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
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