A Rubb Arctic adventure on the move…

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The Rubb structure built on the ice cap in Greenland for the National Science Foundation has taken a sled ride to a different location.

As previously referenced, the Rubb BVR storage facility, known as the Summit Mobile Garage, is a 32’ x 97’ heavily insulated building designed and engineered to be moved or, more aptly, moved by sled from place to place. Due to massive amounts of drifting snow it is easier to tow the building to a new resting spot rather than remove the piles of snow.

In the pictures above, the site crew is shown towing and pivoting the building to its new temporary location. According to Marc Boutet, who spent a month in Greenland as technical advisor: “The guys told me they waited for a warm, balmy day and dragged the building to a spot less likely to get buried with drifting snow… warm and balmy means a few degrees above zero,” Marc added with a chuckle.

Actually the Rubb building was moved about 400 yards and the crew at Summit Station reported no problems with the move. “That’s because we designed and built it right,” concluded Marc.

For more information on this project or on any other high quality Rubb products go to www.rubbusa.com

Rubb buildings support energy efficiency

Rubb’s white translucent PVC cladding allows natural light to illuminate the interior of our buildings, while reducing the heat island effect on the structure.


The picture below is an external view of a Rubb fabric building used in some recent infrared tests. It is a 70ft x 80ft x 16.4ft BVE type structure, used as a salt storage shed for the City of Sanford, ME. It was built in 2009 and has performed well for the public works department.


Thermal images were taken on a sunny spring day, where the sun was hitting the wall and roof at approximately the same angle. Results show that the reflective but translucent white roof is 12°f cooler than the sandstone-colored sidewalls.

The image below illustrates the results of the infrared surface temperature tests on the structure – a typical Rubb storage facility.


The outcome: a cool and comfortable indoor temperature while avoiding any need for lighting power consumption during a regular working day. These double energy savings help greatly reduce the Rubb structure’s operating costs.

Independent building science consultant Lew Harriman also notes: “We measured the air tightness of this building using a blower door. When its rolling overhead door is closed, it meets and exceeds the U.S. Army’s air tightness requirement to leak less than 0.25 cfm at a pressure difference of 75 Pascals (0.3” W.C). That means the building won’t have uncomfortable drafts, even in the highest winter winds. It also means its air tightness is better than half of the very air tight commercial buildings measured for ASHRAE’s recent research project RP-1478. When any building must be heated, that level of air tightness means big energy cost savings for every year of that building’s long life.”

This is just another advantage of choosing a Rubb building. For more information about Rubb building solutions visit us at www.rubbusa.com or call 207-324-2877.

A Rubb Arctic adventure

“What an experience!” were the first words spoken by long time Rubb USA site supervisor and current salesman Marc Boutet after spending nearly a month overseeing the erection of a Rubb BVR on the polar ice cap.

Rubb USA has completed a 32’ x 97’ BVR structure at Summit Station CH2M Polar Hill Services, in Greenland, for the National Science Foundation.

Located at 72° 36′ N latitude, and at an altitude of 10,600 feet with a mean annual air temperature of -31°, Summit Station has long challenged the physical fitness of its visitors.

In the spirit of “a picture is worth a thousand words” we can reveal a handful of recently taken photos related to the project and provide some interesting insight.


C-130: Shipping and Receiving

The Rubb building was neatly packed and delivered via a USAF C-130 equipped with skis to land on the ice cap. The interior of the plane was ‘tight quarters’ as you can see in the picture below. That is the Rubb building to the left.


Free refrigeration

Food and supplies are stored ‘undersnow’ in a dug out cavern. Due to snowfall the depth of the cavern increases significantly over time to the point where the crew will dig a new ‘refrigerator’. From the photo below you can see the crew moving supplies into the cavern.


Not your average Ritz-Carlton

Sleeping arrangements at Summit Station… room service?


Building under construction:

The work begins…


With building framework complete, the gable end is lifted into position.


The Thermohall PVC ‘sheets’ are pulled/adjusted onto the frame via snowmobile.


The cladding on this building is R-35 rated Thermohall with 8” of high density insulation, after all the temperature can reach -100F! Rubb Thermohall is designed to withstand and perform in the harshest of environments.

Interior of building:


The BVR will be equipped with a generator driven lighting and heating system. The structure will support operations at Summit Station and will primarily serve as an equipment and maintenance shed. The building is set upon a foundation of wood/metal that can be best described as an ‘oversized toboggan’. Thus the structure can be moved periodically to prevent being ‘snowed over’. Rubb innovation at its best!


When asked what was most interesting experience about the Greenland project, Marc smiled and immediately said departing the site on a C-130. “The runway, actually ‘snowway’ is over three miles long and lined mostly with black flags. When you see red flags the plane must stop and turn around and try to take off again in the opposite direction. This is at nearly 11,000 ft. and the snow creates a lot of friction. After three failed attempts to lift off we stopped and the land crew attached portable ‘rockets’ to the plane to help us gain enough speed to gain altitude. I heard a couple of ‘booms’ and up in the air we went! All I could think was… what is going on? Well, I made it!”

More Rubb adventures to follow!

Explore apprenticeships at Rubb

Looking for the best route to careers in design, manufacturing and construction? Apprenticeships could hold the key. Our apprentice Liam Whyatt, aged 19, talks about his journey and experiences…


What is your job title?

Apprentice Design Engineer

How long have you been working in this role?

I have been employed since September 2014, however I was at college full time until January 2015. Then I started working four days a week with a day release at college.

