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Prefabricated Fiberglass Buildings Customized to Meet The Customer’s Need

Thursday, February 7, 2013


fiberglass structure being moved onsiteQuestion: How do you protect ultrasonic and coriolis meter runs as well as flow control valves and instrumentation from severe winter weather and allow for regular inspections of the equipment without disturbing the pipes that run throughout the wilds of Montana?

Answer: Knockout Panels

All of the Shelter Works buildings are custom-made, so every day we design buildings with customized knockout panels, bulkheads, or other special formed openings to meet the specific requirements of our customers.

inside a pump station fiberglass shelterPTS Fabrication manufactures pipeline equipment for the natural gas and liquid petroleum industries, including measurement, regulation, filtration, flow control,  testing and analysis. We spoke with Matthew Fessenden, General Manager of PTS Fabrication, to ask why he uses Shelter Works buildings for his projects: “Shelter Works provides the perfect solution for our needs, allowing access to our meters and piping for inspection and services without disturbing the shelter.”

Flexible in Design: Typically the gas measurement or regulation instrumentation being installed hooks up to pipes 2 to 36 inches in diameter.  While the equipment needs to be in a temperature controlled environment, the pipes extend out from the building. Fessenden explains, “By having the knockout panels, the piping sections can be easily removed, pulling a single spool for regularly-occurring inspections without disturbing the whole building.”

Pipes going in and out of a custom shelterFully Equipped: Because of the equipment they house, the interiors can be considered potentially hazardous locations.  To meet electrical codes, Shelter Works equips these shelters with Explosion-Proof electrical packages including lights, heaters and ventilation for the benefit of the equipment and the people who service it..

Resilient in all types of weather: The shelter has to pass certain snow load and wind load requirements due to the harsh environment of northern Montana.  Temperatures can drop below -50° in winter and rise to over 100° in summer.

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