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TO STAKE OR NOT TO STAKE?
Tents for COVID-19 related purposes, such
as testing, provided brisk winter business
for a many companies, including Lafayette
Tents & Events. Photo courtesy of Lafayette
Tents & Events.
here's always a decision to be made about how to erect tents-stakes, ballast,
etc.-no matter what time of year. But erecting a tent in the winter can be a
special challenge, especially in areas where the ground is as solid as an ice block.
Joe Hynes, owner of Northeast Tent Productions in Stamford, Conn., says his
company generally uses a combination of stakes and ballast, depending on the site.
" Typically, the ground is not going to get so solid that we can't get a stake in, " he says.
Lafayette Tents & Events in Lafayette, Ind., will stake " 99 percent of our structures,
whether it's frozen or not, " says owner Keven Denney. " We use a pneumatic device
that hooks up to our skid steerer and we really haven't experienced any issues
where we couldn't put a stake in the ground. "
But, he says, " if the client wants to use ballast, we will absolutely use ballasting.
I just prefer to stake things. "
CONSTRUCTION
COMPANIES WILL
HAVE US PUT UP A
TENT AND HEAT IT
UP, AND THEN THEY
CAN POUR CONCRETE
UNDER IT FOR THEIR
CONSTRUCTION WORK.
-NELSON GRANDCHAMP,
GRANDCHAMP STRUCTURE
DESIGN
Grandchamp says, using structures that
are sometimes heated and sometimes
not, but which must be approved for
snowload. " And you need a special kind
of fabric that is designed to be good in
the winter, " he adds. " We prefer coated
fabric because it's more lexible. Stiffer
fabrics, such as clear windows and clear
tops, just can't be used in the winter. "
For tents that are heated, Grandchamp
explains, " the heat is on constantly. There's
no insulation on a winter tent. "
In recent years, Grandchamp notes,
there's been a new kind of demand
for winter tenting. " Construction
companies will have us put up a tent
and heat it up, and then they can pour
concrete under it for their construction
work. They don't have snow on
everything, and since it's heated up, the
workers are warm inside. "
WINTER SLOWS THE PROCESS
Regal Tents and Structures, based in
Stoney Creek, Ont., Canada, doesn't mess
around when it comes to constructing
tents in cold weather. According to
vice president Michelle McCulloch, the
company has been called upon to build
tenting for the National Basketball
Association All-Star Game in Toronto,
the National Hockey League All-Star
Game in Montreal and other similar
30 intents oct-nov 2021
high-proile events, and the cold
weather always provides a challenge.
" When we did the NHL game, we had
to use a laser level to make sure the loor
was level, and the liquid in the laser
levels kept freezing, " she said. " When we
were taking the tent down, there was a
blizzard and as we lowered the tent, the
arches kept disappearing in the snow. "
Regal does a lot of tenting for new
construction, allowing concrete to be
poured under the heated fabric. " If we
put up a clearspan tent and they heat
it, they're able to pour that foundation
and get a jumpstart on the construction
timeline, " McCulloch says. " One job we did
was in the middle of Saskatchewan and
we put up a 50-by-55-meter structure
that was up for about six weeks. They
poured the foundation and started some
of the walls in February to meet their
construction deadlines. "
The company uses white vinyl for
winter tents that is rated at -40° C, so it
doesn't crack in the cold.
" Tenting in the winter is a lot slower
process, " McCulloch notes. " You have to
allow for extra days because you've got
to take your time and you're not moving
as quickly. "
Jeff Moravec is a freelance writer based
in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
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