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Engineered buildings save money, increase space, and help protect the environment making them a highly desirable addition to the Waste and Recycling Industry. Each structure is designed to meet local building codes and zoning laws while offering a versatile workspace for the customer. Site-specific engineering allows them to meet the high standards of the CSA (Canadian Standard Act) and the AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials). By using 3D Finite Element Analysis, clients can be assured their buildings provide the following four benefits:

Tested and Proven Materials for High Structural Integrity

3D Finite Element Analysis takes into consideration the landscaping, use of the property, the height of the structure, and the day-to-day wear and tear expected as an industry standard. Once this information is compiled, the framework is reinforced with a hot-dipped galvanization (HDG) process for additional strength. The components are then tested for durability to eliminate the “best guess” approach for increased safety.

The “super shielding” process adds a rubberized layer of flexibility to the fabrics used to secure the structure. The carefully designed cabling and support assemblies keep the material taut reducing friction that can lead to tearing and thinning. This treatment provides an almost seamless structure that increases the life use of the building.

Site-by-Site Planning

Rigorous testing and site specifications allow engineered buildings to be adaptable to each situation. These steps ensure the right combination of structural techniques and designs work hand in hand for optimal strength and compatibility. The waste and recycling industries depend on these qualities because of the constant turnover and influx of materials.

There are different kinds of equipment used in waste and recycling facilities that must be able to move around safely within limited spacing. Engineered fabric buildings can easily be planned to accommodate these vehicles with various height options and multiple entrances or exits as necessary. This helps keep the business moving and the drivers on schedule.

Overhead height also aids in improving the quality airflow for moisture evaporation. In waste management facilities, this can help prevent health issues while keeping the materials drier. Drier materials are easier to handle, quicker to load, and lighter to transport.

Free Span Interior for Maximum Usable Space

Engineered buildings have the benefit of free span interior that is vital to any recycling center or waste management facility. Trash and debris continually enters and leaves at a regular rate. Having the ability to maneuver vehicles inside the building is necessary to load and unload the trucks. The absence of posts and poles increases the available area and offers more safety for the workers and drivers involved.

Free span interiors also help optimize lighting conditions for wide-open spacing. This allows businesses to take advantage of increased natural lighting. This increases visibility and safety of the work environment for the staff while keeping the materials inside as dry as possible.

Tough Building Problems, Easy Building Solutions

One benefit that many companies take advantage of is the ability to enlarge the structures. In many cases, the new additions fit into the old design with fewer problems because the original plans are readily available to work with and the engineering firms and construction crews have a working knowledge of the components being used in the building. This information alone can speed up a project by months saving thousands of dollars in the planning process.

The amount of time required to construct a building is also a key figure in the overall cost. Engineered buildings are quicker to complete and are designed to meet a high standard of safety. This is important in the waste and recycling business because there is a constant influx of materials that need to be processed quickly.
There are some situations where the building team may have to work around an already established business. Fabric buildings are quick to assemble and reduce delays or interruptions to a facility’s processing ability. This keeps their company operating without losing income and helps them stay on budget during the course of construction.

Companies in the waste and recycling industry depend on engineered buildings to meet the challenges of a constantly changing and growing business. The ability to process, store, and ship recyclables or waste materials keeps them moving day and night. Easy access provides a safer environment to operate equipment and heavy machinery. Careful planning protects waterways and works with the landscape for greater use of the space allotted. By taking advantage of the open spacing, quality airflow, and higher visibility, many of the businesses work to increase the efficiency of their facility while saving time and money.

Engineered fabric buildings are creating flexible solutions to old brick and mortar construction problems. They meet a high standard of safety while being easy to maintain and quick to assemble. The wait time for completion is shorter and it is possible to continue to grow and build while working within a tight budget.


To learn how Calhoun can solve your waste and recycling facility needs, visit our Waste and Recycling Storage Solutions page.