Truss arch buildings can be an excellent solution for businesses looking to maximize their profitability. For recycling and waste facilities, they offer a clear span design that allows operations to maximize their space.
By Nicole Pulyado

Businesses in the waste and recycling industry are constantly looking for ways to increase efficiency while keeping costs low. Recycling can quickly become an expensive process, which means sites need to maintain strict budgets if they want to remain profitable and in business. Truss arch buildings can be an excellent solution for businesses looking to maximize their profitability. For recycling and waste facilities, they offer a clear span design that allows operations to maximize their space, and they can be clad with fabric, metal or, with hybrid buildings, a mixture of the two. These structures can be used for a wide variety of applications, including coverage for composting piles, equipment storage, housing sorting operations and more, so that businesses can incorporate versatile and economical structures into their site.

Truss arch buildings can be clad with fabric, metal or a combination of the two.

Fabric truss arch structures are one of the most economical building solutions a recycling facility can choose. These buildings simplify the design process and eliminate unnecessary materials of traditional buildings. The essential components for a fabric structure are paired down to the structural frame, a fabric cover and a foundation solution to secure the two in place. By incorporating fewer individual elements into the building, businesses have less materials to pay for and assemble.

Although a fabric structure has fewer components than traditional buildings, they continue to offer a wide range of customization options that will not break the bank. Different sizes, styles, colors and profiles are available to tailor structures to individual needs. Business owners can also opt for features unique to fabric buildings, such as breathable fabric covers that encourage ventilation to reduce lingering waste odors. Many fabric covers also let natural sunlight filter through during the day. This is a great solution for businesses looking to cut down on utility costs, because it essentially eliminates the need for artificial daytime lights.

Having a cost-effective building solution does not mean customers need to compromise on structural integrity. It is important for customers to purchase a building made of high-quality materials to avoid unnecessary replacement costs. They can also ensure longevity by obtaining a structure with at least a 50-year warranty on the building’s frame and a 20- to 30-year warranty on the fabric cover.

Facilities in search of a more traditional building appearance can also opt for a truss arch building with metal cladding. These metal structures are often constructed with distinct walls and roofing to resemble existing buildings, which makes integrating metal buildings into recycling facilities an easy process. Metal structures can be designed to resemble other buildings and further increase site cohesion.
Framing for metal buildings often differs from that of fabric structures in order to support the weight of the metal siding, which increases strength and often allows users to build a structure of any size. However, metal truss arch buildings are like their fabric counterparts, because they can provide the same clear span interior to offer maximum usable space.

Metal siding is also a great feature to offer users peace of mind. Fabric building covers are engineered to provide incredible tensile strength, but some people simply prefer to go the more traditional route. Metal buildings are the economical solution that allow these businesses to stay within budget, while still obtaining a building solution with a familiar visual design.

Truss arch structures have a number of sturdy foundation solutions that will not break the bank.

Hybrid buildings are innovative solutions that combine the best features of both metal and fabric truss arch structures. Customers can incorporate the elements that would most benefit their business into their hybrid structure.
Hybrid buildings include features from each style, such as a fabric cover for the roof and metal sidewalls, for a diverse range of benefits. A building of this configuration would be ideal for customers who prefer a more traditional appearance with metal siding, but still want the natural light many fabric covers allow to filter through during the daytime. Facilities can further incorporate custom elements as they see fit, such as extra-large doors for easy access to waste piles and open-end walls for maximum ventilation.

This takes customization to an entirely new level, allowing businesses to design a building from the ground up based on their operational needs.

Foundation solutions are a large contributing factor to keeping costs low when constructing a truss arch building. Traditional buildings often require a costly poured concrete foundation as the only sturdy solution, but truss arch buildings can be secured to the ground, both temporarily and permanently, with a variety of cost-effective foundations.

Helical anchors are an innovative foundation solution suitable for fabric, metal and hybrid truss buildings. They drill directly into the ground and can be secured in nearly any location. Classified as a temporary foundation solution, the anchors can be drilled and removed at any time if users want to relocate their truss arch building. However, helical anchors are also sturdy enough to use as a permanent foundation solution and can be left in the ground indefinitely. These durable anchors are budget friendly, because they reduce excavation costs, and are environmentally friendly by causing minimal site disturbance.

Shipping containers are an additional mobile foundation option that can be used to secure truss arch structures. Temporary foundations are a great solution for businesses that need to ensure the durability of their building, but may want to relocate the structure down the line. Users can move their building to a different position within the site or to an entirely new location instead of purchasing a different structure. Facilities looking to expand can also save money by extending many truss arch structures with additional square footage, which becomes a simple process with temporary foundations, rather than investing in entirely new buildings.

Saving Time
Waste and recycling facilities will also save when they encounter the reduced construction timelines associated with truss arch building solutions. Time is money, and it is best not to waste either when running a profitable business. Opting for a pre-engineered structure, for example, removes lengthy planning times from the purchasing process as the building design is already complete.

In addition to minimal design time, construction is also a much shorter process. Depending on time for site clearance and the building’s foundation, construction can take as little as a few weeks from start to finish with an experienced crew. This is a stark contrast from traditional buildings, which can take months to build with many unexpected delays. Shorter construction times mean less money wasted on a daily construction crew and the sooner operations can begin using their structure.

Smart Business Solutions
When businesses save on constructing new building solutions, they can invest those savings back into the operation. Site maintenance, equipment updates and new employees are just a few ways businesses can allocate extra funds, rather than putting the money into expensive traditional buildings. These smart business solutions allow waste and processing sites to remain profitable for years to come. | WA

Nicole Pulyado is a PR and Digital Content Specialist with ClearSpan Structures (South Windsor, CT), which specializes in building solutions for the waste and recycling industry. For more information, call (866) 643-1010 or e-mail