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    Fabric Building Structures

    Fabric Buildings for Ports and Waterways—It’s All About Keeping Things Dry

    When Legacy builds structures at ports and waterways, we are typically part of a larger supply chain operation that involves many moving pieces. By customizing all of our buildings, our engineering team can make sure the building you need will fit in the spot where you need it—a very important consideration when working with a waterfront. Our most recent advance--EpoxxiShield™--is a suite of epoxy coatings to protect our steel frames from corrosion in almost any environment.

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    Our Process

    Design 01

    Whether you have a complete building spec or just an idea in mind, our team will lead you through the design process with expertise and efficiency.

    Engineer 02

    Our in-house engineering team leads the charge on creative solutions that benefit all project stakeholders—namely you.

    Manufacture 03

    Legacy is an end-to-end manufacturer, meaning your project will be built right on site in our 87,000 sq ft facility in St. Cloud, MN.

    Install 04

    Now to the good stuff. Your installation benefits from our safe, effective process in one of two ways—your Legacy rep onsite with local crews or full install services.

    Case Study

    Five Rivers Sand and Salt Storage

    64,200 sq ft Salt and Sand Storage Buildings | Van Buren, AR

    Five Rivers Distribution is a port storage facility that stores and distributes bulk material including chicken feed, road salt and fertilizer. In 2014, they added a 15,000 square foot Legacy building at their facility in Van Buren, Arkansas. Satisfied with the performance of two smaller “hoop” buildings already onsite, they specified a fabric structure for their new addition. After investigating the available options and consulting with other port managers, Five Rivers chose Legacy Building Solutions to design, manufacture and install the new storage buildings.

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    Five Rivers Sand and Salt Storage

    Duraport Marine and Rail Terminal Warehouse

    51,360 sq ft Drywall Storage Building | Bayonne, NJ

    Duraport contacted Legacy Building Solutions for a building designed with a cast-in-place concrete wall foundation and connect to an existing brick office building.

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    Duraport Marine and Rail Terminal Warehouse

    IEI Barge Services Storage Building

    63,010 sq ft Tension Fabric Building for Fertilizer Storage and Blending | East Dubuque, IL

    IEI Barge Services is a bulk fertilizer storage, mixing and transloading facility along the banks of the Mississippi River. In 2015, they began shopping for a bulk storage building to accommodate business growth. Poor soil conditions, along with the requirements of loading and storing bulk product and withstanding constant exposure to corrosive fertilizer, made steel buildings impractical and prohibitively expensive. “Because of our soil issues, we simply couldn’t afford to construct a more traditional building,” said Joe Bitter, general manager of Alliant Energy/IEI Barge Services. “The lightweight design of our Legacy building allowed us to reach a compromise between soil conditions and cost.”

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    IEI Barge Services Storage Building

    New Yard LLC Marine Storage Building

    19,200 sq ft Marine Storage Building | Portland, ME

    Storing boats is serious business, especially if you are in Portland, Maine. This facility protects boats with insulated walls and climate control while still allowing for natural light from the roof panels.

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    New Yard LLC Marine Storage Building

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    The Legacy construction crew was very professional and courteous.

    Because of our soil issues, we simply couldn't afford to construct a more traditional building. The concrete costs made a more traditional building cost prohibitive. The lightweight design of our Legacy building allowed us to reach a compromise between soil conditions and cost. Regarding the design and construction phases of the building, I can say that the process went exceptionally well. When I made eleventh-hour changes to the job, Legacy handled them with ease. They finished the job well ahead of schedule, worked safely, and followed our stringent safety requirements to the letter.

    Joe Bitter Alliant Energy/IEI Barge Services

    The new building will protect the salt supply.

    It will be protected from being compromised by wind and precipitation. Once the general contractor completed the footings and floors, Legacy installed the fabric building very quickly, in about two weeks. It was a very positive process with professional communication between Legacy and Dewberry throughout the project.

    Craig Swengle Dewberry Engineers

    Everything that Legacy said they were going to do, they did.

    We obviously had contracts, but the overall feel was kind of like the olden days, where you felt you could just take somebody at their word. Price is a major factor in any purchase decision. But we didn't blink at having to pay a little more for the Legacy structure. Sometimes you have to spend more to get a higher quality building. The installation was very smooth. Legacy's in-house crew worked in cold winter conditions, and they erected the building within five days. They were a very professional group, and I'd highly recommend them. We like the sidewall columns going straight up instead of curving down like in our hoop buildings. First off, it lets us put more product in there. And our front-end loaders can get much closer to the walls and drive straight down the sides. It gives us more working room and increases our efficiency. In the long run I think this will be a building that requires less maintenance. Legacy was so outstanding to work with that I didn't even bother looking at pricing elsewhere.

    Marty Shell Five Rivers
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    Whatever your industry, project, and desired application, the Legacy team of engineers will make your vision a reality. Start your project with the team who will finish strong—like our partnership.