We mostly talk about how ClearSpan Fabric Structures are rising in popularity among different industries throughout the country, but we’ve yet to mention their success internationally. Located in North Vancouver, British Columbia, today’s blog will feature the reining title holder for the largest Hercules Truss Arch Building. It is 250′ wide x 240′ long structure and its application proves sometimes bigger is better.Since 1977, Fibreco has been a leading supplier of wood chips to the pulp and paper industry, both domestically and internationally. Wood pellets are a byproduct of wood that are now commonly used for heat and energy as a form of biomass fuel. In 2005, the company decided to add wood-pellet handling to their North Vancouver, British Columbia facility due to the rising demand for this material.
Terminal Manager Mike Sullivan is responsible for safely minimizing the handling costs of the company’s materials while meeting customer needs. He says, “We had been using steel silos to store the wood pellets. As demand for this material kept growing, additional pellet storage was required. We decided to get another building, but it was important to choose one that would keep our wood pellets dry, as moisture will cause them to disintegrate.”
Sullivan chose a ClearSpan Fabric Structure after researching the company on their website. “A fabric structure is less expensive and faster to install than a traditional wood or metal building, which is why we chose ClearSpan,” he explains.
Sullivan was very impressed with the ClearSpan construction process. He states, “I like the simplicity of construction and the fast installation timeline that was offered through ClearSpan. Also, the crew worked very well with our other contractors, which was an advantage.”
Fibreco is extremely satisfied with their ClearSpan structure and Sullivan concludes, “The building keeps the wood pellets dry, so it is working out very well for our application.”
We love hearing from satisfied customers, especially when it’s about a building of this magnitude. We loved showing off the pictures and were even more excited when Fibreco agreed to participate in a case study with us. We urge all of our customers to write in and tell us how their buildings are working out for them.
How many international buildings do you thing we currently have?