Why A Fabric-Covered Building Makes the Perfect Athletic Training Center

fabric-covered buildingAccording to Forbes, the sporting industry is expected to be worth $73.5 billion by 2019. Many collegiate athletic departments are looking to gain whatever competitive advantage they can, while keeping costs to a minimum. More universities are using a fabric-covered building as a training center. This can prove to be an affordable investment.

Why A Fabric-Covered Building?

A 2014 report by Washington Post showed that 28 top U.S. universities spent more money than they made back in their athletic department.

One way to improve daily operations and recoup cost is by investing in an indoor facility. Such an investment allows athletes to train year-round when the weather prohibits outdoor training. A fabric-covered building makes for a versatile and cost-effective multi-sport facility.

Fabric buildings have great height and clearance, allowing athletes to utilize as much of the space as possible. These types of structures also don’t require internal supports, which creates an open and airy atmosphere. Continue Reading →

Opening a Restaurant? Consider a Pole Barn

pole barn restaurant

Images of sheds, hay lofts, and cattle shelters often come to mind when one thinks of pole barns. These structures, however, are more versatile than most people realize. These steel barns and buildings also suffice as commercial facilities, especially for dining establishments. Pole barns make good restaurants. Give it some consideration if you’re contemplating opening your own eatery.

The Benefits of a Pole Barn Restaurant

Pole-frame buildings are very affordable due to the low cost of materials and the ease of construction. Also the buildings don’t require load-bearing walls like traditional buildings. This gives you more leeway for a variety of layouts and floorplans. You can opt for a number of facades, such as deco, wood, or brick for the exterior. Create a look that is in line with your brand identity.

It’s not just local establishments that reap the benefits of pole barns. National franchises, such as Subway, Five Guys, and Jimmy John’s have several locations based in a pole building. Continue Reading →

Why You Should Consider a Monitor-Style Pole Building

Monitor-Style Pole BuildingsPole buildings come in many styles and architectural designs. In fact, they are often just as stylish as the main home even when they just serve as storage. One style that may be appropriate for your needs is a monitor-style pole building.

What Is a Monitor-Style Pole Building?

A monitor-style building has a raised center with trusses that act as support for the gabled center roof. The raised center allows for the installation of additional windows, which provides more natural lighting.

One of our past projects included a monitor-style pole building, which you can check out at our gallery.

Monitor-style barns are traditionally used as horse stables. Nowadays, storage sheds, car garages, hangars, steel shops, and accessory dwelling units may adopt the same style of design. Continue Reading →

Weather-Resistant Fabric Buildings For Spokane

Weather-resistant fabric buildingSpokane isn’t the coldest region by a longshot. Nevertheless, it still sees some pretty strong wind gusts and the occasional snowfall. If your business uses fabric-covered buildings for storage, is it built to withstand formidable weather? Weather-resistant fabric-covered buildings ensure a sturdy structure built to last.

Wind Resistance

When strong winds blow over a building, they create suction on the leeward side of the roof. If the fabric is poorly secured, it can lift off the frame. This places additional stress on the tarp at the building end frames. Heavy winds are one of the most common causes of fabric tears. Newer construction often includes the use of a Keder Rail to keep the fabric in place during high winds. Continue Reading →

Should You Undertake a DIY Building Construction Project?

DIY building construction2017 will be here soon. One of your resolutions may include building a new steel building or barn. You may feel right at home with a hammer and tool belt, but that doesn’t mean you can tackle the construction of a new building from start to finish. We have frequently seen homeowners wanting to be their own general contractor. We strongly advise against DIY building construction for reasons we will go over.

Why DIY Building Construction Projects Are a Bad Idea

DIY projects are on the rise due to the availability of steel building kits. However, keep in mind you’re not building a book shelf or bike rack. Building a standalone structure requires a completely different level of expertise. There are three reasons being your own general contractor is not in your best interest.

1. Permits

Erecting a building from the ground up is a massive physical undertaking, and the logistics involved are complex. Does the building meet local and municipal codes? In most cases, even a residential project will require approval from the city. A professional contractor knows exactly the types of permits required and how to obtain them. Continue Reading →

Visual Grade Lumber Vs Machine Stress-Rated Lumber: What’s the Difference?

Visual Grade/Machine-Stress Rated LumberMost post-frame and pole buildings require the use of lumber. If you’re having a new shed, barn, or hangar built, do you know the durability of the lumber? Do you know if you’re using visual grade lumber or machine stress-rated lumber? Do you know the difference, or have you even heard of these two terms?

