Sunbelt Rentals Boosts Productivity With On-Site Lunch Tent Solution


Did you ever hear the adage, “an army travels on its stomach?” Translated, this colorful saying means that sustenance is a vital part of productivity and overall morale in military life. There’s also a connection between accessible provisions and successful civilian job sites, too.

A large commercial contractor realized the full meaning of the adage when it was charged with the design and construction of a multimillion-dollar manufacturing facility. With hundreds of craftsmen involved on the project, the contractor had plenty of workers to do the job, but unfortunately, there was no existing onsite location for the team to take breaks and have lunch. The absence of a lunch tent meant the crew would have to go off-site every day for meals. Once the craftsmen left the security-sensitive job site, they would have to go through time-consuming reentry security protocols before resuming their workday. The construction company stood to lose valuable man-hours and needed a quick solution to the problem.

The contractor’s management team reached out to Sunbelt Rentals. Sunbelt Rentals is a full-service temporary-fabric building provider with deep experience in the construction industry.

The Challenge

The commercial contractor faced significant challenges with the expansion project including a very detailed execution schedule—staying on schedule was a top concern. Every hour lost could set back the project and damage the client’s reputation. The contractor had limited time to address and solve the temporary structure issue. They tasked Sunbelt Rentals with having the lunch tent installed and fully operational before the crew came on board.

The client’s structure needed:




Fast installation


Durability to remain on-site for 16 months


Customization with personnel doors


Compliance with the region’s codes and regulations


HVAC system


Professional project managers, engineers, designers and installation team

The Solution

After consideration of the purpose, available space, climate, and location, Sunbelt Rentals' team proposed a solution using the Sunbelt RentalsTension Series™  fabric structure.

The MTS™ is engineered using the standard peaked-arch profile which has proven highly effective for temporary or semi-permanent applications. The structure is made of an industrial tent fabric and is engineered to install quickly. The MTS™ is a flexible solution that can be easily relocated or expanded depending on the demands of the project.

Sunbelt Rentals' Solution included the following features:

  • 5,849 sq. ft., Sunbelt Rentals Tension Series™
  • LED light package
  • Personnel doors
  • Exit signs
  • Fire extinguishers
  • No smoking signs
  • Big Ass Fan®
  • HVAC Units
  • Picnic tables
  • Expert project managers, designers and installation team


This installation was not without obstacles. The site for the structure was adjacent to the construction fence line, which created space constraints—there was no room for error. Through careful planning, custom design and expert execution, the team successfully installed the MTS™ within the parameters provided.

The Result

To the delight of the client, Sunbelt Rentals' MTS™ temporary building was constructed in just six days, without dilemma. It remains at the construction site, providing the necessary shelter to allow the craftsmen to stay on-site and productive throughout the workday. The structure will remain in operation until the expansion project is completed. Just as Sunbelt Rentals stayed on-time and on-budget, the contractor is now poised to reduce delays and stay on-schedule.  

The Takeaways

Contractors and construction site managers need problem-solving partners. They need resourceful, capable professionals that understand the importance of turnkey, expeditious work. Sunbelt Rentals' team is that kind of partner. The team is accustomed to overcoming challenges for any imaginable piece of the puzzle that affects the structural integrity of an industrial tent.

Why Sunbelt Rentals

In addition to providing construction and maintenance site covers, Sunbelt Rentals turnkey services include providing fully operational, customized dining or lunch tent structures to fit various industry projects

Since 1924 Sunbelt Rentals has provided effective solutions to companies across an array of industries:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Petrochemical
  • Manufacturing
  • Aviation
  • Military and Government
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Emergency Response


Sunbelt Rentals has a team of trained professionals prepared to offer out-of-the-box temporary solutions for even the most challenging problems. Sunbelt Rentals has a warehouse full of products that can be installed and operational in just a few days. Our portfolio of projects online shows hundreds of examples.

If you need a partner, who will consistently go the extra mile, contact one of our expert project managers at Sunbelt Rentals.

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Topics: Lunch and Break Tent