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De Blauwe Bak Recycling Moves into Fabric Covered Building


DeBlauwe Bak Recycling

Special leg extensions were used to give extra height to the building.


Location: Netherlands
Building Size: 131
.2' Wide x 131.2' Long
Application: Recycling
Sorting Facility Building


De Blauwe Bak Recycling completed a large expansion of their  sorting operation in Heerhugowaard. Owner Frank Koopman  decided last year to cover a large part  of his building site rather than facing  the problems involved with  the mandatory collection and cleaning of run-off rain water.


After an extensive orientation, a fabric building became first choice for the expansion. The new building of 131.2' Wide x 131.2' Long (39.9m x 39.9m) is a fabric covered steel construction, which after galvanizing receives three special coating applications. The polyethelene fabric cover is designed to provide a durable and watertight application and allows a high degree of translucency during the daylight hours.


De Blauwe Bak Recycling chose a combination of green and white, which allows the building (with its lower part of 6 meters high in green) to blend in better with the surrounding trees. The standard size building has been installed with special leg extension to create more working height along the sides of the building.

The 49.2' (14.9m) high ridge includes a ventilation opening. The special side curtains along the length of the building create additional ventilation. The 13.1' (3.9m) high curtains roll from the top down, which allows for the possibility of a small opening, well above working height. For optimal use, the fabric l building and the existing metal clad building are connected through one common door opening. A fabric weather flap has been installed between the buildings along the roof line to prevent rain water from entering between the buildings.


With  this  additional 17222 sq ft (1600m2)  of covered  working area,  which  will  be provided  with a watertight asphalt  floor, the Blauwe Bak is ready for future expansion while simultaneously meeting current regulatory requirements.


The  additional  benefits  of  a  shor delivery  and installation  period,  the  very   low maintenance and illumination costs,  but certainly  also the attractive investment (compared to a traditional type building) certainly  helped to confirm Frank Koopman's choice. "We  have chosen  this fabric building for various reasons. Of course, the level of  total investment is important, but the right functionality is what counts every day of the week. We needed a building with  a high  ridge for our  crane, good working height along the sides, day light for  (low  cost)  working conditions, but also very  good ventilation possibilities.  When we dump a container of building materials we get large dust clouds. The design of the eaves, in combination with the ridge vent allows for constant air flow, even when the side curtains  are up, and clear the inside quickly of  dust  clouds."


Recycle Structure

De Blauwe Bak Recycling chose green and white which allows the building to blend in better with the surrounding trees.


Recycling Structure

"We  have chosen  a fabric building for  various  reasons. Of course, the level of  total investment is important, but the right functionality is what counts every day of


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