Visual Grade (VG) & Machine Stress-Rated Lumber (MSR) Explained

Not all lumber is created equal. In the past 20 years or so, lumber quality has deteriorated due to the rise of fast-growth, farmed lumber. Slower-growth, natural lumber, by contrast, is sturdier and lasts longer.

Wherever you acquire your lumber, it’s essential that the material undergoes machine testing. This is where the machine stress-rated test comes in.

To test the wood’s structure and density the MSR process uses ultrasound equipment. Another variety of MSR testing includes a sophisticated mechanical bending process. Both tests determine the amount of strength the wood can handle. Continue Reading →

Is Your Animal Pole Barn Ventilated Properly?

Animal Pole Barn VentilationProperly ventilating your animal pole barn is essential for preserving indoor air quality. In turn, this ensures the health and long life of your animals. There are three types of ventilation for pole buildings:

Natural Ventilation

As suggested in its name, natural ventilation relies on natural vents. There is no use of mechanical supplements like fans. This also makes it an affordable option. Natural ventilation is especially common here in Washington where summers are fairly mild.

While sole reliance on natural ventilation does make for a cold barn in the winter, you can keep the interior warm by installing insulation. Ventilation can also be improved by keeping doors and windows opened. We also recommend installing ridge ventilation, which allows air to exit via natural convection. Continue Reading →

Protect Your Cows with a Fabric-Covered Structure for Winter

fabric-covered structures, cows and fabric buildings, fabric buildingsFabric-covered buildings help your cows cope with cold weather by keeping them warm. These structures are becoming increasingly popular in the Northwest due to severe weather patterns. Keeping cattle out of the elements may also ensure a higher birth rate. When you reduce the cold stress in cows, newborns have a greater chance of survival in extreme climate localities.

Versatile, Useful, Portable Structures

In the winter, fabric-covered buildings can act as a loafing area. The cattle can calve anywhere in the structure. You can easily erect corral pens if you want to segregate the brood cows and newborn calves. You can also easily relocate and repurpose fabric-covered buildings as farm equipment storage, grain storage, hay storage, or any other use.

Safe Cattle Handling Facilities

Not only do the cows have to endure the extreme weather conditions, but farmers and ranchers do too. With the abundance of natural light flooding the structures, fabric-covered buildings are the perfect winter cattle shelter in calving season. The structures improve the animas’l welfare and keep those working with you and your herd safe. Fabric-covered buildings also retain the heat generated by cattle, making calving much more tolerable. Continue Reading →

How Do I Avoid a Stuffy Horse Barn?

Learn How to Avoid Stuffy StablesLike humans, horses require clean, fresh air to breathe. However, inadequate ventilation is one of the most common mistakes we see in construction and management of present-day horse stables. Remember, most horses are standing around 15 hours per day in a stall. If your barn does not provide enough fresh air, and adjustment for changes in climate for both winter and summer, your horses will be much more prone to health issues.

Consider These Ventilation Factors:

Before anything else, hire a designer or builder who knows about barn ventilation basics. The needs for barns are different than the needs of residential or commercial structures. If properly done, ventilation should:

  • Bring fresh air into the barn through planned vents
  • Completely mix both outside and inside air; this:
    • Removes contaminating pathogens,
    • Regulates heat and humidity
    • Eliminates odors

Other things you should consider include the building site and landscaping (such as drainage), design and size of the building, number of horses, and weather. In our experience, with the proper design, it’s possible to vent naturally instead of mechanically. Continue Reading →

5 Facts You Need to Know About Fabric-Covered Buildings

5 Things to Know About Fabric StructuresIf you are planning to use one of our Pavilion fabric-covered buildings for your next hay barn, RV canopy, or horse pavilion, the most important thing to remember is that there’s a growing amount of competition in the industry. Sometimes, it can be difficult to differentiate between innovators and imitators.

Pavilion, the fabric-covered structure manufacturer we use, is ranked first in the industry for strength-to-price ratio, and has been an industry innovator for over 10 years. With constant improvements in technology and stronger, more durable components, our temporary and permanent structures are the best economical alternative to typical steel or pole buildings.

  1. Pavilion Structures Are Anti-Corrosive

Our fabric covers won’t rust. In corrosive environments, some roof and wall systems essentially turn into short-term disposable products. Pavilion fabric covers extend the life of your building with steel truss systems that are post-welding hot-dipped galvanized to ensure premium rust protection. Continue Reading →