Construction Today - June 2017 - 64
Commercial | CLEARSPAN FABRIC STRUCTURES INC.
levels of trust between project managers,
sales team members and engineers," he says.
"We have strong personal relationships
even though we're in different facilities
and traveling around the country," Ching
says. "I know I can count on them to be
For instance, if ClearSpan needs to
quickly deliver 50,000 square feet worth of
facilities, "We can do it," he says. "I can make
those commitments to customers because
of the trust in my colleagues."
Ching praises the work of Construction
and Design Manager Robert Blush, Lead
Engineer John Schemmel and Lead Project
Manager Alin Muresan.
"The three of them work most closely
on customizing projects and making the
impossible happen," Ching says.
ClearSpan is coping with stricter building
code and permit requirements. "Construction in general per square foot for
» ClearSpan continues to adapt to stricter building codes and requirements.
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ClearSpan Fabric Structures' new hybrid
building features metal sides and a
fabric top. This meets the needs of
clients looking for more than the usual
fabric structure, Sales Director Geoffrey
"Usually, it's for security reasons," he
describes. "You'll get corrugated steel
on the sides, which responds to safety
concerns, and fabric on the top, which
lets the natural light in."
This is a good fit for work involving
animals, Ching says. "It adds to an amazingly pleasant environment," he states.
industrial and commercial projects also
is becoming more expensive," Ching
explains, noting that this can be challenge
Some potential clients also require
more convincing on its products. "We are
constantly fighting the perception that a
fabric-covered building is not going to have
the structural integrity of a steel building,"
"We believe our customers would really
promote the fabric cover as just as good if
not better," he says. "But we're definitely
more ubiquitous than we were when I
started here eight years ago."
ClearSpan sees a strong future ahead
with the Trump administration's plan for
increased infrastructure spending and tax
cuts. "We are very optimistic that it's going to
be good for all of construction," Ching says.
ClearSpan also plans to triple its sales in
the next five years.
"We believe we will be stronger within
the industries that we're preferred," he
explains. "The bigger upside is we're going
to gain traction in new industries."
Customers in these sectors will become
"huge advocates of our concept," Ching
predicts, noting that these may include the
oil and gas industry. "We would expect oil
and gas to be coming back within the next
"We can be a real good fit for everything
from truck storage to frac sand storage,"
he says. "We've also done some recreation
centers up in the Bakken."