Catherine Knoll

Catherine Knoll

Recent Posts by Catherine Knoll:

Portable Structure vs. Mobile Office Trailer on Construction Sites

We've all seen the mobile trailer parked at construction sites, maybe even a few at one site. These mobile units act as offices for the managers and supervisors of the construction project, but is there a better alternative? Let's compare a construction site temporary fabric structure vs. the mobile office trailer.

Topics: Construction and Maintenance Covers

Sunbelt Rentals Fabric Structures Wins Big at the 2016 IFAI International Achievement Awards


Sunbelt Rentals Fabric Structures was recognized with the 2016 International Achievement Award (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications.

This year Sunbelt Rentals Fabric Structures was the top winner in the Tent category for the project entitled Dining Under The Stars, a 2015 project for a grand rehearsal dinner in southern Mississippi

Temporary Warehouses: The Most Cost Effective Source for Business Continuity

Winning that big contract takes a lot more than luck, but today's small businesses are up to the challenge. After completing the hard work of securing a make-it-or-break-it order, it is time to ramp up production to fulfill that dream contract. Small businesses often find this is a stumbling block due to lack of available storage space on their property. Constructing a conventional warehouse takes time the budget and contract will not allow. One way to expedite faster production is to use temporary warehouses. This is a solution that will make contract fulfillment easier, and it will move the company to the next level.

Topics: Temporary Warehouses and Storage

How Long Is Temporary Where Disaster Relief Shelter Is Concerned?

In most instances, disaster relief shelters are considered temporary. The ultimate goal is to provide a safe, functional shelter that can serve as a home base for families while they recover from a disaster and begin to rebuild their community and resume their ordinary life in a permanent home. However, the word temporary can actually mean a very long time when it comes to how long it takes to recover from any disastrous event. Displaced survivors may find themselves living in a temporary disaster relief shelter for months, perhaps even years. Today’s fabric shelters must be able to meet that need. 

Topics: Emergency Shelters

Mahaffey Fabric Structures Celebrates 5 years on Inc. 5000 List


For the fifth year,  Inc. Magazine named Mahaffey Fabric Structures to its annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. 

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure

Why Rapid Response Is So Important for Disaster Relief Recovery

Natural disasters seem to happen frequently. The environment is changing which is resulting in more frequent weather-related natural disasters. When these things occur, entire villages, cities or geographical regions can be affected. Entire populations of dozens, hundreds, or thousands, of people will require shelter. It is the following days, weeks, or even months that it will take for life to get back to normal after a disaster. During that time, to protect a person from the effects of exposure to the elements, shelter is critical to survival and recovery. 

Topics: Emergency Shelters Amenities

Top Benefits of a Construction Site Tents

Who needs temporary construction site tents? Every project crew needs one regardless of the job. Temporary buildings meet a number of needs for virtually every industry: 

Topics: Construction and Maintenance Covers

The Top Considerations When Evaluating Clear Span Structure Solutions For Your Project Needs

Once the need for a temporary structure has been recognized, the next step is to determine exactly what type of structure should be selected. The most common dilemma is deciding if it should be a permanent solution or temporary, and, if temporary, calculating how long the structure will be needed. The top considerations when evaluating industrial clear span fabric structure solutions are:

Special Events Industry Desire For A Guide to Fabric Structures

With the affordability and quick turn-around installing temporary fabric structures, the industry is experiencing widespread growth particularly in their use at special events. Because of this, special events industry experts are encouraging uniformity in standards and practices in the use of temporary fabric structures.

Topics: Entertainment and Events

Benefits Of Lightning Protection For Temporary Structures

A fabric structure serves many purposes: secure storage for cargo and/or equipment, covered work areas, temporary warehouse, hangars or lunch tents. In each case, what lies within the structure is seeking shelter from the elements: sun, rain, wind and lightning. Not only do consumers seek security of their property from theft or protection from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, but also protection from dangerous lightning. However, often, the importance of lightning protection is overlooked despite the fact that it is a very serious thing to consider. It is critical that any outdoor structure, whether temporary or permanent, have lighting protection.