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This makes the frame stronger than those
offered by its competitors, according to Ching.
"The frames themselves also carry a 50-year
warranty," he says, 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
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.
"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."
dation 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 fabric structure also has a very high
peak, which enables Kingsford to make a
higher stack of charcoal pellets. "You have
more storage capacity and volume," Ching
says. "The loaders also can be quite larger
for their required clearances."
Kingsford is very happy with the structure. "They've gotten to see that what they
put into this does pay for itself over time,"
ClearSpan also is experiencing a surge in
projects for recycling facilities. "We receive
10 calls a week for recycling applications,"
Ching says, noting that its facilities are a
good fit for the industry.
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 founClearSpan started in agriculture, but soon saw
applications in sectors such as construction,
municipal sand and salt, and mining.
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