Greenway Inflatable Buildings
Greenway Inflatable Buildings can be used for many purposes at a cast far below that of metal-supported fabric covered buildings. Here are just a few of the suggested uses.
Greenway Industries manufactures two types of air supported structures:
Large tapered design: Riding Arenas -- Athletic Event Buildings -- Tennis Court -- Swimming Pool Covers.
64' x 64' Dome
Comes apart for the connection of more fabric-both for width and length.
This building was designed with 10ft vertical side walls so there is very little wasted space. At 12ft high you lose 30 inches! At 14ft high you lose 40 inches!
"L" Skirt: Two feet of fabric extends inward. For riding arenas sand is placed on the inner fabric for a better air seal. Here, where this demo building was set in a cow pasture, nothing was added to the "L" skirt, and the building held its air quite well.
Two photos placed together give one an idea of what a 64' x 64' dome looks like on the inside. (Thirty foot ceiling height) Note the four juncture seams coming together at the center peak. This building was designed tall enough to enable basketball and tennis to be played inside!
Note open zipper on far end.
The zippered door can even be propped open, and the building has enough air volume to stay inflated!
Remember: To access equipment into an
inflatable building a double door (air lock) vestibule is constructed
on site, butted up against either an end or side wall (your choice) and
tacked to the fabric walls. Fabric is then cut out of the
side wall with scissors once the double door air lock is in
place. The customer is responsible for constructing the
double door air lock as you, the customer, can purchase 2x4's and
plywood cheaper locally than we can ship those materials to
This design features tapered or slanted end for better aerodynamics. It resembles an ellipse, similar to an eyelid. This design will withstand strong winds!
NOTE: How the sides, ends and corners are all tapered. There is really no wind shear, because the inflated structure is nothing but an upside down saucer!
In order to maintain the "air lock" larger air supported structures utilize double entry doors. This system allows larger equipment to enter the building -- such as lift trucks, or in the case of a riding arena, tractors and spring tooths or horses. One can use automatic garage door opening devices for both inner and outer doors or "scab" in double plywood doors using a 2 X 4 framework.
NOTE: The double door "air lock" used on most inflatable buildings. In this case, push button over-head garage doors were used in the same railing system, but an equally effective double door vestibule can be constructed much more cost effectively using plywood, 2x4's, and hinges. Our standard size entry is 12ft wide x 10ft tall with a one foot peak on the roof. We must engineer a fabric "skirt" through which runs a cable or heavy rope. This cable or rope is anchored in concrete on either side of the vesitbule to keep the air pressure from lifting the entry chamber off the ground. Each customer is responsible for constructing their own double door entry on site. The customer can purchase those building materials cheaper locally than we can ship a construction vestibule to you.
Air Supported Construction Domes
We manufacture "greenhouse effect" construction crew to work inside an enclosed "bubble" during harsh weather. Photo on the left is a 100ft x 100ft dome we shipped to Calgary, Alberta. It made the front page of the Calgary Herald.
Below is another construction dome over a restaurant construction in Eastern Idaho.
Smaller quonset or elliptical style design: Calving or Lambing Sheds ~ Farm Shops ~ Equipment Storage
is a construction dome / paint booth!
NOTE: The tall
"cathedral-like" design that would accommodate a tall sail boat. We can
manufacture an enclosure to accommodate nearly any project.
The 4 photos below show the 20 minute progress of pumping up the "sail boat" dome. It was pumped up with a small carpet drying fan.
above is a swimming pool cover with attached hot tub. This particular
material is fiberglass stand reinforced clear plastic in order to
achieve a warming "greenhouse" effect. The enclosure is pumped up and
maintained with a small carpet drying fan. One simply enters and exits
via a zipper (front right of photo). A wide choice of fabrics are
available for pool covers including high grade polythylene and vinyl.
Shown below are inflatable covers
for a water treatment facility. When it was 31°
F outside, the interior temperature was 83°
F. The material used here is the fiberglass strand reinforced
clear plastic so as to insure the maximum "greenhouse effect"
Below are Interior Views:
Below is an exterior view of a water
treatment plan cover installed over existing equipment. Note
dark colored reinforcement webbing sewn into to fabric for
Another Water Treatment Inflatable
Need an "odd ball" configuration?
We can do it!
Starts with 400lb rolls of fire-proof vinyl fabric.
Download our brochure here.