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Riding arena, Jesse James

jessie james 905 West Abbey Farm - inside view of FRONT gable
Jessie James
West Abbey Farm, BC
Application : Riding Arena

The building of our arena project was completed in October of last year and has been in use ever since. Lots of people have come by just for a look as well as the usual flow of friends and business associates. Many of those have remarked on the "beautiful building". Previously, I never thought of a covered arena as beautiful, but I must agree with them.

At night it reflects the glow from the yard light and adds to the brightness of the surroundings. The cover permits the yard light to give the interior a soft 'night light' that is sufficient to move around in safely.

The structure is very rigid and even in high winds, it is quiet inside. There is no movement of the cover between the spans, no rattles nor creaks. Even on the dullest days it is bright inside without the use of lights. The diffusing effect of the cover precludes shadows so the light value is the same throughout the entire area. The structure sheds snow evenly and does not allow for a build-up of snow load.

From the outset, the building of the MegaDome® was a pleasant experience. BuildWorks provided plenty of information for me to make an informed decision as to the size and location of the building. Harnois provided all the plans and specs required to obtain the necessary permits. BuildWorks choreographed the entire construction with precision. Local trades arrived on time with complete instructions and adequate supervision. All work was completed on time.

I ran into some problems with a local engineering firm and the building inspector due to reports and applications lost or mislaid in their offices. BuildWorks and Harnois patiently supplied duplicates and additional information as requested by these people.

Once the site work was complete and the concrete work finished, the erection of the building went very smoothly. The contractor hired by BuildWorks thoroughly understood the process and he and his crew completed the entire job in a matter of days. They were pleasant to have on the property, as unobtrusive as possible and amazingly efficient.

All the required materials were on site as needed. They were handled with great care and once the cover was in place it was extremely clean and totally free of any dust or soil.

The contractor’s relationship with the crane operator and any trades involved was excellent. When the job was completed, the site was left clean and free of rubble and materials. All details were carefully finished leaving the building with a nicely groomed appearance.

After one year, the building looks exactly as it did the day it was completed. The galvanized spans and sturdy cover are obviously there for years to come. There is no sign of wear or corrosion. A plywood inside 'wall' was added to provide a smooth surface against which people and animals can work. Putting these panels up convinced all concerned that the spans are made of very strong and durable material of a gauge that seems to be above the requirements for strength and safety.

Every square foot of the building is useful, well lighted, uninterrupted space. There are no dead spots or echoes. It is a pleasure to work in. Sound carries well and is not deadened as in some wooden buildings so communication is easy.

The addition of Dutch man doors by BuildWorks has certainly enhanced the appearance and comfort of the building.

The separation of the cover from the concrete wall around the perimeter provides a constant flow of fresh air that escapes via the exhaust fans at the top. This keeps the air rising and continually flushes the hottest air from the building leaving it fresh and pleasant on very hot days.

Everyone has commented on the quality of light inside the building. Everyone has suggestions for additional uses including a farmer's market, dances, trade fairs, community day care and shelter for many families in time of disaster, etc. None of these will come about but it is interesting that everybody has a use for my MegaDome®. I cannot remember hearing one negative comment about this building. No one has criticized its appearance, including the neighbours who overlook my farm from the hillside to the north. They say it looks like a large white caterpillar emerging from the woods.

The cost is a surprise to most visitors who feel that it is very reasonable considering the quality of the structure and the careful engineering behind it. The speed of construction is always viewed as a very positive factor.

Guess you can tell I am a satisfied customer.

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