Sand & Salt Storage Buildings

The Ideal Sand and Salt Storage Building

ClearSpan sand and salt storage structures are a fast, economical solution for sand and salt storage. Experience speedy sand deployment as trucks, loaders and plows can drive inside and easily maneuver throughout, due to the high clearance and lack of internal support columns. Vehicles and equipment can be stored indoors, protected from inclement weather and freezing conditions, and sand and salt structures have enough room inside to pickle sand, further ensuring that the weather will not affect operations. Natural ventilation and the abundant natural light that our fabric covers provide creates an atmosphere that keeps moisture and condensation from affecting the quality of sand and salt. Ensure a better quality product when storing sand in a ClearSpan structure, while also protecting the environment. Waterproof building covers keep rain and snow off of piles, eliminating the possibility of salt leaching out of mixed piles and contaminating streams, wells and groundwater where it can affect the surrounding areas. 

ClearSpan creates the industry’s finest sand and salt storage buildings, and quick construction and custom designs for any need, makes them ideal for government and municipal use.

ClearSpan Follows S.A.L.T.E.D The Salt Institute recommends that salt be stored in a rooted enclosure in order to provide the most economical and environmentally safe solution. Here is how ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Buildings match up to their recommendations.

S.A.L.T.E.D Salt Institute’s Storage Site Suggestions ClearSpan Features
  • Good visibility for operators
  • No direct access to heavily traveled roads
  • Warning signs at entrances
  • Security fencing
  • Safety for the surrounding environment

  • Sturdy, long-lasting buildings
  • Made with American-made steel
  • Warranty: 20-year covers & 50-year frames
  • Great visibility due to the natural light the fabric lets inside
  • No echoes to confuse or disrupt work flow


  • Easy access for equipment and delivery
  • Big enough for front-end loaders
  • Room for a 20-foot extension
  • Doors large enough to accommodate equipment

  • Structures can be left open ended
  • Doors that are large enough for vehicle clearance can be added
  • Can build a pony wall to increase structure’s height/sidewall clearance

  • Comply with local zoning ordinances
  • Required discharge permits

  • Engineered, stamped drawings
  • Follow wind and snow load regulations
  • Building permits may not be required

  • Make buildings as attractive as possible
  • Keep buildings well maintained
  • Good housekeeping around the storage site
  • Screening the storage site with fencing

  • Can be customized with different colors
  • No shadows
  • Can add dividers inside building
  • Can also store vehicles and other needed equipment

  • Permanent covered storage
  • Locate storage site to avoid long-distance hauling

  • Can be moved, if necessary
  • Covered enclosure prevents salt loss
  • Allows greater storage capabilities
  • Energy efficient, environmentally safe

  • Good drainage away from the stockpile
  • Sloping bituminous pads containing runoff
  • Installing retention curbs
  • Disposing salt brine in conformance with applicable federal and state regulations and local ordinances

  • Any type of drainage can be added or built within structure, if desired
  • Can install retention curbs
  • Ventilation options available, if needed

City of Hartford Department of Public Works

-Hartford, CT

Challenge – Replacement of a wood structure
Solution – Hercules Truss Arch Building
Size – 72'W x 108'L
Application – Salt storage

Incorporated in 1784 and appointed the sole capital city of Connecticut in 1875, the city of Hartford covers 17.3 square miles and has a population of 125,000, making it the fourth largest city in the Constitution State. Read More

As winters become longer and more crippling, the city must quickly respond to snow and ice removal for its residents, commuters and workers that account for a general metropolitan area of over 1.2 million people.

Bob Umashankar has been the city’s civil engineer and project manager since 2005, and recently concluded that instead of replacing a roof on the city’s wooden salt shed, they would replace the building with a more sustainable solution. “Not only did the roof need to be replaced on the old structure, but we were looking for a larger area to store more material,” Umashankar said.

After conducting some online research, Umashankar learned that a fabric structure had several benefits aside from bulk material storage, and ultimately chose ClearSpan Fabric Structures, which has its home offices just 10 miles away. “We went with a fabric building due to its fast construction timeline and low cost,” added Umashankar. “We needed a new building quickly, and ClearSpan presented a good plan and was very helpful.”

The 72’ wide by 108’ long Hercules Truss Arch Building has been performing very well, allowing the city’s public works department to store an abundant supply of salt ahead of the winter season. “We’ve found that for operational and functionality purposes, the fabric building from ClearSpan has been working out much better than the wood structure,” concluded Umashankar. “It’s also very nice looking!”

To learn more about the City of Hartford Department of Public Works Department and their ClearSpan structure, please call Bob Umashankar at 860.757.9985 or visit

Building Profiles

Our sand and salt storage buildings come in fabric, hybrid and metal buildings, ensuring that no matter how you plan on using your ClearSpan structure, there is an ideal option.

  • Round Style

  • Gable Style

  • Hybrid Style

  • Metal Style