Service Dog Project, Inc.

Challenge – Building replacement after collapse
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 60′ wide x 80′ long
Application – Indoor training arena

For more than 30 years, Service Dog Project, Inc. (SDP) has provided a suitable home and training facility for Great Danes. The not-for-profit organization on the North Shore of Massachusetts is accredited by Assistance Dogs International and sits on 12 scenic acres made up of kennels and large fields. When their traditional wooden pole barn used for training purposes collapsed in a blizzard, SDP President Carlene White was in need of a new, sustainable facility.

“After doing a little research when my old arena collapsed during a snow storm, I decided that I wanted a building from ClearSpan Fabric Structures,” stated White. “I’ve been using ClearSpan’s affiliate company, FarmTek, for many years, so I was familiar with their reputation. After comparing ClearSpan to two other companies, I determined that the structural steel and fabric cover were much more durable.” The staff at Service Dog Project extensively trains each dog individually, based on the needs and requirements of the applicant, which range from children to military veterans to patients with multiple sclerosis.

Another aspect that intrigued White was the abundance of light that permeates into the structure. “I enjoy the building because of the natural daytime light. Our work takes place during the day and we haven’t had the need to install any supplemental lighting,” she said.

Furthermore, the unique design and the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fabric covers that make up a ClearSpan building provide a much more comfortable environment, with temperatures up to 20 degrees cooler in the summer and 20 degrees warmer in the winter. “I’ve really been pleased with the abundant storage capability in the building without sacrificing any room,” said White. “The benefits for me in the winter have been twofold. I no longer have to worry about the building collapsing, because snow and ice slide off with ease. The footing inside the building – since it’s dirt – is ice free, providing an optimal environment for the Great Danes to stretch and run full speed.”

The 60′ wide by 80′ long Hercules Truss Arch Building from ClearSpan has been an exceptional and trouble-free addition to the 65 Great Danes, 40 volunteers and dedicated staff at Service Dog Project. “The building has been perfect!” exclaimed White. “It’s naturally well lit in every corner, and has been very useful.”

To learn more about Service Dog Project and their ClearSpan Fabric Structures, visit their website at