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Building made out of aluminum, fabric
Latest new development in buildings is this modular "clamshell" building that was originally developed by a California company as temporary shelter for military aircraft and was used last year in Operation Desert Stone.
The building has an aluminum arch-type frame covered by a vinyl-coated polyester fabric. The ends can be left open or fitted with "Clamshell" doors that provide an opening as wide and high as the building itself.
"The key benefits are low maintenance and versatility," says Mark Alexander, marketing manager, Clamshell Buildings, Inc., Ventura, Calif. "The frame is built with interchangeable components so you can make the building as wide (up to 220 ft.) or long as you want and you can easily rebuild it to a different size or shape. It's also easy to relocate.
"Besides military applications, the building has also been used for a wide variety of commercial applications including aviation hangers, tennis court enclosure, equipment storage, and even as an exhibit hall. We think it may have many on-farm applications, including grain or machinery storage or as a livestock shelter. It's classified as a temporary structure, but it meets all building codes and can withstand winds up to 120 mph and snow loads of up to 40lbs. per sq. ft. No component is longer than 12 1/2 ft. The Clamshell door can be opened and closed either manually or by a pair of electric winches.
"The building can be pre-wired for lighting and a trailer-mounted heat and air conditioning unit can be set up inside. A condensation liner with fiberglass blanket insulation laminated to its top surface can be fastened to the underside of the arches. The building can also be partitioned off for different uses. Optional canopies are available for open end or flat vertical end buildings."
Anchor plates spaced every 12 1/2 ft. on each side are driven 5 ft. into the ground and attached to support cables.
The building is available in two size ranges. System 50 buildings range in width from 28 to 90 ft., with eave heights from 10 to 18 ft. and lengths any multiple of 121/2 ft. Sys-tern 100 buildings can be made with clear-span widths from 100 to 220 ft.
Sells for $10 to $16 per sq. ft.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, Clamshell Buildings, Inc., 1990 Knoll Drive, Ventura, Calif. 93003 (ph 805 650-1700).


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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #5