Helical Anchors, Concrete Piers and Wood Posts Oh My!

Helical AnchorsAt ClearSpan we pride ourselves on providing total building customization. We understand that numerous factors dictate the needs of a Hercules Truss Arch Building and those needs include different foundation options.

Helical AnchorsGround Surfaces
We offer many types of anchoring systems to accommodate varying surfaces. Buildings can be built on pavement, concrete, wood, gravel or any other ground surface. For concrete, pavement and wood, we have a mounting foot that can be securely tied to the surface using the appropriate fasteners. If the building is to be mounted on gravel, grass or dirt our auger-style anchors or our ground anchor kits are used. For the most secure, high wind applications, we recommend one anchor per rafter, per side. It is important for us to know early on what type of ground surface the building is going on, as well as the local snow load and wind load, so we can best recommend a suitable type of foundation for you.

The ClearSpan Special

Helical AnchorsHelical Anchors
In an effort to provide our customers with the most up-to-date technological and product advancements, we offer a new ground anchoring option. Our anchoring system drills directly into the ground and involves minimal site work. Classified as 100% temporary, they do not require concrete or a foundation; however, they can remain for as long as needed without replacements.

Helical AnchorsThis anchoring option is also environmentally sensitive because the anchors can be removed without disturbing the surrounding area. Less expensive than traditional ground anchoring, our ground screw anchoring option is fast and convenient. They can be used for virtually any type of building, including agricultural, commercial, wildlife, industrial and residential applications. Due to the many benefits of this system we are proud to offer it as an option to our customers.Helical Anchors

The helical anchors look like giant cork screws. They range from 10’to 15′ in length and are drilled directly into the ground. From there base plates are secured to the top of each anchor (flush with the Earth’s surface) and then each steel truss is secured to the base plate.

Other Popular Foundations

Concrete Piers
Concrete PiersSometimes referred to as sonatubes, concrete piers are an excellent foundation option. Accepted in many industries, concrete piers work well in applications such as industrial buildings, manufacturing facilities and warehouses. The pier can be poured completely into the ground so the top is flush with the earth or they can be built to stick a foot or two out of the earth’s surface. It is completely up to the customer.

Poured ConcretePoured Concrete
When you think of foundations, most people automatically think of poured concrete. Although, this option may be the most pricy depending on your region, it is one of the most versatile. I don’t think there is an industry where a poured concrete foundation isn’t acceptable. Many like this option because it provides the traditional look that most building foundations have. Salt and sand storage facilities, warehousing structures and manufacturing plants are all fans of poured concrete.

Block WallsBlock Walls
Easy to move and cheap to find, concrete precast blocks are an excellent foundation option for Hercules Truss Arch Buildings. They are stackable and can increase or decrease the height of a building, as well as versatile. This option is great for onsite facilities, sand and salt storage, as well as industrial buildings.

ContainersContainers
Well-liked in numerous industries, mounting on containers is a great method for material handling, equipment storage, shipping and receiving and marine storage applications. They’re often used within industries or areas where they are easily accessible and affordable. Mounting on containers provides the buildings’ end users with two main benefits- additional building height and a temporary solution.

PonywallPony walls and Wood Posts
Pony walls are a popular foundation option for equine riding arenas and livestock housing. Mounting on top of this type of foundation increases the height and side clearance of the building, allowing large animals such as horses and cattle to have full range of the building. Also, by mounting the building to a ponywall or wood posts, the fabric and steel is elevated off ground level. This is a huge safety feature, especially in riding arenas. If a horse were to become startled and buck a rider off, they would hit the wall instead of a 5″ triple-galvanized structural steel tube. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather hit the wall any day. The fabric isn’t at the animals’ level with this type of foundation. This factor will increase the life span of the fabric because the wall will be used as a kickboard, not the fabric.

Concrete PadConcrete Pad
Not to be confused with an asphalt pad, concrete pads are another available foundation option. Extremely successful within the waste and decontamination industry, as well as production facilities and equipment storage applications, the concrete pad provides a smooth bottom surface. Not only does it provide secure mountings, but built in flooring as well. The level surface will provide higher functioning activities within the structure.

As you can see our buildings can work with a variety of foundation options. The building’s application, location and your preference is what determines which type is chosen. Can you think of any foundation options not listed here that you’d like to see our buildings mounted on?

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