Blast Resistant Buildings
Entities such as oil refineries, chemical plants and military facilities sometimes require blast-resistant modular buildings to keep employees and equipment safe in hazardous environments. Blast-resistant modules are explosion-proof portable buildings designed to withstand blast loads and be deployed quickly and easily.
To meet the demand for transportable and durable blast containers, some modular construction companies offer blast-resistant modules for sale. These modules are specially engineered to survive explosions and dangerous weather events, and they are configured to meet a customer’s needs.
What Are Custom Blast-Resistant Module Solutions?
A portable, explosion-proof building is just as strong and secure as a conventional blast-resistant building. However, modules are prefabricated in a factory and are therefore ready for immediate assembly upon delivery — unlike a traditional building which can take several months or years to construct. Companies and government agencies can expect blast-resistant modules to be build and arrive at their worksite quickly and ready for deployment in up to half the time it takes to build a conventional structure.
Blast-resistant modules resemble the design and build of industrial shipping containers, but they are constructed with greater strength and are usually a larger size. Portable blast-resistant buildings feature thick steel exteriors to guard against bullets and impact and a sturdy steel frame that can stand up to explosions or seismic activity. Manufacturers build blast-resistant containers to meet industry standards and satisfy building codes. You can expect the following features with a modular steel structure:
- Non-combustible and fireproof steel walls, frames and studs
- Customized floor plan to serve a particular purpose
- Option to equip the structure with HVAC and insulation for a comfortable climate-controlled space
- Option to install blast-tested windows and doors
Typically, modular buildings are 8 or 16 feet wide and come in a variety of lengths. You can configure modules however you need to. You can use them as single-story units or stack them side-by-side or vertically to create multi-module buildings.
What Are the Benefits of Blast-Resistant Modular Buildings?
Blast-resistant modules are used as time- and cost-saving alternatives to traditional buildings. Any entity that needs to work or spend time in a hazardous region needs a safe and reliable shelter. An all-steel blast-resistant module fulfills this need superbly. Here are the main benefits of utilizing a blast-resistant modular building:
- Protects against forced entry: Steel modular containers are designed to protect against bullets and force. Military personnel can keep their base safe from invaders with an impenetrable and portable module, whether they’re in a remote location or near a populated area.
- Protects workers: Explosive materials emit a large amount of energy in the form of heat and shock waves in a short amount of time. The first wave usually destroys windows while the second blast places pressure on the structure itself. The first defense against an explosion or other hazardous event is a building’s exterior. A tough, fireproof steel exterior guards against projectile objects and maintains structural integrity. As a result, a blast-resistant structure can be used to protect workers and military personnel from fires, smoke, explosions, dangerous vapors, wind, debris, earthquakes, forced entry and other natural or manmade hazards.
- Protects tools and equipment: Modules can be used as explosion-proof buildings or storage containers to protect valuable tools and equipment from damage. They might be positioned as stand-alone containers or as part of a multi-unit structure so that employees have easy and safe access to protected equipment.
- Fast deployment: Unlike traditional buildings that can take years to construct, a module is manufactured in an assembly line. Since modules are created in factories, production never has to stop or be affected by the weather. As a result, blast-resistant modules or BRM buildings are produced fast and quickly assembled on-site. The speedy deployment also translates to lower labor costs.
- Customizable: Blast-resistant or BRM containers can be engineered to meet a company’s needs and may feature the same amenities as traditional buildings, such as kitchens, bathrooms and offices. This engineering provides all the flexibility and convenience companies could hope for in a temporary or permanent structure.
- Portable: Modular units are easy to transport and relocate. Their high portability makes them ideal solutions for electrical and construction projects or remote locations. Rather than tearing down a building and rebuilding a shelter at a new site, modular structures allow you to keep what you already invested in wherever you need to go.
- Space-saving: Most companies and teams, regardless of the industry, value their space. Modular units feature compact designs to increase energy efficiency and reduce the amount of ground space they use — without sacrificing quality or blast resistance. Units can be placed directly side by side or vertically to conserve space in a single area or assembled wherever they are conveniently reached to increase productivity for services.
- Quality-tested: Blast-resistant structures save lives. Therefore, you want something that is manufactured consistently and with the highest-quality materials available. Modular construction is a precise process that takes place in a climate-controlled environment. It involves less risk of human error than if you hired laborers to build a structure from the ground up, and components are carefully monitored and inspected for quality before they leave the factory.
What Are Portable Blast-Resistant Building Applications?
Blast-resistant modules are extremely versatile and can be utilized in a vast range of applications and conditions. They make excellent safety structures for use in oil refinery renovation projects or remote military bases. You’ll find blast resistant buildings being used at:
- Chemical plants
- Manufacturing facilities
- Power plants
- Oil refineries
- Construction sites
- Military facilities
- Natural disaster areas
Within these sites, blast-resistant units may be used as:
- Meeting rooms
- Storage facilities
- Break rooms
- Guard booths
- Control rooms
- Changing rooms
A strong steel module can provide a solution wherever you need a reliable shelter to protect you, employees and tools from hazards.
Why Choose BMarko Structures?
When it comes to selecting a blast-resistant module, you want to prioritize quality and work with a company you can trust. At BMarko Structures, we partner with our clients from the beginning of the process to ensure we manufacture blast-proof buildings to meet their specifications. Our superior attention to detail and dedication to customer satisfaction set us apart from competitors. Plus, we have the experience, knowledge, materials and equipment to construct your blast-resistant module for your next big project on time. If you need a steel module manufacturer you know will deliver, contact BMarko Structures today to request information.