An all-fiberglass test building was designed and fabricated by Strongwell for the John Fluke Manufacturing Company of Everett, Washington, a company manufacturing equipment for electronics calibration.
Advantages of Fiberglass
John Fluke engineers selected DURASHIELD® fiberglass foam core building panels, EXTREN® fiberglass structural shapes and FIBREBOLT® fiberglass studs and nuts since these materials are non-magnetic and non-conductive and do not impact tests. The DURASHIELD panels include fiberglass reinforced polyester skin over 4 lbs./ft3 rigid closed cell polyurethane.
DURASHIELD’s insulating properties and low fiberglass maintenance were essential factors due to cold winter temperatures in Washington.
The structure erection was done smoothly according to Fluke engineers and needed only a forklift to place DURASHIELD® panels and 24" EXTREN® I-beams. Fiberbolt fasteners were used and DURASHIELD panels and bolt hole joints were sealed with an elastomeric tape, a polyurethane caulk and a polymer coating. The building, installed in 1991, is functioning as designed without any issues and all the materials have surpassed expectations.
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Strongwell Corporation.
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