• Large area maintenance shelters (LAMS) are just one military use of fabric structures.

Tension Fabric Structures (TFS) for Military

Legacy Building Solutions specializes in airplane hangars, large area maintenance shelters (LAMS), repair facilities for wheeled vehicles, MRO facilities, TechOps buildings, and fitness shelters and MWR applications. Our fabric buildings require short lead times and are customizable to any conditions, making them perfect for MILCON applications.

Once onsite, fabric structures are erected up to twice as fast as traditional building materials. For maximum speed, our experienced Legacy installation teams are quickly deployed for construction, or we send a tech rep to assist the onsite staff in building and maintenance. Post-construction, only occasional maintenance is required, which is performed from ground level without special tools.

Legacy engineers our design-build structures for code compliance. Whether you’re facing high winds, seismic threats or heavy snow, our engineers and architects create a structure on reinforced trusses with cross-bracing and purlins for maximum safety and longevity.

Fabric structures are relocatable, expandable and may be reduced as needed. Lightweight fabric is rolled up and shipped at a fraction of the cost of heavy steel panels, with no protrusions to allow moisture to penetrate virtually eliminating the cause for corrosion.

Legacy buildings use rigid frame construction. Solid steel with architectural fabric cladding allows for wide portal frames and clear span design over 300 feet wide and any length. All three building dimensions are variable, creating the unique capability custom sizing. Custom roof pitch allows maximum interior clearance while meeting code requirements for maximum height.

Customization also means options to maximize building usage. Active or passive ventilation options are available or choose an airtight envelope for environmental control. Depending on building use, a variety of doors is made available, including bi-fold doors, bottom-rolling doors, sliding doors or multiple personnel doors.

Incorporate hanging doors into the building design for maximum functionality. Other options include lighting, wet or dry fire suppression systems, smoke curtains and HVAC systems engineered into the building design and loaded onto the trusses.

We can erect fabric structures on any new or existing soil, concrete or asphalt surface. Fabric buildings can be built on any foundation, including cast-in-place, screw piles, helical, micropile/minipile, earth anchors or precast concrete. Often, the lightweight nature of fabric can require a simpler foundation and a smaller footprint than a conventional building of similar size.

Military Fabric Structures

No matter the environment or building use, military fabric buildings are warrantied against corrosion and other weaknesses. Fabric is a naturally non-corrosive material, and the solid steel frame may be hot dip galvanized or lined with fabric for corrosion protection. Many other fabric building manufacturers rely on open web trusses to support fabric buildings; we use only time-tested proven steel.


  • Large area maintenance and repair shade shelters and hangars for helicopters and aircraft.
  • Large area maintenance and repair shelters for wheeled vehicles and tanks.
  • Large area structures for fitness centers, gymnasiums and MWR applications.

Description:  Tension Fabric Structures (TFS) constructed of hot dipped galvanized, rigid steel frames with vinyl coated polyester fabric panels that lock into aluminum extrusions.

Power Requirements:  Can be equipped with lights, power distribution boxes and exhaust fans. Require 120/208 Volt, three phase 60 Hz.

Sizes:  Width: 40′ to 320′

Length:  Unlimited

Sidewall Height:  Up to 50′

Availability:  Four to Eight Weeks ARO

Transportability:  Transportable in ISO containers

Supportability:  Contractor Support

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