Remote construction site turns to fabric warehouse

Designed to keep stored goods above freezing in harsh winters, the insulated warehouse supports a three-year project.

By ·

When Manitoba Hydro put up the bid for the Keeyask Generating Station on the lower Nelson River in northern Manitoba, it knew the job site would be extremely remote, about 110 miles northeast of Thompson, Manitoba. The three-year, $1.4-billion project now uses an 18,000-square-foot insulated fabric warehouse reinforced for extreme weather conditions.

Project managers BBE Hydro Constructors sought a solution that would ensure the warehouse interior would be kept above freezing temperature at all times.

“Given the climate, location and overall scope, we needed a building on site to provide general warehousing of materials,” says John Lehman, a superintendent with BBE. “The building had to be insulated. We have in-floor heat and radiant heat inside, but the structure itself required a certain R-value to maintain warmth in the winter.”

The new building (Legacy Building Solutions) was designed using the company’s rigid-frame engineering concept. With R-30 insulation with a 7.5-ounce interior fabric liner, the structural I-beam design includes straight sidewalls that maximize the usable space inside. The rigid steel frame was finished with oxide primer for corrosion protection, and features 3-foot overhangs with air flow in the soffit as well as icebreakers on the roof. The building was rated to withstand 2.5 kPa ground snow load and 0.39 kPa windspeed.

Along with vehicle parts and construction components, the building also contains lumber, scaffolding and a variety of small equipment. Designed to provide room for shelving and forklift runways inside, the building’s ceiling height is 18 feet, 3 inches high at the sidewalls, spanning to a peak clearance of 47 feet, 11 inches. The structure has a pier and curb foundation that is 1 foot above grade and provides edge-of-dock, 25,000-pound load capacity levelers with a 78-inch plate, 15-inch bumpers, and a 27-inch mechanical flip leveler. Personnel and equipment can enter through seven insulated commercial steel coil doors or 10 insulated service doors.

“Due to the overall project timeline, the building had to be constructed in the dead of winter,” says Lehman. “A technical representative assisted the local crews, and installation went well. They supply a high-quality fabric structure, and we’re pleased with how it’s performed.”

About the Author

Josh Bond, Senior Editor
Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

Energy · Warehouses · · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
The Overlooked Competitive Advantage: Connected Teams
57% of surveyed manufacturers believe they could reduce downtime by 10-30% by unifying their workgroup communications. What does a minute of downtime cost you?
Download Today!
From the January 2018 Modern Materials Handling Issue
PFS built one of the largest and most automated AS/RS freezers in the world in Washington state. Next up is a new design for automation. Automated Storage/ Automated Retrieval System, Cold Storage.
Lift Truck Series Part 1: Lift truck technology connects pickers to productivity
Breaking Through On Yard Visibility
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Emerging Technologies for Your Distribution Center
Come get an insider's view of the latest technologies for inside your Distribution Center. You'll learn which technologies are being piloted, which are having success and moving from concept to implementation and into production on the maturity scale, and what's coming on the horizon.
Register Today!
Trinchero Family Estates: Pallet handling in the vineyard
The second-largest family-owned wine company in the world turns to automated pallet handling and...
System Report: Rocky Brands Sees the Light
Confronting an aging materials handling system and new channels of business with new customer...

Top 20 industrial lift truck suppliers, 2017
The top lift truck suppliers list is changing with industry acquisitions causing a dramatic...
Lodge Manufacturing: Distribution Cast in Iron
In a new facility, iPhones and a new WMS allowed cookware manufacturer Lodge to double its business...