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  • Signature Installs Structure at Tooele Army Depot

    Tooele Army Depot TFS Structure Install

     

    Background

    In 2009, the US Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center purchased a TFS style tension fabric structure system for use in connection with a project at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Edgewoood, MD. For various reasons the structure was never deployed.  It was kept in storage and in January of 2016 another project, this one located at Tooele Army Depot in Utah offered the Army the opportunity to utilize the structure system.  However, it was unclear that the original company that sold the structure was still capable of installing it.  Also, no original drawings or specifications were available to assist whomever would eventually be installing the structure system.  The Army also did not know if all of the necessary parts to properly install it were intact.

     

    Solution

    The Army clearly needed a company with the expertise and experience to ensure that a) all of the parts needed to safely and properly install the system were present or could be procured, and b) could potentially install the system without the construction drawings and specifications that would typically be present. When the Army reviewed the Statement of Qualifications submitted by Signature Structures, it was clear that they were the right company for the job.  All of Signature’s personnel, from the owner to the engineers, to the installers in the field had extensive knowledge of the TFS system and decades of experience.

     

    Details

    The main structure is approx. 60’x41′ with a roll-up door and single personnel door on one end and a roll-up door and double personnel door on the other end. Attached to the double personnel door is an approx. 42’x10′ structure with 2 internal single doors and a door at the end. On the other end of the main structure is an approx. 20’x15′ structure that connects against the roll-up door and has its own roll-up door at the end. The structure has an outer fabric layer, an inner fabric layer, and insulation.  The first thing Signature’s site supervisor did was inspect the system on the ground and inventory all parts.  Parts that were missing or damaged were quickly and cost-effectively replaced thanks to Signature’s ability to work with a vast network of suppliers.  The structure system was then installed by a composite crew of Signature’s installers and Army provided personnel, ahead of schedule and under budget.

     

    Customer Appreciation

    The Army was extremely pleased with the results the Signature Team provided.  They provided an enthusiastic recommendation of Signature to another military branch on a similar project. If you would like a reference, do not hesitate and please call or email us if you have any questions, 610.882.9030 or info@signaturestructures.net

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  • Signature Completes Refurbishment of Choctaw Gaming Facility

    CHOCTAW RESORT & CASINO, GRANT, OK

     

    Background

    The Choctaw Nation operates multiple casinos in Oklahoma.  At several of these locations, they chose tension membrane structures to house their gaming or entertainment operations due to their cost-effectiveness, ease and speed of construction, and flexibility. The structure at the Grant facility was originally constructed by a company that ceased operations in 2009. The fabric used on the original installation claimed a 20-25 year life span but had degraded to the point where it required replacement in less than 15 years.  In fact, the fabric had completely failed in one location, which caused the part of the framework to be exposed and damaged.  Due to this, the Tribe was forced to shut down the structure and cancel performances scheduled to held inside.

     

    Solution

    The Tribe knew exactly who to turn to. Signature Structures had constructed the gaming facility at one of their other locations and the facility was a winner, more than meeting their expectations.  They had also worked with Signature for inspections and maintenance of their facilities and knew of their attention to detail and professionalism.  They first contacted Signature to perform an emergency repair of the panel that had failed, and we mobilized practically immediately.  It was soon established, however, that the entire membrane roof needed to be replaced and a complete inspection was required to make sure the none of the structural steel was compromised.  Once again, they entrusted Signature to restore their structure and ensure its safety, longevity, and aesthetic appeal.

     

    Details

    The key part of the re-skin process that separates Signature from our competitors is our over-the-top method of membrane refurbishment allowing minimal interference with day to day operations throughout the installation process.  In this case, however, the interior trusswork needed to be exposed and inspected.  The Signature team worked closely with the Tribe to come up with a plan that ensured that no section would be exposed for an extended period, minimizing the possibility of weather exposure.  For each bay, in a single day, the old fabric was removed, the steel inspected, the insulation repaired if necessary, and the new fabric panel installed.  The entire process was completed in approximately three weeks and the Tribe was left with a structure that looked brand new and could be re-opened with confidence after a minimum of downtime.

