Compare & Contrast : Temporary Fabric Buildings vs. Mobile Offices
Comparing Temporary Fabric Structures And Mobile Office Trailers For Construction Sites
Mobile office trailers are frequently used at construction sites. They are designed to provide an office where site managers and supervisors can handle the day-to-day tasks of running a construction project. Even though these mobile offices are effective, there may be an option that is even better: temporary fabric structures. The section below takes a closer look at the pros and cons of each of these options.
Conditions At A Typical Construction Site
Most construction sites have a large number of workers and a lot of equipment. Typically, the equipment is sitting out unprotected, exposed to the elements. Workers are forced to sit in the hot sun or breathe in the dust while they take breaks. Although there are usually a few mobile office trailers on-site, these buildings are typically reserved for managers and supervisors. They don’t have a lot of room inside to house workers or equipment.
Temporary fabric structures, on the other hand, provide a lot more versatility. These portable storage structures generally are much larger than job site trailers. In fact, some of the structures that are currently available are even large enough to house airplanes or heavy equipment. Once they are set up, these structures have all of the amenities of a typical building, including a floor, lighting, and the ability to control the temperature.
As you can well imagine, these structures provide a lot of versatility when used at construction sites. For example, imagine a construction site where three of these tents were set up. One of the tents could be used by workers when they are on break or eating lunch. Another could be used to house equipment. Finally, the third could be used as an office, providing managers and supervisors with a dedicated space for doing business.
Setting up the buildings is fast and easy, often taking less time that it would have taken to bring a trailer to the job site. If security is an issue, a hard wall system can be used to provide protection. Alternatively, a fence equipped with an alarm and motion detectors could be erected around the structure. Thanks to the design of the structures, they can be heated or air-conditioned as needed. As an added bonus, these structures meet the requirements of the International Building Code (IBC).
The cost of setting up and tearing down the structures is typically included in the leasing price. Thanks to the durable design of these buildings, they can stand up to extreme weather conditions, as well.
Large-scale construction projects often take a long time to complete. Instead of trying to operate out of tiny mobile trailers, installing temporary fabric structures that provide ample room makes far more sense. These structures can not only protect equipment from the weather and from being stolen but they can also provide workers with a comfortable area to enjoy their lunches or to take a break. Managing a construction project is also a lot easier when supervisors have a dedicated space that they can use for conducting business.
Depending on the needs of the project, structures that are used for dining could hold as many as 3,000 workers. Along with having built-in lighting, these structures also can have areas for cooking and preparing food. They can even help keep workers entertained on their breaks by providing them with a chance to watch television. In essence, construction company owners have the opportunity to set these structures up in whatever way they see fit, providing a comfortable space for their workers to eat lunch or take breaks.
Temporary Structures Provide Many Benefits Over Mobile Office Trailers
Mobile office trailers were once considered the best option for job sites. Today, however, more and more companies are looking into temporary warehouse structures. Portable storage buildings provide far more space than mobile trailers. They also have the ability to be climate controlled and can be used for housing equipment, sheltering workers, or conducting business.
These structures are so effective, in fact, that they are being used in a variety of different industries. You can find them at airports and private airstrips where they are being used as airplane hangers. After disasters, they can provide temporary shelter for victims. They are also being used by many businesses to warehouse goods or to house equipment. Their affordability, durability, and convenience make these temporary structures a great choice for a variety of different applications.
They are particularly beneficial when used on construction sites. From protecting equipment to providing a place where managers can conduct business, there are a variety of different ways that they can improve a typical job site.