New Tent City

by Samuel J. Armijos

The Tent is the oldest and most versatile form of shelter and comes in all types, shapes, and sizes, from camping tents to clear spans. Tents are usually categorized as frame tents, pole tents, or tension tents. They normally have interior columns. The larger the tent, the more it relies on the fabric’s structural properties. Based on these properties, a frame and pole tent may instead become a tension tent. When these structures include mechanical, lighting and flooring systems, it then becomes a temporary structure.

These structures are temporary in nature, therefore, so are their foundations. Frame and pole tents normally are anchored by means of rope or webbing belts that are anchored into the ground with stakes and sand bags. Tension tents and clear spans with higher loads use higher-strength belts or wire rope for tensioning and are anchored with stakes, augers, or weights made of concrete, steel, or even water.

Clear span structures, which have no interior columns, use modular trusses or beams, either of steel or aluminum, generally with slip joint fittings for ease of assembly. The cover is made of a series of fabric panels which are tensioned through extruded channels in the frame. These structures can be designed for snow load by using heavier fabric, larger beam sections, and additional support hardware. A foundation is not required to anchor a clear span, but a small footing pad is recommended.

Tents are fun. Tents are cool. Tents make the party.Tents evokes memories.Tents protect. Tents provide shelter. Many Tents create community.


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