“How much does this building weigh?”
That was the most frequently asked question by visitors to our booth at last week’s IWCE trade show. Booth traffic was heavy as engineers learned more about our composite fiberglass buildings, which some had never considered using for telecom applications before.
Engineers in the telecom industry usually specify a steel or concrete communications shelter to protect their equipment. They are used to traditional-style fiberglass construction (which is NOTHING like how we make our buildings!), so for many, this may have been the first time they were considering something different.
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.