The 150' W x 555' L x 72' H
clear-span area provides a tremendous work environment.
Albany, New York
150' W x 555' L Fabric Covered Building
Salt Storage Building
When Capital District Salt and
Cargill needed to purchase a structure to cover their salt
stockpiles at Cargill's 200,000 ton Port of Albany regional
distribution center in Albany, NY, a tension fabric
structure with steel trusses was the ideal choice.
Originally contracted to haul salt from Cargill's salt mine
in Lansing, NY to the Port of Albany, Capital District Salt
now manages the daily operation of the distribution center.
"Cargill needs stockpiles to relieve truck traffic and
pressure at the mine. These huge piles let us deliver salt
to Cargill's customers quickly," says Vincent Logan, Capital
District Vice President.
Giant tarps were once used to cover the 50 foot high pile
from the weather but the tarps proved to be cumbersome and
not always completely effective. Cargill and Capital
District decided to explore other storage options. After
extensive research, they decided to build a fabric covered
structure to house a 100,000 ton stockpile.
Measuring 150' wide x 555' long, this is one of the largest
fabric covered buildings in the world. This tension fabric
structure offers distinct advantages for salt and sand
storage over other buildings. The clear-span environment,
corrosive resistant materials, and quality engineering make
this the perfect building for this application. It is a
strong, environmentally secure way to protect salt from the
Once site preparation and
foundation piles were complete, an installation crew of ten
arrived to install the tension fabric structure.
Vincent Logan stood amazed, shaking his head; "I have never
seen guys work like this in my life. They barely talk to
each other. They don't have to; they each know their jobs.
And they don't stop! Its not that they're rude, they're just
Capital District Salt's tension fabric building carries a
design load of 55 pounds per square foot and will withstand
60 mile per hour winds. The fabric building is designed with
a one day snow-shed.
The center purlin at the ridge is lower than the top edge of
the truss. It serves as a divider bar. The weight of the
snow presses downward across the purlin, creating a break in
the snow. The snow simply slides off.
From preliminary site work to
move in was a mere 12 weeks. "We couldn't be happier. Each
of the contractors came in, did their job and they did it on
time," said Logan.
The 83,250 sq. ft. salt
storage facility took only 12 weeks to construct.
Only 2 days were required to
the steel frame.
salt storage facility is able to
house a 100,000 ton
stockpile of salt.