     

    Customer Appreciation

    No structure company in the industry performs more of this type of work than Signature. Our ability to inspect, maintain, and repair any fabric structure, regardless of original manufacturer makes us one-of-a-kind.  The Choctaw Nation is thrilled with the like-new appearance and functionality of their structure, and no doubt their relationship with Signature Structures will continue long into the future.  For more information, call 610.882.9030 or email us at sales@signaturestructures.net

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  • Queen Anne’s County Relies on Signature to Maintain Structures

    Queen Anne’s County Recycling and

    Public Works Structures

     

    Background

     

    Queen Anne’s County is located in Eastern Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. Like many counties in the US, they rely on the low-cost, high quality benefits of fabric structure technology to provide them with critical enclosed space for recycling and road maintenance operations.  And like many counties in the US, they have discovered that many structure manufacturers are far more interested in selling new buildings than in providing critical service and maintenance on existing structures.  The County owns two structures, both of which have fabric covers nearing the end of their life cycles and badly needed maintenance requirements.

     

    Solution

     

    The County eventually came in contact with Signature Structures.  While a manufacturer ourselves, Signature’s core business is after-market service for fabric structures regardless of manufacturer or warrantee status.  The County hired Signature to perform comprehensive inspection, maintenance and repair services for both structures as well as provide detailed reports outlining future required maintenance to assist the County in planning and budgeting for the future.

     

    Details

     

    Signature provided an expert technician for a full week to perform the work.  The technician performed detailed inspections of the both the recycling structure on Harper Road and the salt storage structure located on Safety Road at the County’s Department of Public Works facility. Both structures showed typical signs of age– fabric tears that needed to be repaired, cables that had loosened over time, door frames that had begun to leak.  While things like fabric tears and loose cables may seem minor, the fact is that the structural stability of the overall system relies on the soundness of all aspects of construction.  Signature’s technician repaired all of these issues.  In addition to these issues, there was a potentially serious condition where water was getting trapped between the fabric and the foundation wall.  Over time, this could have led to dangerous erosion of the wall itself.  Since this was not a routine problem, a custom solution was fabricated by the technician and affected area was drained and sealed.

     

     

    Customer Appreciation

     

    The client was pleased with Signature’s professionalism and attention to detail.  We are currently working with them on a long –term annual maintenance agreement for both of their structures.  Please call or email us if you have any questions, 610.882.9030 or info@signaturestructures.n

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  • Philadelphia Eagles Choose Signature For Fieldhouse Refurbishment

    Background

     

    In 2002, The Philadelphia Eagles constructed a 56,000 square foot tension fabric structure to serve as the field house for the NovaCare Complex facility at Broad and Pattison Avenue, across the street from Lincoln Financial Field. It served as the indoor practice facility for the team as well as other activities such as youth football camps, and fan experience events.  After 15 years, however, it was time for a renovation.  The fabric was dirty and worn, partly a result of the facilities location close to a busy interstate.  Also, the team wanted to correct an oversight in the original design that was limiting the availability of the facility in the summer– the structure was not air-conditioned.

     

    The Challenge

     

    Because the renovation included much more than simply replacing fabric, the organization needed to find a company that could provide a full range of services including design, engineering, fabrication and installation.  The original structure was a custom design which meant that any retrofit items would need to be designed and engineered to ensure seamless integration.  Also, since the structure was not originally air-conditioned, there was no need for insulation.  A new system would need to be designed to allow for the attachment of fiberglass insulation in the cavity between the inner and outer membranes.  This would also mandate the design of a new attachment system for the inner membrane liner.  And all of this work needed to be completed in the very short period of time between the end of mini-camp and the opening of training camp.

     

    The Solution

     

    The Eagles chose Signature for a number of reasons: We offered the full line of services necessary to carry off this major renovation including design, engineering, fabrication and installation. Our team is the most experienced in the industry with well over 100 years combined experience.  We specialize in this type of work, having performed refurbishment services to countless clients, regardless of original structure manufacturer.  Signature fabricated all new tensioning hardware to install the new outer membrane over the steel frame utilizing Signature’s proprietary over-the-top method of membrane replacement which allows minimal interference with day to day operations throughout the installation process.  A retrofit R-19 insulation system and a new inner liner completed the renovation.  All of this was done on time and on budget.

     

    Customer Appreciation

     

    No structure company in the industry performs more of this type of work than Signature. Our ability to inspect, maintain, and repair any fabric structure, regardless of original manufacturer makes us one-of-a-kind. The Eagles now have an indoor practice facility that  looks like new and will give them many more years of useful life.  For more information, call 610.882.9030 or email us at sales@signaturestructures.net

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  • Best Hall & Signature To Work Together

    Signature Structures & Best Hall form a partner relationship to bring customs designed fabric building solution.

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  • Telluride Amphitheatre Project Featured

    Signature Structures case study for town of Telluride Amphitheatre completed in October. For additional information on this project or for how we can support your tensile roof replacement, please Click Here or call our main office at 610.882.9030

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