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Commercial | CLEARSPAN FABRIC STRUCTURES INC.
ClearSpan reports that customers
have become big advocates of its
"You're not paying for a fabric structure
[to have] heating and cooling, so there's savings there," he continues. "It's just creating a
more natural environment."
This makes the ClearSpan frame stronger
than those offered by its competitors,
according to Ching. "The frames themselves
also carry a 50-year warranty," he explains,
noting that the fabric in its structures carries a 20-year warranty.
"We're using what we believe is the
best fabric solution," Ching says, adding
that ClearSpan offers its clients fire-rated
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material. "It's also good to know that our
frames and structures can be designed and
engineered by our in-house engineering
teams to building codes."
ClearSpan's structures have a positive
impact on the environment, Ching says.
Thanks to the use of natural light, "You're
saving tremendously on electricity, particularly during the day," he says.
ClearSpan recently completed a project for
Kingsford Products Co. where it provided a
fabric structure to cover a large pile of charcoal. The pellets, Ching explains, are put
in large piles to be dried out, which helps
enhance the end-product.
"They wanted a really open, 250-footwide by 260-foot-long space," he continues.
"They put in an engineered concrete foundation and concrete wall for capacity, and it
turned out really well."
ClearSpan's structure also was built
without center supports, which provided
Kingsford with more freedom to operate its
loading equipment. "If you've got center
supports, what happens is it's not as easy for
that equipment to move around as efficiently," he says.
The structure also has a high peak, which
allows Kingsford to make a higher pellet
stack. "You have more storage capacity and
volume," he says. "The loaders also can be
quite larger for their required clearances."