When stored salt needs to be kept dry, corrosive building materials just won’t work. The team at Gunther Salt turned to a fabric building with hot dip galvanized solid steel frames as a long-lasting storage solution.
- 108 ft x 260 ft (28,080 sq ft)
- ExxoTec™ Elite PVC fabric cladding (blue with white roof)
- Frames designed for 875 lb/linear foot conveyor and catwalk load
- 18-in overhangs with mesh ventilation intake and icebreakers
- Precast concrete panels create storage bins
- 20 psf snow load, 90 mph windspeed, wind exposure C, enclosed, full exposure
- Building use: Agricultural salt storage
28,080 sq ft
St. Louis, MO
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.
Legacy was very easy to work with.
The old buildings used tubular steel, and no matter what you do, the salt gets inside the tubes and corrodes them. They came out here with their crew, rented all their equipment, and erected the buildings in three weeks flat – a week ahead of schedule. It's a stand-up company.
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.
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