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Legacy Building Solutions’ custom-engineered structure is key element in award-winning design

June 24, 2016
By Press release

Edmonton, AB – Legacy Building Solutions is proud to announce the Solar Ship Brantford off-grid hangar, a joint venture
with Canadian Energy and Solar Ship Inc., has been awarded the “Game Changer Project of the Year” by Canadian Solar
Industries Association (CanSIA). With the award for Solar PV Project, CanSIA recognizes the hangar for using a reliable and
cost-effective system that advances the future of building-integrated distributed generation.
Located in Brantford, Ontario, the 40,597-square-foot hangar uses energy generated by photovoltaic cells on the roof and
runs completely independently of the traditional power grid. The hangar is designed to accommodate the size and shape of
the aircraft, which have an anticipated wingspan of up to 164 feet.
“All Legacy buildings have some sustainability features,” said Jim Kumpula, general manager of Legacy Building Solutions of
Canada. “Working with Solar Ship forced us to consider how every aspect of the building can be greener.”
The hangar, engineered, manufactured and installed by Legacy, is a fabric structure on a rigid steel frame. The strength of
the frame combined with the lightweight fabric enabled the 176-foot by 231-foot building to be built 60 feet high at the
eaves, with an interior clearance of 82 feet.
The sturdy steel frame supports the weight of the photovoltaic cells as well as 1.18 kPa roof rain-on-snow load. The roof
frames run parallel to the cells, preventing uplift in high winds and contributing to optimal operation of the solar panels.
The energy-efficient design of the hangar also includes a passive ventilation system and natural light to reduce the power
needed to run the hangar, which is used to manufacture and store Solar Ship’s solar-powered aircraft.
Lewis Reford, a partner at Solar Ship, said, “Legacy Building Solutions has given Solar Ship more than just a state-of-the-art
hangar and assembly building. Through our close collaboration, their design incorporates a self-reliant photovoltaic power
package that sits above the fabric roof, allowing our building operations to be entirely off-grid. In addition, Legacy’s
foundation design allowed us to re-use an existing concrete pad, saving us time and money during construction. These
innovations were part of our top-level requirements, and delivering on them really sets Legacy apart from the traditional
building segment.”
About CanSIA
CanSIA is a national trade association that represents the interest of the Canadian solar energy industry. The Solar PV
Project of the Year is awarded to the Institutional, Commercial or Industrial (ICI) solar PV project that, either through high
visibility, meaningful stakeholder engagement or innovative features, has helped the solar PV industry become mainstream.
For More Information
Legacy Building Solutions designs, manufactures, engineers, and installs large-scale custom fabric structures for a wide
range of industries, including the aviation, recreational, military, and agricultural sectors. A pioneer in the use of a rigid steel
frame for fabric structures, the company was founded in 2010. Headquartered in South Haven, Minnesota, Legacy Building
Solutions provides services worldwide. Committed to sustainability and best management practices, the firm has achieved
ISO 9001:2008 and CSA A660-10 certifications.


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