Industrial Safe Buildings
April 25, 2005
by David B. South
On March 23, 2005, an explosion rocked the BP Texas City Refinery in Texas City, Texas. At this time, the reason for the explosion is unknown. Many of the 15 fatalities in the incident were in one of the trailers on the property conducting a meeting at the time. It was a sad day for the entire company.
Disasters, fires, explosions happen in the industrial business. Industrial buildings are usually a ?metal tent? to keep the rain off the product and people inside. However, there is a great need for industrial buildings to be constructed as safe buildings. They should protect workers inside from inclement weather and provide a conducive work environment.
Commonly, air conditioning in metal industrial buildings is provided by opening the doors in both ends of the building and heating is minimal.
Monolithic Domes change all of that for the industrial business. They are fire safe and provide near absolute protection from wind events such as tornadoes and hurricanes as well as earthquakes. The cost of constructing industrial buildings before Monolithic Domes was too high to even consider building tornado safe structures.
More now than ever, a new consideration for industrial buildings is the possibility of terrorist threats. If the product inside is at all sensitive to terrorist activity the building needs to be able to withstand possible entries of terrorists. Monolithic Domes can easily withstand rifle fire and will withstand most bomb blasts. Obviously, if there is a metal roll up door it can be penetrated but the structure itself will remain safe. If a higher degree of safety is required doors can be constructed of concrete and designed as rotating doors.
Monolithic Dome industrial buildings can be virtually any size. Large ones can cover up to 18 acres. They can be used to cover major chemical plants protecting them from intruders far better than fences. If the manufacturing process within has the possibility of giving off unwanted vapors, they can be contained in an air tight Monolithic Dome.
Design layout within an industrial facility should be considered. Certain functions should be isolated from other functions. This can prevent cross contamination if required.
Monolithic Domes provide the safest solution for industrial buildings. If your company would like to know more about design, cost, and the possibilities of building a safe facility for your industrial business, call Monolithic today!