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When it comes to adding extra shelter or expanding existing structures, DomeShelter™ Structures offer a versatile solution. In certain situations, it is possible to attach a DomeShelter™ Structure to an existing building, providing additional covered space and protection from the elements.  

Before undertaking such a project, a thorough assessment of the existing structure’s capability is crucial to ensure it can handle the additional loads and reactions from the DomeShelter™ Structure. In this article, we will discuss what you need to consider before deciding to attach a Fabric Structure to an existing building, and look at some examples of previous DomeShelter™ projects where an existing building was utilised. 

Can I Attach a Fabric Structure to an Existing Building? 

In some instances, DomeShelter™ Structures can be installed on or attached to an existing building or structure. However, we advise that full assessment of the existing/other structure is done to ensure it is capable of the additional loads/reactions imposed from the DomeShelter™ Roof Structure. 

To ensure structural integrity and safety, it is recommended that the client engage a local structural engineer who can review the existing structure, or have the engineers who designed the existing/original structure do an analysis. 

Our internal engineering team would do some preliminary work to provide details about a prospective DomeShelter™ Structure, such as forces applicable etc. This information would then be handed on to be used by the clients’ own engineers to check the existing building. 

Fabric Shelter Attached to a Building

What Can a DomeShelter™ Structure be Attached To? 

DomeShelter Australia has completed a number of Fit-For-Purpose projects in the past where a DomeShelter™ Structure was attached to an existing building. This has included a variety of building types, including: 

  • Steel sheds 
  • Concrete walled buildings 
  • Tops of shopping centres/buildings 
  • Aircraft carriers/ships & barges 
  • Oil rigs 
  • Sides of tilt-panel walled offices 
  • Wharf piers 

Attachment methods to existing Structures can be quite complex, so a custom approach is needed to ensure a strong connection. Connecting to a modified container or steel shed may require welding brackets to support the DomeShelter™ Structure’s arches, whereas bolt-able plates may be needed to fix to concrete walls, etc. 

The Capital Hub DomeShelter Structure Attached to Building

Engineering Requirements for Fabric Shelters 

It is important to get a full analysis done to check the structural integrity of the existing structure before installing any additional shelter structure as doing so increases the loads imposed on the buildings. A lot of buildings may appear strong enough, but in reality they may not be. Not getting an engineer to assess this could result in failure of the structure; this can lead to damaged equipment, injury or loss of human life. 

DomeShelter™ Structures Mounted on/to Buildings: Case Studies 

DomeShelter Australia have completed a number of past projects where DomeShelterStructures were attached to existing buildings.  

A few years ago, a 21m wide by 32m long Truss DomeShelter™ Structure was manufactured for Gallarz Investments, to be added to a shopping centre in Nigeria.  

Fabric Shelter Attached to a Building

This was an extremely complex project, with the DomeShelter™ Structure mounted onto a five-storey building. The DomeShelter™ Structure provides protection from the elements to create a covered internal courtyard where events can be held. 

Another project for Proquip in Kewdale saw a 17m wide by 12.2m long DomeShelter™ Structure mounted on double-stacked containers on one side and attached to the side of an existing concrete building on the other. 

Fabric Shelter Attached to Building

Get In Touch

If you’re interested in extending your existing infrastructure with a fully-engineered Fabric Shelter, get in touch with the DomeShelter™ Team today. Our experienced team can assist you in understanding your full project scope and deliver a solution that is Engineered to Protect.

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