Kingscliff, Australia (PressExposure) September 29, 2011 -- Fabric tensile structures have provided an idea solution for disaster relief in Christchurch, NZ and Missouri USA. One of the major advantages of tensile fabric structures is rapid mobilization. This has been key to providing urgent disaster relief in Christchurch, NZ after recent devastating earthquakes, and in Missouri, USA after a destructive tornado.
On May 24th 2011 in Missouri, USA, tornados ravaged the area leaving hundreds dead and the area devastated. Within just days of the disaster, Fabick Cat, the oldest Caterpillar Dealership in the US determined to get back into business despite losing their entire facility. Allsite Structure Rentals was contacted to supply three fabric structures to replace the company's destroyed facilities. Construction began on June 6th and within four days, Fabrick Cat was back in business and plans were being made for additional facilities to follow.
On the heels of the recent earthquake devastation in Christchurch, NZ a 2600m2 building was supplied as "The Westpac Business Hub" acting as a business hub for organizations affected by the recent natural disasters.
The Alu-Span TFS structure which was previously installed in Auckland City for a remediation project was urgently transported to Christchurch for the disaster relief. Installed in under 10 days and opened in June. The fabric structure now serves as a free business hub to service an urgent and very real need of desolated Canterbury businesses. Up to 300 people at a time can be accommodated in the tensile structure which provides all the normal business facilities as well as meeting rooms which will offer local buyers, suppliers and business owners a chance to meet in comfort and away from the chaos. With a meeting place such as this, local companies will be able to get back to business and back to rebuilding the local economy; a necessary task in the reconstruction of Christchurch as a city.
Fabric structures provide economical solutions for a variety of applications, including disaster relief structures. The ideal structural solutions can be provided within days and structures are built to meet any weather condition, in any climate. The tensioned membrane allows the structure to be either a short or long term solution with a lifespan of 20+ years. Structures are fully recyclable and relocatable and therefore can reduce operating costs due by utilizing diffused natural daylight. They can be rapidly erected and dismantled, making them an ideal solution for community disaster relief.