What Size Do You Need?

We have hundreds of “standard sizes” to meet the many needs of our customers, and our shelters cover the broadest range of applications. Generally, we offer our buildings in increments of 2 feet, and the widest building we can ship in one piece is about 16 feet wide with lengths in excess of 50 feet. When necessary, we have made many larger buildings that have been shipped to the job site in two pieces for those customers that need larger structures.

Standard height for our buildings are 6′, 8′, 9′ and 10′, but any custom heights are available to meet the needs of your particular application.

How Much Do Our Shelters Weigh?

Many people specify a Shelter Works enclosure because it it so much more lightweight than a typical steel or concrete structure. Our buildings weigh just 2.25 pounds for every square foot of surface area (or 3.75 lbs/sq ft if they are reinforced with OSB), so the weight of a typical 8 x 8 x 8′ equipment shelter that is IBC-compliant would be as follows:

  • Concrete: 19,000 lbs.
  • Steel: 2,215 lbs.
  • Shelter Works composite buildings: 1,200 lbs.

That’s 30% less than the metal building and 92% less than the weight of the concrete building!

Note: Because every project carried different requirements, these weights do not include floors or integration equipment like HVAC units, etc. that might  be included in the final weight of an entire project.

Even though is it much lighter, our trademarked composite construction ensures that it is still pound for pound stronger than steel and can be certified to withstand hurricane force winds and hold up against Alaskan snow loads. All that backed by our unprecedented 25-Year Warranty!

There are many potential benefits to such lightweight shelters:

  • Super-fast installation (typically in hours, not days!)
  • Maximum flexibility of where it can go- precarious or extreme remote locations
  • Decreased freight costs
  • Lower costs for installation (particularly labor costs)
  • Less complicated foundations
  • Higher safety – very low risk of injury during installation

There are many scenarios that might be great for such a lightweight product, such as:

  • Located on top of buildings in downtown Chicago
  • Underground in a coal mine
  • Remote locations in the Rocky Mountains
  • Onboard an ocean liner
  • Locations inaccessible by roads (like right near the Arctic Circle!)

The type of equipment typically used to install a Shelter Works prefabricated building is commonly found at most construction sites (a backhoe, a front loader or some other machinery that can lift the weight of the prefabricated shelter by the lifting rings that come standard on every building).

Note: If necessary, we can ship the shelter  flat, although that is not common.

Do you have a remote location or a situation where a lightweight solution would be just right?
Then call the engineers at Shelter Works and let them help you with your next field equipment protection needs.