The various methods of building a temporary building depend on what type of building you actually choose. Many buildings that can be hired do need to be installed onto a pre-prepared base, others however can be constructed directly onto existing hard ground. Once the base is sorted through the build process of most temporary buildings is fast and non-disruptive as the building has been manufactured off site; a process that is known as prefabrication.
Portable cabin type structures that are used for classrooms, offices and other public facilities are transported to site and simply craned into place as a ready to go unit. It’s hard to even consider this as a ‘build’ process as all of the actual building seems to have taken place off-site in the factory.
Other more industrial structures like warehouses or storage buildings are clearly too big to transport as a whole building so they arrive on site in modular sections which are assembled together. The frames of these buildings are usually engineered from steel or aluminium. Being significantly lighter, aluminium buildings do have one of the easiest and fastest build processes around, despite the fact they need to be assembled on site.
One of the things that makes the build process for an aluminium temporary building so quick is the frame itself. The light qualities make it feasible to bolt the frame directly onto existing level ground. Base plates are bolted to the ground and then an uplift test will be carried to make sure the building can withstand the maximum up lift force. The frame sections are then fixed to the base plates and craned into place section by section.
A build process that doesn’t need any kind of foundations creates major time and cost savings. In-fact, this type of construction process means emergency solutions can be accommodated. Temporary warehouse buildings or trading stores after fire damage can be installed on site and ready for use within a week of the initial enquiry.
It’s not just the matter of foundations, or lack of them that makes these temporary buildings so easy to build. The frame goes on to create further advantages and speed benefits. Being light, aluminium is easier to handle than steel. It is therefore easier and quicker to load up from the warehouse, transport, unload and then assemble. And, although you might think the lightweight qualities of an aluminium frame detract from strength or longevity, they don’t. Aluminium gains strength from other areas that steel doesn’t. It can flex against loads or impacts creating durability and it is highly resistant to corrosion. Although classed as temporary these industrial buildings do come with a design life of 15 – 20 years.
Once the aluminium frame is in place the steel wall panels are put in one bay at a time, the PVC roof is put in place and then pedestrian and vehicle doors added. For a typical temporary warehouse building this process can take just 4 days. And, when the need is actually temporary and the building is being hired, the dismantle and removal is just as quick, easy and hassle free. Because no ground prep was need for these types of temporary buildings, the space can easily go back to its original or a new use.