Our blog has moved

We’ve moved our blog to a more convenient location. As of October 21, 2016, we will no longer be actively posting here on our WordPress account. Instead, the blog will now be residing directly on our website
ClearSpan.com. This will allow us to share our articles with a larger audience, and you will now be able to find the most updated blog content, learn more information about our products and services and quickly shop for products all in one location.

Thank you for supporting us on our WordPress blog over the years. We look forward to you keeping up with us in our new location. You can easily access our new blog anytime by visiting ClearSpan.com.

Obsessing over Abscesses


For horses, an abscess is a buildup of puss usually occurring under the surface, much like a boil. Most commonly found in horses’ feet, an abscess is a sore spot that causes discomfort, often resulting in sudden lameness. While pain levels and frequency vary from horse to horse, abscesses are commonly found in three places in the hoof: the frog, heel or toe. Since this is common among most horses, we are going to take look at how to diagnose, treat and prevent abscesses. Continue reading

Customer Spotlight: Cape Henry Racquet Club

CS Cape Henry 02Challenge – Inclement weather conditions
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 120’ wide x 106’ long
Application – Indoor tennis facility

Cape Henry Racquet Club was founded in 1974 and is located only two miles from the scenic Virginia Beach Boardwalk. In 2009, local tennis instructor Darryl Cummings bought the club with expansion in mind. Cummings, a former college tennis player and coach, wanted to turn the club into a state-of-the-art facility that would be able to hold regional tournaments and local lessons year-round. Continue reading

Colic 101: Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

colic-3Colic is a very common and well known ailment that most horses will experience at least once in their life. Colic is comparable to a typical stomach ache, however in severe cases it can lead to the twisting of intestines or a blockage in the intestines. Horses are not the only ones susceptible to colic, humans and dogs may even experience it as well. However, it is more common among mammals that do not have the ability to vomit, such as rabbits and horses. Because a horse’s anatomy prevents them from vomiting, their stomachs find other ways to alert the body that something is not agreeing. While there are many causes of colic, summer is widely known as colic season for a reason. As we enter into the warmer temperatures, it’s important to know the basics of colic, how to detect it, treat it and prevent it. Continue reading

Clean Water Act/EPA


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently started to increase their crackdown on Clean Water Act (CWA) violations. Since the Clean Water Act was enacted in 1972, this law has had the greatest effect on municipalities (salt/sand storage), industrial facilities (mining/oil/gas) and composting operations. Most business owners in these sectors have had to invest in storage facilities and environmentally conscious products in order to follow the bylaws of the CWA. To understand what structural solutions business owners should be using for hazardous material storage, we first need to understand what the CWA entails. Continue reading

Customer Spotlight: Red Hook Terminals

IMG_2652Challenge – Lack of covered work space for personnel and cargo
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 70′ wide x 120′ long
Application – Processing facility for marine cargo

Red Hook Terminals specializes in processing cargo to be loaded onto large trans-Atlantic ships. Head of Port and Terminal Development Joe Abbate mentioned that with the terminals location near the Gulf of Mexico, weather has always been a concern for Red Hook. “In most of our company’s locations we don’t have shelter for the employees to work within, so we often have to shut down operation during inclement weather, which costs us considerable money and resources.” Continue reading

A Step in the Right Direction

FullSizeRender(1)When it comes to horse arena footing, there is no shortage of options available. However, using the wrong footing can lead to health issues for both the rider and horse, so it is important to make an educated decision. Quality of the footing is one of the most important factors, and here the saying “you get what you pay for” could not be more true. To gain a better understanding of the various footing options available, riders must learn what options are available and what their benefits are. The following is a list of the most popular options along with some of their benefits and factors to consider when choosing the right footing for you. Continue reading

With Collegiate Athletic Departments Losing Money, ClearSpan Provides a Structural Solution

65 R Bozeman MT D-trackOne of the fastest growing markets in North America is the sporting industry. According to Forbes, the sports market in North America was worth $60.5 billion in 2014. It is expected to reach $73.5 billion by 2019. With TV rights reaching record highs, collegiate athletic departments are looking for a competitive advantage. Continue reading

Discover the ClearSpan Advantage

Volga, SD close upWorking with ClearSpan is an obvious choice for just about any building project. With years of building experience within the agricultural, industrial and municipal sectors, as well as many other industries, ClearSpan creates tailored buildings that function exactly how customers need them to. Continue reading

Safety First – Practical tips for safe training and riding

d9b8fbd0ffef7db37f120b1795ce8f32Even when you are prepared, accidents can happen. Fortunately, most of the time these accidents tend to lead to a bit of bruising at most, but on rare occasions, a small accident can lead to serious injury. Unfortunately, accidents both big or small can happen at any time to anyone. Even professionals are at risk, like the recent incident involving Olivia Inglis and her horse, Coriolanus. While an accident cannot be predicted or prevented, there are a number of steps you can take to try to stop a small accident from becoming a serious injury. The following are some of my top safety tips that I encourage everyone to follow anytime they ride. Continue reading