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
Challenge – 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. Continue reading
Incorporated in 1784 and appointed the sole capital city of Connecticut in 1875, the city of Hartford covers 17.3 square miles and has a population of 125,000, making it the fourth largest city in the Constitution State. As winters become longer and more crippling, the city must quickly respond to snow and ice removal for its residents, commuters and workers that account for a general metropolitan area of over 1.2 million people. Continue reading
Whether it’s for a small parking lot or a major highway, sand and salt application is extremely common during the winter months. With sand and salt being used by State Highway Departments, small businesses and everything in between, many laws and regulations have been put into place to prevent damage to the environment, particularly due to improperly stored salt. We here at ClearSpan have been designing and installing sand and salt storage structures for years, all of which comply with these regulations. For those that are considering adding a sand and salt storage facility, or for those thinking of upgrading their structure, we here at ClearSpan can provide you with a proper storage facility that will withstand the test of time. In this week’s blog, we will discuss the regulations for salt storage and look at the ways that our ClearSpan Fabric Structures make an ideal solution for it. Continue reading
Sand and salt are crucial for all municipalities located in snowy areas. When preparing for winter, municipalities stockpile sand and salt, and keep it in a storage shed until needed.
Thankfully, even though it seems to take forever, the winter season in most locations doesn’t last long, and once it’s over, most of the stored sand and salt has been used, which leaves the building unused until next season. This means that when selecting a storage space for sand and salt, it only makes sense to select a building that can be used for something else during the other three seasons of the year. The town of Dublin, New Hampshire’s Highway Department requires a large amount of sand and salt to keep their roads safe during winter, but their existing structure was too small and they were facing a storage dilemma. Manager Brian Barden decided to make the move to a ClearSpan Fabric Structure, and the advantages of the upgrade have been extremely noticeable. Continue reading
Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start to summer, has come and gone, so now it’s time to hit the road and do that cross-country road trip you’ve been talking about doing the last 10 years, right? Well, if you are going to take on such a feat, there is a 100% chance that you’ll pass by one of our Hercules Truss Arch Buildings, since we have our fabric structures in all 50 states! What state currently holds the rolling title for the most ClearSpan buildings? What states make our Top 5? Take the poll below, check back in one week for the answers, and map out YOUR road trip accordingly.
If you happen to see one of our buildings on your trip, snap a picture of the building, prove to us that you’re on a “road trip,” and we’ll send you a free gift! All you have to do is email the pictures and your mailing address to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t worry — we will keep your information confidential — this is our little fun and exciting summertime game.
HINT: You’ll know it’s our building if you see our logo at the peak of the building, seen at left! GOOD LUCK!
The Discovery Channel’s popular television show, How It’s Made, descended on a local company’s manufacturing facility to capture the design process of tension fabric buildings. Continue reading
At long last, Spring is here! Better late than never, right? Now is the time to replace the storm door with the screen door, clean the windows, get the yard ready, clean out the garden beds and look for the over-the-counter allergy combatant that has the lowest sale price. But if you’ve recently purchased a Hercules Truss Arch Building – a.k.a. a fabric structure – from ClearSpan, or if you’re thinking of buying one soon, you’re probably asking yourself: “How in the world am I supposed to clean that fabric cover?” Continue reading
All of us at ClearSpan hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and as 2014 begins to ramp up, ClearSpan Fabric Structures will be hitting the road next week to the annual “World of Concrete” trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 21-24. If you’re also headed that way, we will be located in the Central Hall, booth #: C-6643, so come and stop by! While we are away, please check out some of our recent building projects below, and we will see you again the week of Jan. 27th! Continue reading
The winter season has already begun in several portions of the United States. But as Winter Storm Boreas embarks on the eastern sector of the country — in time for Thanksgiving travel — municipalities and landscaping businesses alike will be fueling up their fleet and stocking up on sand and salt to combat Jack Frost’s wrath on our neighborhood roads and interstates.