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FORTRESS Protective Buildings: A Modular and Flexible Approach

Along with providing a truly multi-hazard (fragment, blast, thermal, toxic, and extreme weather) building to protect the lives of its occupants, FORTRESS’s goal is it ensure a quality building that can be designed, fabricated, and assembled in a fraction of the time of a site-built structure with the flexibility of providing floorplans to meet the client’s needs.

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Designing for New Buildings

In June 2007 after the 2005 BP Texas City incident, American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice (API RP) 753, “Management of Hazards Associated with Location of Process Plant Portable Buildings”, was published. In addition, a 3rd Edition of API 752 was released in 2009 to address the Texas City incident, OSHA comments, and NEP findings.  The…

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Remote Building Specification

David Prakoth works from home on a FORTRESS floor-plan that gives the client the required building functionality. During this time of social distancing, the FORTRESS Protective Buildings, LLC (FORTRESS) team has quickly adapted to remote working.  While Americans at large are sheltering-in-place (SIP) at home, personnel at processing facilities are looking for safe options for…

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Shelter In Place (SIP)

With nearly one in two Americans under shelter-in-place (SIP) orders, it is worth mentioning this term has a very different meaning for Safe Havens in the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Fertilizer, and other processing facilities with toxic hazards.  SIP at these facilities means prevention of exposure to high doses of toxic gases to prevent injury…

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Are you safe from flying fragment throw?

While VCEs are typically the focus when designing blast resistant buildings, some over pressures occur due to the catastrophic failure of pressure vessels. It is important to provide building occupants a level of protection against flying objects. The FORTRESS Protective Buildings, LLC modular reinforced concrete building is equivalent to being protected from a ¾” solid…

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A Blast Resistant Building Designed to Protect Occupants

At the long duration design blast load of 8psi, the associated wall deflection is less than 0.5-inches. At a reflected blast load of 20.9 psi and 1631 psi-ms, FORTRESS Protective Buildings experience a max deflection of 1.5-inches! The robust design of FORTRESS Protective Buildings virtually eliminates occupant vulnerability from internal debris hazards for design loads.…

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