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ClearSpan’s ability to adapt is displayed clearly in its two newest building offerings, the Low Profile Building and the Pavilion Building.


Adaptation is an essential trait for companies across the construction industry. Contractors and workers never know when they’ll have to improvise on the job – sometimes coming up with a creative solution can make the difference between success and failure on the jobsite. However, the need for adaptation isn’t just limited to the jobsite; it also extends to the businesses that contractors and construction companies depend on.

ClearSpan has been creating building solutions for the construction industry for nearly 40 years. With an expansive and trusted line of fabric, metal and hybrid structures, companies have used ClearSpan buildings for equipment and machinery storage, workspace, maintenance shops and versatile jobsite buildings. ClearSpan has been at the forefront of designing and constructing energy-efficient buildings, thereby allowing companies across the world to reduce their operating costs. ClearSpan’s Truss Arch Specialists can provide expert consultation on how to best design and utilize a structure to improve workflow and complement any business.Clearspan box

Besides the structural benefits and expert advice that ClearSpan can provide, the company has also shown its ability to adapt to the needs of its customers and the industries it serves. With employees constantly researching industry needs and developing the structures to best suit these needs, ClearSpan is always reacting to changes and advances in the construction industry and designing building profiles that allow construction customers to get the buildings they need, when they need them, and at an economical price.

“We design and fabricate structures to meet a wide range of customer needs, while providing features for efficient assembly and construction in the field,” ClearSpan’s Research and Development Manager Kevin Koch, says. “Our goal has been to provide high quality at the most economical price.”

Low Profile Building

The ability of the company to adapt is displayed clearly in ClearSpan’s two newest building offerings, the Low Profile Building and the Pavilion Building. With a number of customers seeking alternative clearance and mounting options or opting to not clad their structure with sidewalls or end walls, these structural solutions simplify the design process, allowing customers to integrate their structures much sooner.

The company’s Low Profile Building provides unmatched versatility. The structure features standard five-foot-tall sidewalls, but it also can be customized to be as tall or as short as the customer requires. The Low Profile Buildings are commonly mounted on block, post or helical pier foundations, and they can even be mounted on containers.

These containers are the same massive shipping containers that are used on cargo ships. This type of foundation in particular has been embraced by the construction industry. Container foundations create a sturdy and dependable base for the Low Profile Building, but also provide a secure storage space. When used on the jobsite, there is no need to transport valuable tools to a safe site. They can simply be locked in the containers. Buildings mounted on containers are particularly easy to relocate, making the structure reusable from jobsite to jobsite.

“The Low Profile Buildings offer a streamlined design that has been developed to meet a range of applications, and they can also be customized to meet unique width or height requirements,” Koch says.

The Pavilion Building

The Pavilion Building, which along with the Low Profile Building was introduced over the winter, has also found use with the company’s construction customers. The structure uses a house-style frame that features 13-foot-tall eaves. With no side or end walls, it ensures the maximum amount of ventilation. This structure creates an excellent work or storage space. Machinery can be operated within the building, and the natural ventilation maintains superior air quality without the use of an air exchange system.

Both of these structures utilize ClearSpan’s famed steel truss frame and fabric cover. ClearSpan truss arch frames are triple-galvanized for corrosion resistance, and they feature a 50-year warranty. The fabric covers are 12.5-ounce, 24-mil polyethylene and feature a rip-stop weave for durability. They allow natural light to filter through – eliminating the need for artificial daytime lighting – and come with a 20-year warranty.

The introduction of these two structures hasn’t been the first time that ClearSpan has shown its ability to adapt. The Low Profile Building and Pavilion Building appear to firmly establish a trend of the company responding to the needs of the industries it serves and its customers.

In 2015, ClearSpan introduced its Commodity Building, which made accessing stored aggregate materials much easier. Additionally, ClearSpan will introduce two buildings in its upcoming quarterly catalog. “We’re working on an array of further innovations in pre-fabricated steel buildings, so there are a lot of exciting things coming,” Koch promises.

One of the new structures will utilize a new “super tall” design, while the other will clad a house-style frame entirely in fabric. More information will be available in ClearSpan’s upcoming quarterly catalog and on the company website, but for immediate information and inquires, ClearSpan can be called directly.


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Alexander Company’s plans for the former Lorton Prison in Fairfax County, Va., will preserve the site’s historic character while offering its owners and developer financial sustainability.

By Jim Harris

From the very beginning, Lorton Prison in Lorton, Va., was designed to serve a different purpose than most correctional facilities. The prison, commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 20th century, was envisioned to be a place where inmates in the District of Columbia could be rehabilitated by learning new trade skills.

Divided into reformatory and penitentiary buildings, it was designed as a campus with several dormitory-style buildings laid out in a manner that provided natural light and green space, which Roosevelt believed could be beneficial to rehabilitation. Prisoners built the solid brick dormitory buildings themselves, using bricks manufactured from kilns onsite and lumber from trees cut down on the property.

The 80-acre prison site – which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places – housed inmates from its completion in 1910 until 2001. Today, more than 15 years after closing its doors, the prison will again be the site of a rehabilitation of a different kind.

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The construction management allows Waterbourne to protect its clients from poor workmanship and escalating costs.

By Tim O’Connor

For many general contractors, construction management is a secondary approach to building a facility. When tasked with acting as a construction manager, general contractors might change their hat but often don’t change their mindset to work on the owner’s team instead of as another one of the client’s contractors. That’s not the case for New York’s Waterbourne Construction Advisors. When the company expanded into a full construction firm in 2005 it decided from the start it would be purely a construction manager entirely focused on being an owners’ advocate.

CA SouthCA South shakes off its traditional organization to promote an atmosphere where employees work together to benefit the client.

By Tim O’Connor

For the past seven years the founders of CA South have been creating the company they wished they had worked for when their careers began. The founders – Stacy Knight, Brandon Cleghorn and Lori Holibaugh – don’t refer to themselves as owners. Job titles aren’t particularly important at the Atlanta-based general contractor.

panel installA 15-megawatt solar project will enable the Red Lake Band’s tribal reservation in northern Minnesota to be completely energy self-sufficient for their tribal-owned buildings.

By Jim Harris

Green building is more than just a buzzword for Winkelman Building Corp. “We’ve done LEED Gold and Silver-certified projects, geothermal systems, wind and solar power, you name it, for a long time,” Vice President of Development Mike Schoenecker says. “This is not something that is new to us. With every project we do, we look at ways to make it as efficient as possible, even if the client’s not specifically seeking LEED certification.”

The St. Cloud, Minn.-based contractor was the first contractor outside of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area to gain LEED accreditation. “Green building is very big for us, and something we live with in our own operations,” he adds.

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By Tim O'Connor

David Hanson and Gerald Rauenhorst founded Fabcon in 1970 to develop its SpanDeck technology used for producing 8-foot-wide concrete wall panels. Its first facility began production a year later. Today, the company is known for its VersaCore panels, one of the lightest and most energy-efficient precast panels in the market. 

As Fabcon Precast celebrates significant milestones, their ability to adapt to changing market trends has solidified their role in the rapidly growing warehouse/distribution center building sector. In 2015, the company opened a new plant in Kansas to better serve customers in a key U.S. distribution alley. Its Ohio and Pennsylvania plants celebrated 20 and 15 years of production respectively and have proven to operate at near or full capacity for those years including during the recession. This year, the company celebrates 45 years since the first date of production in Minnesota. 

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