A Barn in a Box (or a Dome)
DomeFrame Carport - BR16
The BR16 is a free-standing wooden structure measuring a clear span of 16 feet, by 30 feet across. It is covered with a highly durable and translucent tensed fabric. The client selects the color of the fabric, as well as many options such us the sides of the building, the front and back walls and any necessary access doors.
The DM32 is a free-standing wooden structure measuring 32 feet diameter. It is covered with a highly durable and translucent tensed fabric. The client selects the color of the fabric, as well as many options such us the sides or second floor, windows or openings.
From 16 feet - BR16
The smallest DomeFrame is the barn sixteen (BR16). The standard model has 3 bay-areas, 4 wood arch frames, each of 16' clear span, united to the next by 10' purlins. The client may add many additional bay-areas as the application requires. Each frame is composed of 4 segments.
To 128 feet - BR128
The largest DomeFrame is the barn one twenty eight (BR128). The standard model has 3 bay-areas, 4 wood arch frames, each of 128' clear span, united to the next by 10' purlins. The client may add many additional bay-areas as the application requires. Each frame is composed of 8 segments.
What are the cost considerations?
The erection of a fabric building requires many cost items that must be considered before selecting the building supplier. These are:
- design considerations: for example, are you planning a riding arena?, or to store farming equipment?, or any highly corrosive materials?
- building foundation: an engineer must evaluate the location selected for the fabric building, the structure specified requirements, and based on this will determine the appropriate foundation
- installation: following the manufacturer's advice, the installation will require people and tools, some time ad hoc cranes, specialized skills available on-site as required
- building modifications: most often the client requires modifications, internal partitions, additional doors or ventilation windows
Who are the participants in this project?
With the input of the client, the DomeFrame/USA representative will put together a proposal identifying the General Contractor to do the building installation and any other participants in the fabric building project.
What are the expected cost savings?
A DomeFrame fabric building will bring savings in many areas. Not all of them can be quantified. These are:
- the building itself is made of pre-engineered wood; the savings are approximately 50% when compared to equivalent structures made of steel
- the shipping cost to the construction site from place of manufacturing; as this is based on weight, the savings are approximately 75% when compared to shipping equivalent structures made of steel
- the installation equipment and skills required depends on the material of the structure; in DomeFrame there are substantial savings in skill labor as we require carpenters instead of welders