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Expert Q&A: The Science of Anchoring Fabric Buildings, Part 2 

In our first blog in this series, we shared with you an introduction to the engineering behind anchoring temporary structures. This anchoring is powerful enough to cover your most critical long- or short-term operations—ensuring structure integrity and stability you can count on.

A major benefit of temporary structures is that they can be installed on virtually any ground surface from asphalt and concrete foundations to gravel or soil. With correctly engineered anchoring, temporary structures can be strong and stable no matter where they stand.

In Part 2 of this series, engineering expert Brian Szkaradnik explains the role your ground surface plays in determining the right anchoring solution for your structure.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Entertainment and Events Warehouses and Storage Extreme Weather Structures Amenities Project Management

Expert Q&A: The Science of Anchoring Fabric Buildings, Part 1

Temporary structures or fabric buildings are designed and engineered to protect the people, materials and equipment inside them. And although the focus of customization is often on designing a structure’s amenities like flooring, HVAC, and light, ensuring structural integrity and stability is the most critical element of structure customization.

Brian Szkaradnik, one of Mahaffey’s own technical engineering specialists, took a moment to share his expertise on the science of anchoring clearspan fabric structures. Read on to learn more about anchoring in Part 1 of this two-part series.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Extreme Weather Structures Amenities

A Guide to Pole Tents and Engineered Fabric Structures

In our industry, we know how important it is to have the right tool for the job. Tools perform best when they are used for their intended purposes. You wouldn’t use a carpenter’s hammer to knock down a wall any more than you would reach for a sledgehammer to drive a small nail to hang a picture. This also applies to selecting the right temporary structure.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Fabric Buildings Mahaffey Fabric Structures

6 Ways to Avoid Hiring the Wrong Fabric Structure Vendor

Whether you are new to clearspan fabric structures or are a seasoned pro, selecting a company to install one is a big decision. Pick the wrong vendor, and you’re at risk for unnecessary and expensive delays in your project.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure

Lease vs Purchase: Decisions in Obtaining Portable Structures

When deciding if you should buy or lease  portable structures, a hundred pros and cons might circle in your head. Perhaps you have experience with a temporary structure, but not a permanent building. Or maybe you don’t know where to start.

At the end of the day, it’s simple. Focus on what matters most to you. The purchasing or leasing decision comes down to your structural needs, business requirements and financial priorities.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Industrial Information Leasing Vs Purchasing

Defeating the Obstacles: Uses of Clear Span Fabric Structures

We previously mentioned considerations you should factor when using clear span fabric structures. In many instances, Mahaffey has faced challenges with installation of our structures. Often, this requires an innovative approach to each and every detail. 

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Fabric Building Clear span tent Custom Structures Event Spaces

Is Lightning Protection Necessary with Temporary Structures?

If you have an event or project that requires a temporary structure, you probably have a lot of questions going through your head. How much will this cost? Will it be sturdy enough? What company do I need to contact?

As storm season ramps up, even more questions arise that have to do with weather protection. How do you ensure the structure will provide shelter from the sun, rain, wind and lightning?

The likelihood of a thunderstorm increases in the summertime, but is lightning protection necessary with temporary structures year-round? The short answer is, yes, it’s a good idea.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Industrial Information Extreme Weather Structures

Fabric Structure Customization: One Size Doesn't Fit All


Supporting the needs of a special event versus a blast shelter will require two very different temporary fabric structures, and Mahaffey can provide the size you need to make sure the job gets done.

With experience in servicing aviation hangars ranging in 15 to 50 meters in width and a near indefinite length, to military Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) designed to house 1,600 soldiers, Mahaffey can supply nearly any size fabric structure for a project or event. This ability is key when developing a cost-saving structure, as the size reflects the square footage you need.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Fabric Buildings Custom Structures

Soil Testing For Fabric Structures & Why It Matters

Before beginning any construction project, including installing a temporary or portable fabric structure, it is important to do a site evaluation and assess the soil. Soil testing for fabric structures determines that the site’s soil is suitable for the structure. This is a crucial step in making an informed site selection decision.

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Industrial Information

What Rapid Response Fabric Structures Really Means

You often hear the term "rapid deployment" or "rapid response" in the world of temporary structures or fabric structures. This term applies to a wide variety of temporary structures and it's important to know what you need, especially when a decision is needing to be made FAST. Because there are a variety of structures that fall under the temporary structure umbrella, it is important to know what's available for a quick turnaround. 

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Fabric Buildings Clearspan Tent Clear span tent