Pontotoc Sands Company has invested in new storage facilities totalling approximately 20,000t in capacity, due to the increased demand for frac sand near El Reno, Oklahoma.
The company chose a fabric building for the expansion based on the flexibility of flat storage, as well as previous experience with fabric buildings. After researching suppliers, they chose a steel-framed building from Legacy Building Solutions.
Pontotoc Sands owner Josh Lehde said: "We chose the Legacy building after finding their website.
"We liked the solid frame and the construction method used on their buildings."
Fracking is a fast-moving industry, so speed of construction was a priority, as well as cost and the ability to relocate the building in the future.
Lehde added: "I like these fabric structures, they are cost-effective to put up, you can put them just about anywhere and you can move them to a new location as our hotspots change."
Less than two months elapsed between Lehde’s first contact with Legacy and installation being completed.
The finished building was from Legacy’s Eco series. Eco-buildings use a solid steel frame and a single sheet of 15oz polyethylene fabric for the roof and walls.
The cover is double-layered and laced to the frame, which prevents friction from damaging the fabric. This method means a lower cost and faster installation than traditional buildings.
Legacy and Pontotoc partnered together to design and build the structure for maximum efficiency.
The building uses a 10ft-high cast-in-place concrete wall foundation, a choice that allows the company to pile and load their sand.
A 20ft-wide, 25ft-high rolling steel coil overhead door makes the building accessible to heavy equipment, while fixed-blade aluminum louvers provide ventilation throughout the structure.
After the design was completed, Legacy dispatched a crew to install the building, as well as two other fabric buildings that Pontotoc had purchased but never installed.
The partnership between the two companies meant a smooth process.
Lehde noted: "We had clear expectations, we prepped the site, there were a few days before it shipped, and once the crews arrived we were pretty hands-off."
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