Highlands county road & bridge department

Challenge – Storing supplies for emergency response
Solution – Metal Beam Building
Size – 40′ wide x 60′ long
Application – Emergency supply storage

Having started with the Highlands County Road and Bridge Department back in 2015, Operations Supervisor Chris Pruzinsky knows firsthand the importance of having an adequate storage facility. In the past, Pruzinsky and his team have had to rely on various buildings on their property, which failed to meet their needs and became an inconvenience.

Eventually, the road and bridge department decided to seek out a new building solution, so they could store all their supplies in one protected space and work more efficiently when responding to emergencies. As a member of Sourcewell, the county was able to choose from an extensive database of contracted building suppliers, where they discovered ClearSpan.

“We found ClearSpan on Sourcewell, which makes it easier to do business with a company,” said Pruzinsky. Sourcewell is a government agency that provides its members with cooperative purchasing contracts under the guidance of the Uniform Municipal Contracting Law. Through this process, businesses and municipalities are able to skip the bidding process, saving time, effort and money, while getting the building or product they need from a trusted, reputable source.

After conducting his search, Pruzinsky opted for one of ClearSpan’s Metal Beam Buildings, which are known for their strength, longevity and spacious interiors. At 40′ wide by 60′ long, the structure features no interior support posts, maximizing the department’s usable area for storing emergency supplies. “There’s way more room in here than the buildings we were using before,” said Pruzinsky. “It has improved our ability to respond to emergencies, like hurricanes, and it also frees up the space we were borrowing to be used for other applications.”

The road and bridge department appreciated the streamlined process of doing business with ClearSpan. Facilitated by Sourcewell, their entire project was expedited, and ClearSpan’s Building Specialists were able to provide them with a smooth, stress-free experience. “ClearSpan was a great company to work with,” said Pruzinsky. “They helped us in every way to get the job done right, even providing plans for the building and floor foundation ahead of time, which was very useful.”

For more information on the Highlands County Road and Bridge Department and their ClearSpan structure, visit www.highlandsfl.gov. 

RWS Custom Homes

Challenge – Screening and delivering topsoil regardless of weather
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 65′ wide x 100′ long
Application – Topsoil storage

RWS Custom Homes, founded by Bob and Sally Shuster, is a family run business that develops land and builds residential homes in their community. Founded in 1988, the company continues to be one of the biggest land developers in the area and specializes in beautiful backyards to go along with their home designs.

As a result of developing land, the business consistently had large quantities of topsoil that they paid to have removed from different sites. In 2017, they decided to turn this into a business opportunity, and purchased a screener to start selling screened topsoil.

At the recommendation of a friend who had worked with ClearSpan in the past, Bob Shuster sought out a fabric structure that would resolve his storage needs. In the end, he decided to purchase a 65′ wide by 100′ long Round HD Building as a solution. Since acquiring his ClearSpan building, Shuster says it has worked out great for his business. “We don’t have to use tarps or plastic to cover soil anymore. It’s also 37′ high, so we can load tri axles with soil inside,” he said. The business is now also able to deliver topsoil regardless of weather conditions.

A smooth construction process and the ability to talk to a ClearSpan engineer throughout the building’s assembly made Shuster feel confident about his decision. With the help of their new fabric structure, RWS Custom Homes isn’t held back by rain and wet ground conditions any longer, and they can expand on their already flourishing business.

For more information on RWS Custom Homes and their ClearSpan structure, visit www.shusterhomes.com.

The Owensboro Regional Farmer’s Market

Challenge – Inclement weather interrupting farmer’s market
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 60′ wide x 100′ long
Application – Coverage for seasonal farmer’s market

The Owensboro Regional Farmer’s Market has operated as a non-profit to serve the residents of Owensboro, Kentucky since 1983. The market, which is open annually from April to October, provides a space for local vendors to sell food and homemade goods, such as fresh produce, pastries, wine, soaps, lotions and more. With its welcoming environment, the farmer’s market has become a go-to destination for locals who want to shop while also engaging in their community.

Like many farmer’s markets, vendors participating in Owensboro Regional previously set up small tents to cover their tables, while customers traveled from one stand to another, mingling and making their purchases. Unfortunately, inclement weather often interrupted the festivities, leaving customers in the rain and vendors without a day of profits. Those in charge of the market decided to invest in a ClearSpan fabric building as an economical solution to prevent this ongoing disturbance.

Bruce Kunze, a member of the market’s Board of Directors, discussed how the new ClearSpan building has helped business continue, no matter the weather. “The canopy has allowed us to be open with every kind of weather we have. If it’s a rainy day, customers are underneath the canopy, so they’re not going from tent to tent the way we used to,” he said.

The translucent fabric cover further benefits vendors and shoppers by allowing sunlight to filter through, while also providing temperature regulation in the warmer months. “It’s probably ten degrees cooler underneath the canopy than it would be if we were out in the parking lots,” Kunze continued, noting that customers appreciate the shelter from the sweltering summer sun.

Ultimately, the addition of the ClearSpan structure has contributed to the market’s overall goal of creating an inviting space for the community to gather. Kunze said, “We hoped to create an atmosphere where people would want to be here and would want to gather and stay. We’re seeing that more now than we did before. It creates a feeling of community. We got the new building, and we’ve been open for a little bit over a year, and it’s just been a huge success for us.”

Kunze also believes the ClearSpan building has made a positive impact in sales at the farmer’s market. “People want to come in and spend time and visit with their neighbors and friends. I think the vendors love it because the longer people are here, the more they shop,” he said.

For more information on the Owensboro Farmer’s Market and their ClearSpan structure, visit www.owensbororegionalfarmersmarket.org.