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Trends in Technology: Prefabricated Shelters
Other considerations for a prefabricated shelter project are site location and access, soil condition, and building foundation preparation requirements and limitations including a hazardous materials EPA study if required, state and local building and zoning codes, laws, rules, regulations, ownership rights, access road right of way legal clearance and utility availabilities. Can a large truck and a crane, if needed, drive into the building location? Can the owners of those vehicles obtain the necessary wide-load permits for driving on the roads leading up to the site? What about other items such as creature comforts (bathroom facilities or toilet rental), potential noise issues and the possible need for noise abatement, neighborhood light pollution from your outdoor security lighting system, drainage (is the site in a flood zone?), landscape needs and maintenance, access road maintenance including snow removal, security fencing including a gate at the access road entry point, and legal agreements with co-tenants, if any.
List the acquisition of the correct size, type, and number of fire extinguishers for the building and a well-equipped first aid center including an emergency eye wash station. Also include within the project’s budget all the necessary exterior and interior signs such as no trespassing, danger high voltage, emergency contact information, tower registration number and all required RF level notification signs.
Green solutions that include intelligent energy management make prefabricated structures even more attractive in today’s environmentally conscious society. Total project cost for a prefabricated shelter in most cases will be much less than comparable site-built construction. Many units are available with GSA code registration and are approved by the building department of most states therefore minimizing the time required to obtain approvals from local building and zoning departments.
Prefabricated shelters are highly practical, functional, and offer a flexible, long term, cost effective solution to many building requirements.
Bartlebaugh is director of broadcast engineering for the WKSU Stations, Kent State University, Kent, OH.
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