Case Study

Solar Ship, Inc.
Off-grid Aircraft Assembly Hangar

40,597 sq ft Tension Fabric Aircraft Assembly Hangar
Brantford, Ontario


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The Rundown

This off-grid building in Brantford, Ontario, is designed to manufacture and maintain large aircraft. Rooftop solar panels and a back-up generator provide all the power required for the MegaDoor and other building systems.

Customer Success

“Legacy Building Solutions has given Solar Ship more than just a state-of-the-art hangar and assembly building. Through our close collaboration, their design incorporates a self-reliant photovoltaic power package that sits above the fabric roof, allowing our building operations to be entirely off-grid. In addition, Legacy’s foundation design allowed us to re-use an existing concrete pad, saving us time and money during construction. These innovations were part of our top-level requirements, and delivering on them really sets Legacy apart from the traditional building segment.”

Lewis Reford | Solar Ship

Feature Details

  • Building size: 176’ x 230’ 8”
  • 60’ eave clearance, 82’ high at peak
  • Primed gray steel frame with 15 oz. FR PE fabric – white with blue trim
  • 164’ x 59’ bi-parting hangar door on endwall
  • Solar panels on roof for off-grid operation of solar-powered aircraft
  • 1.5’ overhangs with mesh soffits and RV-3000 peak vents for ventilation without power
  • Legacy provided design assist and project manager services
  • 1.18 kPa roof rain-on-snow load, .42 kPa windload, partially enclosed, fully exposed, standard occupancy
  • Building use: Off-grid assembly hangar for solar-powered aircraft

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