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Fabric structure purchase and installation

Fabric structure purchase and installation

Fabric structure purchase and installation

I've been asked to come up with a specification for fabric-covered structures to replace two old salt domes. Would anyone be willing to share their specifications or experiences with these?

Also, could a typical public works crew assemble these structures, or should the supplier do it? I'm asking because the labor in one preliminary quote we got is 2 1/2 times the structure cost. This bumps the cost up tot he point we'll need legislature approval for the purchase.


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RE: Fabric structure purchase and installation

Maybe you and your local crew can do the foundation and site work, etc. But, I’ll bet that if you assemble and erect the structure, you will relieve the vendor of almost all contractual responsibility for any and all problems with the structure. It’ll all be your fault, no matter what. Maybe your crew could provide half of the labor with the vendor’s crew providing the other half, along with the project management, etc. You better get this kinda stuff ironed out early in the game.

RE: Fabric structure purchase and installation

are you in usa? i'm in New England USA and got a quote last year for a 55'x80' fabric structure with endwalls and a clear height of 20' for $100k, of which $28k was install price. That price was the only point of reference i have as i've never shopped this before but your reference to 2-1/2 X labor made me blink and dig up that quote.

RE: Fabric structure purchase and installation

Darth, I'm not that far away in eastern NY. We have a quote for $117,000 for a 35 x 40 x 12 structure on a 6' concrete block wall. The fabric structure is $21,000, and labor is $40,000. I missed the extra $4k for the end wall when I wrote the original post. The wall is about $17k, and labor for the wall is $27k. The rest is design and shipping. It's probably more because we have to pay prevailing wage.

dhengr, that's a good point about the warranty.

My glass has a v/c ratio of 0.5

Maybe the tyranny of Murphy is the penalty for hubris. - http://xkcd.com/319/

RE: Fabric structure purchase and installation

My parish recently got a quote (April) for an insulated 65'x80' structure with 28' inside clearance from Clear Span in Windsor CT:

the building, including end walls, doors, & windows, is $83,500; the installation is $36,000; installation of the insulation package is $36,000; exhaust system $1,300; engineering $7,500. The foundation cost isn't included.

We're in northeast PA.

RE: Fabric structure purchase and installation

Hey BB, my quote was from clearspan in windsor ct too. i'm guessing AC is pricing with them too b/c eastern NY is definitely in the region. one thing to look into is whether or not the building can be insured. i understand that they get treated differently from regular buildings, but i haven't looked into it much further and am going off 3rd person hearsay of what farmers have told him.

RE: Fabric structure purchase and installation

darthsoilsguy2 - thanks for the insurance tip; that's important for what we're want to do. We're converting the gym of the parish school into a church but we need to build a gym first. We haven't decided yet if we're going with the fabric or some other type of building, pole barn, PEMB, etc.

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