Engineered fabric structures are customized for a wide variety of uses. For applications requiring clear span area and unobstructed access, pavilion buildings with no endwalls or sidewalls may be the right choice.
Pavilions provide cover for everything from fairground and picnic shelters to sensitive stored material. The roof provides shade in and around the building, while the open sides allow people, vehicles and equipment – not to mention wind – to pass in and out.
Pavilion Building Framing Considerations
Like any construction project, it’s vital to consider all aspects of the pavilion building before construction planning begins. Because access is paramount to the building’s functionality, consider what equipment will be operating in and around the building. The eave height should be tall enough for equipment and tipping trucks to enter the building and maneuver inside.
The building application is also an important consideration – will stored material be contained in storage bays or arranged in windrows? Is there clearspan space inside the pavilion building for the activities that will take place inside? The pavilion needs to be designed with adequate square footage as well as clearance.
Wind loads and ventilation are especially important considerations for clearspan pavilions built for outdoor events like concert or sports venues. A fabric structure engineered to meet or exceed local wind and snow code regulations will protect the area under the building even in extreme weather – a pre-engineered or non-engineered structure may not. See an example of a pavilion building designed for 150 mph windspeed.
More Options for Pavilions
With building customization, pavilion buildings can be more than just a roof on a frame. Gabled endwalls or partial sidewalls, where just the top few feet of the building have a fabric cover, are available in custom buildings. Pavilion buildings with partial walls provide even greater protection from the sun by increasing the shade level in and around the building. By designing taller walls, there is often space for a gabled or partial wall without restricting access to the building.
Ventilation is another important consideration. While in many cases the open walls will provide plenty of airflow inside the building, in particularly sensitive environments – such as compost storage or waste processing – peak exhaust vents may be necessary to maintain air quality inside the pavilion.
Pavilions are versatile structures that include everything from practical storage solutions to shady resting places. With a little planning and preparation, it’s possible to maximize your investment by customizing the roof building to meet your current and future needs.
Ready to get started on a pavilion fabric structure for outdoor events or storage? Contact Legacy Building Solutions to get started.