Storage Barn - DSI Spaceframes



U.S. owned and operated, DSI Spaceframes is America’s premier designer and manufacturer of
structural and architectural steel space frames sourced from certified U.S. materials.

Storage Barn

Lightweight Space Frame Roof With Solar Panels Tops Unique Storage Barn For Energy Efficiency
Architect

Gray Organschi Architecture

Date

Completed in 2009

Project Highlights

Located within a watershed conservancy area, a landscaping contractor outside of Washington, Connecticut needed to consolidate its materials to minimize the impact these bulky items had on the sensitive grounds. To do so, a 1,200-square-foot storage facility was built to house its stone and wood products in an orderly fashion. The basic structure was formed of tubular steel while a 72-by-28-foot space frame roof was designed and engineered by DSI Spaceframes to top it off. A space frame was chosen because it is lightweight and allows for a large expanse of column-free interior space. As a result, the articulated loader used to transport materials can easily maneuver and be stored inside the building. The space frame roof also projects out over a paved area to form a canopy and provide additional shelter from the elements. Electric work lights are integrated into the space frame structure. They are powered by a rooftop array of translucent photovoltaic panels that also serve as skylights to bring natural light inside the barn building. The bolted node-and-chord space frame that supports the solar panels was assembled by DSI Spaceframes on the ground and then lifted into place. Today, this energy-efficient system produces more electricity than is consumed.

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Canopy, Solar Panel Support Structures, Structures, Sun Shade or Heat Abatement
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