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Go Green with ClearSpan!

Compost BuildingThe “Go Green” movement has gained a lot of steam in the last couple of years throughout the world. Here in the U.S, within the business sector, we have witnessed increasing environmental regulations and restrictions on zoning and building codes. Companies are now becoming mindful to make their buildings environmentally friendly, while also meeting all required ordinances. Most business owners have to consider the environmental impact and sustainability of the buildings in which they store their goods within. Read more

ClearSpan Case Study – Shawnee County Public Works

54 x 100 Topeka, KansasChallenge – Greater salt storage capacity

Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building

Size – 54′ wide x 100′ long

Application – Salt storage

With the tough winter across the US extra salt was needed to keep the roads safe, and due to this need Shawnee County, a county surrounding Topeka, Kansas, required a larger building for the county’s road salt storage. After researching several fabric tension storage buildings, Tom Flanagan, Deputy Director of Public Works Shawnee County, determined an engineered ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Building was the right solution for his Public Works Department. Read more

Spring Cleaning: Barn Edition, my tips on getting your barn and horses ready for summer

Horse Grooming for SpringIt’s finally spring!  The warm weather is here and for every horse person that means horse shows, baths and spring cleaning!  Here are some quick tips for getting your barn and horses in tip top shape for the summer. Read more

Off to the Races: Customer Spotlight on Gulfstream Park

83 x 600 at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale, FLSince opening in 1939, Gulfstream Park, which is owned by the Stronach Group, has served as one of the most important venues for thoroughbred racing in the US. Among other world-renowned races, Gulfstream hosts The Florida Derby, The Donn Handicap, Sunshine Millions Series and The Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. In the summer of 2013 Gulfstream Park received over 4,000 stall applications for its upcoming Winter Racing Season. With about 2,000 existing stalls on its property, Gulfstream called on ClearSpan to manufacture and install 100,000 square feet of additional thoroughbred stall space. Read more

Customer Spotlight: Saving the environment one bottle at a time

Glass Recycle CenterWithout a curbside glass recycling program, the residents of Kansas City, MO were throwing away 150 million pounds of glass a year. Only 5% of its glass was being recycled (well under the US average of 30%) because Kansas City lacked a local glass processor. The owner and founder of a Kansas City based brewery knew that this yearly waste included an estimated 10 million empty bottles from his brewery. With the support of local companies and organizations, he started up a recycling center that processes glass to sell as furnace-ready cullet to a local customer to be turned into fiberglass. Read more

Enjoy Some Peace and Quiet with ClearSpan

Whisper Quiet FabricOur ClearSpan Fabric Structures offer a number of benefits that simply cannot be found in traditional structures. Offering maximum usable space, abundant natural lighting, a warmer climate during winter and cooler climate during summer, the ability to easily disassemble and move these structures if needed and the low cost per square foot, our fabric buildings have become increasingly popular within a number of industries. Of all the added benefits of our structures, perhaps one of the less commonly noted benefits is the whisper quiet fabric covering, which is beneficial for livestock and people alike. From manufacturing buildings to indoor riding arenas, the whisper-quiet fabric creates a peaceful and stress-free environment. Read more

Famous Building Fun Facts

Eiffel TowerBy now, were sure that our dedicated blog followers know all the hard hitting facts about our Hercules Truss Arch Buildings. For example, if we asked what our trusses are made of, we know you would instantly respond with American-made, triple-galvanized steel, and bonus points if you add on the 50-year frame warranty. While we could easily talk about our structures until the cows come home, we wanted to mix things up this week and share with you some interesting facts about famous structures from around the world.   Read more

New Equestrian Sports

Equestrian SportsWithin the past few years the equestrian community has seen several new riding disciplines emerge. There are many styles and types of riding seen across the globe, from trail horses that spend most of their days herding cattle across the land, to hunter jumpers that spend hours in the ring. Some of the more traditional riding styles are: dressage, show jumping, reigning, western pleasure, driving and vaulting. Of course there are countless more, but the two newest disciplines that I find interesting are western dressage and mounted shooting. Every day I talk to a broad spectrum of equine customers, some ride dressage, others vault and several barrel race. Over the past two years I have encountered more and more customers who ride western dressage and participate in mounted shooting events. I thought it may be interesting to go into a little more detail about these two riding styles.  Read more

Preventing Barn Pests

Mouse in the barnSpring time is near, and that means that unwanted barn dwellers will soon come out of hiding and become active once again. Pests are not only unsightly, but can also be hazardous to your health and the health of your livestock. Whether your pest problem is large or small, quickly identifying and addressing any sort of issue is the proper thing to do. Read more

Customer Spotlight: Raising Cattle with ClearSpan

Gleason Cattle CompanyKatrina and Chad Gleason, owners of Gleason Cattle Company, know all too well the unpredictability of the weather in Wisconsin. From cold, windy winters and hot summers, the Gleasons needed protection from these elements to house their beef calves. Raising about 300 calves per year, the Gleasons needed a solution that would provide them with enough space and adequate shelter that would sustain over the varied weather patterns of their state. They found this solution in a ClearSpan Fabric Structure. Read more