ClearSpan debuts concrete walls as storage solution

By |  March 3, 2021

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ClearSpan Structures added pre-stressed concrete walls to its lineup of foundations and cladding.

According to ClearSpan, the walls easily attach directly to structures’ frames and can turn any ClearSpan building into a storage powerhouse.

The pre-stressed concrete panels are strong and durable, the company says, allowing materials to be stored against the very edges of a building’s interior.

ClearSpan pre-stressed concrete walls are 4 ft. x 20 ft. and available in thicknesses ranging from 4 in. to 10 in. Panels can be stacked up to three high and are quickly mounted to the building’s frame for easy installation, creating a solution that is more cost-effective than traditional concrete walls and foundations.

Pre-stressed concrete walls can be used for a variety of applications and in many different industries. They work well for waste and recycling, aggregate storage, various industrial and agricultural applications.

“We often hear from customers that the cost of concrete foundation walls can be just as much as a building, often causing projects to exceed budgetary expectations,” says Geoffrey Ching, director of sales at ClearSpan Structures. “ClearSpan’s innovative pre-stressed walls can save our customers hundreds of thousands of dollars in foundation costs, and foundation engineers can then focus on footings or helical anchor systems that are designed to more efficiently anchor the building, reducing project costs.”

According to ClearSpan, the panels are compressed and tensioned with steel tendons, resulting in pre-stressed concrete that is better able to withstand tension than traditional concrete. Prestressing also decreases the risk of the concrete cracking, leading to a stronger building.

“The addition of pre-stressed concrete panels creates a more economical containment wall for aggregate material storage,” Ching says. “Pre-stressed concrete containment walls can be designed to cover the entire interior perimeter or section off a portion of the interior to separate material storage from other functions and areas of the building.”

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