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Twenty-Two BIGGER Fiberglass Buildings!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Twenty-Two+BIGGER+Fiberglass+Buildings-101“We’re going to need bigger buildings!” That was the assessment that a natural gas field engineer made as he discussed equipment upgrades with Randy Cunningham, Sales Representative at Control Equipment Sales Company, who represents Shelter Works to the natural gas industry in Illinois.

Throughout America, there are underground fields that provide local storage of natural gas supplies in rural areas outside of major metropolitan cities. When gas companies store the gas near where the need is, it lowers the stress on our limited gas pipelines and increases availability near the point of usage (versus housing at the point of collection). Gas stored deep underground mixes with water which can be salty and corrosive, so specialized equipment is installed at the wellheads to separate the gas from the water right at the point of retrieval.

For this particular project, simple, smaller tanks were being replaced with larger, higher-capacity tanks that allowed for greater efficiency. As demand for gas has increased, more gas and water flows in and out of the field. Because there is a greater volume of water to deal with, larger, higher-velocity water separates were specified.

“Safety and overall lifetime cost were top priorities for this project. Metal buildings tend to corrode quickly in this environment, while fiberglass is extremely low maintenance. Shelter Works builds such a high-quality, structurally sound shelter, the engineers were very happy to specify the Shelter Works buildings,” Cunningham explained. “They did look at other suppliers, but in the end, they chose Shelter Works for their field equipment protection. We have had a long-standing relationship with the people of Shelter Works, so we knew they would deliver a strong product.”

 

Shelter Works worked with Cunningham and his client to design and build twenty-two 12’ x 14’ x 10’ fiberglass buildings. They also called for additional supportive structures to be embedded within the walls, and because this particular field is in a cold weather climate, they specified two and half inch foam in the walls and 3 inch foam for the roof. Any heat coming from the equipment gets trapped in the building, heating it nicely.  to protect the equipment and the people who service that equipment. In addition to upgrading the equipment, the engineers wanted to improved safety features and therefore specified more structurally sound buildings for the project. The ten-foot tall buildings and hipped roofs made it more comfortable for employees to service equipment, and strategically located windows allowed more light to enter the building.