Grain Storage Fabric Structure | P&H Gladstone Site

Customer name: Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. Gladstone Site
Building size and series: 160′ x 455′ Genesis Building Series
Building use: Grain Storage
Overview of business and benefits of the building: 

The Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. (P&H) Gladstone Site, located in Manitoba, Canada, is a grain handling facility. The facility takes in grains and oilseeds from local area producers, and then cleans, conditions, blends and ships these products to either end use flour mills, crushing plants, or to export terminals.  It consists of a concrete warehouse, and a custom 160’ x 455’ Britespan fabric building used as a flat storage grain shed. The flat storage building was designed to provide an economical solution for grain storage. It consists of a 500 mt/hour inload system, and a 1000 mt/hour unload system. It is divided into three compartments with concrete barrier walls, and automated bin cleaning equipment. The capacity of the flat storage is around 42,000mt.

Gord Braun is the Manager of Capital Assets at P&H. His role includes looking after the planning, implementation, and construction of new facilities in the Prairie Provinces, as well as the repair and maintenance of the plants.

“We had previously worked with Ben Hogervorst (President at Britespan), when he was an Authorized Dealer for Cover-All. Ben had gone out of his way to help us solve some challenges we were having when trying to construct another fabric building. When he told us he had started Britespan, we were happy to work with him again on future projects,” says Gord. “This is our second Britespan building.”

“This facility was custom built to meet our specific building needs. The building truss centers were reduced to provide for a greater weight carrying capacity. This was important to us as we have an overhead conveyor system supported by the trusses. Ben worked with us to ensure the building was engineered to meet our requirements,” says Gord.

Gord says the most notable benefits of the building is that it is clean, dry, and very bright. “The most important feature is that it provides protection of our products from the elements, at a reasonable cost. The building allows us to easily and efficiently access the large amount of storage inside of the building.”

When comparing a Britespan fabric building to a conventional building, cost-efficiency and speed of construction was important to P&H. “The biggest difference I can comment on is cost. It costs us significantly less to have one of these buildings built, compared to conventional storage for grain. The other difference is the speed at which it can be built, only a few weeks from start to finish,” says Gord.

Gord says the crew they worked with on this facility were very good. “We are very happy with the installation and have been contacted several times to follow up. If we did happen to have an issue, it was dealt with in a very timely manner.”

“I would absolutely recommend Britespan to others looking for a similar building solution, and already have. Britespan is willing to work with the customer to design the right building for the intended use. It makes economical storage a reality.”