advanced Custom Engineered Structures fabric buildings today, call +1-888-223-1913, email info@ace-structures.com.

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