construction warehouse structure

Project Description

Industry: Construction
Location: North East of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Application: Highway Interchange Construction
Building Size: Convertible from 60’ / 65’ / 90’ / 100’ wide x 100’ long x 38’ high FastCover Engineered Double Truss Structure

Building Features

These unique FastCover were used during the construction of the Province of Manitoba highway interchange at PTH101 & PTH59. The structures were used during the construction phase to cover the concrete pours of all overpasses as per Manitoba Legislation. The covering of concrete pours is done to ensure the specifications for the concrete mix are not compromised in any way as a result of external elements such as weather. Because a multitude of overpasses required this service, FastCover worked with the client to develop two core structures that could each be extended in width to accommodate the various widths of each overpass. Each size configuration would be erected and dismantled numerous times over the course of the two year project and the design and construction of the FastCovers lent it perfectly for such a project. Prior to full production, a full mock-up of the side foundations were set up on the FastCover property to test fit trusses mimicking the actual site conditions. 

The FastCovers needed to be the full clear span of the actual width and the ends needed to be rapidly deployed in the event of inclement weather. Devising multiple roll-up fabric doors on a pulley system resolved this challenge.

Each combination of size was erected and dismantled 5-7  times. As you can imagine, the client required on-call service in the event of delayed due to misplaced hardware and technical assistance. With the FastCover facility being 10 minutes away from the site we were able to provide excellent, prompt service not only to ensure smooth transitions between installations, but also provided some fabrication services for other aspects of the project.

Upon completion of this particular project the smaller combination structure found a new home in Fort St.John, Alberta and the larger one, as shown being erected, landed in Bow River, Alberta. Being such a robust structure allowed the client to re-purpose these structures to other projects, in turn providing them with a greater return on their investment.  

Having moved into a new facility in Winnipeg as a result of exploding growth, they soon recognized that additional warehouse space was required. Although their pump product is very robust it is important to keep it in pristine condition prior to installation. The client wanted to continue using their current forklift fleet and decided that pouring asphalt as the floor would allow their new FastCover to remain clean, tidy and easy to maneuver their forklifts. With this decision in mind it was determined that the most economical and effective method of grounding the structure was to use concrete lock blocks. The height of the structure met their needs so the blocks were place internally to hold the structure. 

This FastCover being fully portable has a full baserail allowing it to be placed directly on the asphalt making this block application simple. The addition of the optional FastCover flat bar opening in the overhead doorway ensures a smooth transition in and out while lifting heavy loads.

The FastCover 46’ wide accommodates commercial racking very well and the customer has used one side to warehouse frequently required parts and the other for palletized pumps ready for shipping. With the main fabric being white, it transmits approximately 80% of the natural light through making it a great environment to work in without lighting during daylight hours and the UV inhibitor built into the fabric ensures that painted product and rubber components are  not in danger of fading or cracking.