Rigid Frame Fabric Buildings: The Best of Both Worlds

    March 28, 2019 | Fertilizer Storage Building, Bulk Storage

    By combining the design flexibility and trusted engineering of a rigid steel frame building with the corrosion resistance, natural light and expedited construction of fabric structures, Legacy buildings are ideal for storing bulk corrosive material, including fertilizer.

    One of the first advantages is safety and longevity. These are permanent and semi‐permanent buildings held to the same strict engineering standards as all other building types. There’s no need to take unwarranted shortcuts with an important asset like a building – or risk the health and safety of the people in and around the facility.

    Every aspect of the building design and potential pressure is calculated using engineering guidelines. All buildings are designed using specialized software with manual quality checks.

    Advantages of Rigid Frame Buildings

    The primary difference between Legacy buildings and other fabric building manufacturers is that most other buildings are built with open web trusses. Because these trusses are not designed using standard engineering software or practices, relying on open web trusses means placing a lot of faith in one engineer’s calculations.

    Designing a building without the proven advantage of standardized engineering software introduces a high probability for errors, especially when trying to add customization. Trusses are fabricated in standard sizes, leaving you to choose between a risky under‐engineered truss or a more expensive over‐engineered truss.

    Learn more about rigid steel frames. 

    Trusses are also prone to movement under environmental loading such as wind or snow. This often leads to increased maintenance and downtime on conveyors when compared to similar equipment hung from a rigid frame system.

    By using a rigid building frame, Legacy offers the option to completely customize every building and have it meet building codes as well as customer needs. All calculations can be easily replicated and easily understood by any building professional.

    Some collateral loads are not distributed evenly among the building frames – for example conveyors and cranes. With rigid steel beams, these loads can be placed anywhere on the building or along the beam for truly custom placement.

    Every aspect of the building shape and size is customized to meet customer needs – down to the inch. This means plenty of space for piles, loaders and other equipment or processes inside the building, without overpaying for wasted space.

    See some examples of custom fertilizer storage buildings. 

    Many bulk storage buildings are also used for tasks like loading, sorting and mixing. To make these operations more efficient, Legacy offers design options including offset peaks, varying leg heights and lean‐tos. These options provide the most cost‐effective building for any operation, regardless of designed product flow or site-restrictive challenges.

    By allowing fertilizer handling operations to choose a building with non-corrosive features and the necessary design flexibility, Legacy adds value to large and small fertilizer-handling operations.

    Want to learn more? Check out our webinar, How Legacy Buildings Add Value to General Contractors, for more information on fertilizer storage.