The Foundation

There are a number of foundation options available for use with your structure. While cost is always a factor, the first consideration in determining the proper foundation is whether the installation is a temporary or permanent.

Generally, temporary foundations will be less expensive to install but are limited in the size of buildings they will support, and will not match the longevity of permanent foundations. Temporary foundations do not normally require heavy machinery or a large workforce to install. Often a couple of people with common tools can prepare a temporary foundation. Temporary building foundations, most of which do not include a sub floor, work well for agriculture buildings, riding arenas and work areas.

Permanent foundations, often chosen because they feature a solid, durable floor as part of the foundation, are well suited for sand and salt storage buildings, fertilizer storage buildings, water treatment plants, recycling facilities and aircraft hangars.

All foundations should be approved by a local foundation engineer to ensure that they are designed to accommodate the design load requirements for the site.

A Building Foundation for Every Need

 

Elemental Shelters provides the most versatile building foundation options. From money-saving foundations that enable Elemental Shelters  to build just about anywhere to more traditional options, Elemental Shelters has the ideal foundation solution for any project.

Foundation solutions from Elemental Shelters can provide drastic savings, and many customers have saved thousands of dollars working with Elemental Shelters. The innovative Helical Anchoring System is less expensive than traditional foundations, and for many projects, Helical Anchors are a far superior option. Helical Anchors drill directly into the ground, eliminating the need for poured concrete, posts or other anchors. This feature drastically reduces the amount of required excavation and site work, leading to a cost-effective building project. This anchoring system is 100 percent temporary. The anchors make the structure easy to relocate, but also provide the strength and dependability of a permanent foundation. This enables them to be left in the ground as long as they are needed. Helical Anchors can be relocated with the structure, and as an environmentally friendly option, they can be removed without disturbing or harming the surrounding environment.

While the Helical Anchoring System is a great building foundation, Elemental Shelters also offers a number of other foundation options to meet the need of any business or individual. Elemental Shelters can build on the foundation that customers need – even existing foundations – or help find an option that best suits the project. Building foundations from Elemental Shelters include:

  • Poured concrete

  • Blocks

  • Pony walls

  • Containers

  • Piers

  • Concrete pads

  • …and more

 

For customers that need extra storage, building on containers is an ideal option. These durable metal containers provide a sturdy foundation, while also creating a secure storage space that protects valuable equipment or tools.

Whether it’s building on a difficult lot or utilizing an existing foundation, Elemental Shelters finds the perfect foundation solution for every project. Call or Request a Quote to find out how Elemental Shelters innovative foundations can help.

Hogan Stakes

A Hogan stake foundation consists of a series of high tensile steel stakes driven into the ground with a sledgehammer or a jackhammer. Typically two stakes are required at each base plate. Hogan stake foundations are usually used as temporary foundations and can be easily removed along with the building. The foundation can be installed with minimal resources and manpower with a low overall cost. This option works very well in sheltered environments. This foundation is suitable for smaller fabric structures.

Cost: $ Installation: * Type: Temporary

Duckbill Anchors

DUCKBILL® anchors essentially work like a toggle bolt in soil. The duckbills are driven into the ground providing a safe and environmentally sensitive installation. An upward pull on the anchor tendon rotates the duckbill into a perpendicular “anchor lock” position. Typically used as temporary foundations, duckbill anchor systems offer effective, lightweight and economical anchoring solutions. Duckbill anchor foundations can be installed with minimal resources and manpower with a low overall cost. This foundation is suitable for smaller fabric structures.

Cost: $ Installation: * Type: Temporary

Helical Anchor

Helical Anchors or Screw Piles are a great option for agricultural or commercial installations. Helical anchors are driven into the soil at each truss footing using hydraulic equipment capable of measuring the KPI resistance. Sizes of the piles will be determined by the size of the structures and soil conditions. Helical anchors can be used for permanent applications or temporary applications where no footprint is required upon takedown. Helical anchors require some hydraulic equipment but can be installed with minimal manpower at a reasonable cost. This foundation is suitable for medium to large fabric structures.

Cost: $ Installation: * * Type: Temporary

Wood Posts

Wood post mount foundations are a great option for structures 62’ and narrower. Wood posts are often utilized on agricultural installations for hay shelters, calving barns and even smaller riding arenas. The most common post sizes are 8”x8” treated posts, installed 4’-6’ in the ground and stand 4’-6’ above grade. Most installers will tamp the posts using pea gravel and cement powder. Wood post foundations can be installed with minimal resources and manpower with a low overall cost.

Cost: $ $ Installation: * * Type: Semi-Permanent

Ballast Blocks

Ballast Block foundations are a popular and easy to install foundation for fabric buildings. Generally ballast block foundations are used for commercial and industrial projects. These foundations can be designed and stamped by local engineers when required. Ballast block foundations are popular because they are 100% relocatable, and leave no footprint behind if the building is relocated. Ballast block foundations require heavy equipment to install but are one of the most cost-effective and versatile foundations for larger buildings.

Cost: $ $ Installation: * Type: Temporary

Shipping Containers

Shipping containers can be used as an easy, cost-effective and versatile foundation for fabric buildings up to 62 feet wide. Truss base plates are simply attached to two shipping containers to provide an extra 8’-9’ of raised foundation for fully enclosed or open end buildings. Container foundations can be designed and stamped by local engineers allowing them to be used in almost any application. Shipping container foundations require heavy equipment to install but are one of the most cost-effective and versatile foundations for small to medium fabric buildings.

Cost: $ $ Installation: * Type: Temporary

Poured In Place Piers

Poured-in-place concrete piers are created by excavating shafts at each truss footing, inserting concrete forms and pouring concrete into the form. Truss base plates embedded in the poured piers allow the building to be mounted on grade, or at ground level. Poured in place piers are normally used as permanent foundations. Pier foundations require a considerable amount of resources and manpower for installation. This foundation is suitable for medium to large fabric buildings.

Cost: $ $ Installation: * * Type: Permanent

Grade Beam

A grade beam or grade beam footing foundation consists of a reinforced concrete beam that transmits the structural load into spaced foundations such as pile caps or caissons. The grade beam foundation is built by excavating the footing area, inserting concrete forms, and pouring concrete into the forms. Grade beam foundations are employed as permanent foundations. Grade beam foundations require a considerable amount of resources and manpower for installation. This foundation is suitable for medium to large fabric buildings.

Cost: $ $ Installation: * * * Type: Permanent

Poured In Place

A complete poured-in-place foundation is constructed by pouring concrete into a form with steel reinforcing. Poured-in-place foundations can also feature pony walls, or knee walls, which are concrete formed walls that the fabric building is mounted on. Poured-in-place foundations provide a solid conventional floor, and are considered permanent foundations. These foundations require a considerable amount of resources and manpower for installation. This foundation is suitable for medium to large fabric buildings.

Cost: $ $ $ Installation: * * * Type: Permanent

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