Describe the journey that led to your apprenticeship

I began my higher education studying Art, Maths and Physics at A-level. After half a year I felt it wasn’t the right route for me take. I felt like I had no sense of direction and the lack of practical work disinterested me. I decided to leave sixth form after my first year and began looking for an apprenticeship in engineering. I came across Tyne North Training at a careers fair. After a few tests and interviews I was accepted into Tyne North Training and they helped me get an interview with potential employers. Rubb Buildings Ltd responded and offered me an interview. Shortly after that I was employed as an apprentice design engineer.

Can you describe your working day?

Rubb Buildings Ltd manufactures engineered fabric buildings: portable structures, relocatable buildings, shelters, hangars and custom facilities. I’m tasked to do different things every day, so no two days are the same. At work, I could be producing a ‘Plans and Elevations’ drawing using AutoCAD and Google SketchUp, or producing steelwork, foundation and PVC production drawings for a building we’ve been tasked to design.

What’s the best thing about the job?

I think being surrounded by nice people who help me and I can be open around is a huge benefit, especially as an apprentice. I can have a laugh with my colleagues and I don’t feel uncomfortable when asking questions, and this really helps with my learning. I’m learning something new every day. It is enjoyable and I’m getting payed to do something I’m interested in, which is even better.

Any negatives?

I suppose the worst thing is the frustration of not being as good as the other draughtsmen. They’ve obviously been at Rubb longer than me and they know everything about the work they’re involved in. However, this inspires me to improve my skill set and gain more experience.

What stand-out projects have you got involved in so far

We recently made an indoor trampoline park for a client. It was huge and I was involved from the start. I got to make the conceptual 3D models for it and later on helped with a lot of the design work. What really struck me was going on site visits and seeing the park coming together. Seeing a job through the computer screen is one thing, but seeing it when it was being built was a great experience. When it was completed it was amazing to see something which people were enjoying and knowing I had helped design it.

What has been your career highlight to date?

Again, getting to see the finished trampoline park for myself was a treat. We all went down before it opened to test it out. This was great fun, and ended a challenging project on a positive note.

How would you describe life as a working engineer?

I’ve enjoyed my first year as an apprentice engineer. It has been challenging at times but rewarding. When you’re working you forget how much you are learning and looking back over the last year I can say I’ve gained so much experience.

What did you expect when you started work?

I wasn’t exposed to engineering until getting my apprenticeship so I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Initially I thought I would be doing all sorts of boring work before being trusted to work on more interesting projects.

Was it what you expected or did anything surprise you?

As soon as I started I was working on interesting, thought provoking projects. I started on getting to know the basics of the drawing software we use and then I was on my way to doing sales drawings. This surprised me and I was impressed at the amount of trust which was put in me from the very start. I was treated like an adult from day one.

Is there any advice you’d like to pass on to those about to enter an engineering workplace?

I would advise anyone wanting to start a career in engineering to go down the apprenticeship route. There’s nothing better than getting paid to learn, especially when the workplace is interesting, challenging and the people in it are friendly and helpful. Just make sure you enjoy yourself and try to take in as much useful information and experience as possible.

What do you think you’ll do next?

After gaining my BTEC level 3 in Mechanical Engineering and finishing my NVQ, I hope to move on to my HNC. Gaining more experience at work is also another thing I’m striving for. Hopefully, I’ll move up the workforce and achieve great things for my company.

Newcastle Aviation Academy and Airport


Rubb UK enjoyed the opportunity to explore behind the scenes at Newcastle College’s  Aviation Academy and Newcastle Airport with other members of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum recently. It was an excellent tour.

Tim Jacklin, Manager of Newcastle Aviation Academy and RAF Engineering Veteran, provided an informative tour of the facility. Based at Newcastle International Airport, the £3.3million Aviation Academy allows students to develop their knowledge and skills in an exciting and practical environment.

Facilities include a Boeing 737 fully functional aircraft, incorporating all systems on which students can carry out standard repairs on the flying controls, engine, power supply, air conditioning and landing gear. The academy also features a series of workshops kitted out with the very latest equipment, designed for the study of specific aspects of aircraft engineering and an IT Suite equipped with modern CBT training equipment for the electrical and electronic practical training.

We also found out more about Newcastle International Airport’s Training Academy which provides world class training to businesses and individuals from across the globe. Course are available in Aviation, Firefighting, First Aid, Security, Offshore Emergency Response, Crisis Management and a whole range of other safety related courses. Customers include Heathrow Airport, Faro International Airport, Vector Aerospace and a number of organisations from other industries.

A look behind the scenes of baggage handling completed the tour and gave us some unique insight into the operations at Newcastle Airport.

Rubb UK continues to provide a variety of aircraft hangars to the aerospace and defence sectors. To find out more please visit http://www.rubbuk.com/products/aircraft-hangars.htm



Fundraising warriors ready for action…

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor returns to the Rubb Blog ahead of this weekend’s Total Warrior event…

Two days to go until our Total Warrior challenge.
I’m tired and excited.
We will rest from Friday night until the event starts at 11am on Sunday June 28th.

Park Runners
This week’s training consisted of:
Saturday: 5k Park Run with the Transform Fitness team (pictured above)
Monday 7am: Personal Training with Transform Fitness
Tuesday Night: 3k run
Thursday 7am: Personal training
Friday: 1 hour bootcamp.
I’m feeling a little tightness in my lower back but hopefully this will clear before the big day.
I have been and bought the necessary Dri Fit clothing and car seat covers. I also have the black bin liners, and spare clothes ready for after the event!
The fundraising is going really well. Thank you to all who have donated.
Joanne and I (pictured below) hope to raise in excess of £2000 in memory of Jill.
Come On!!!

Ian and Joanne
Please visit our Just Giving page to donate to this special cause.
We would be grateful if you could give what you can to help Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a charity helping people working together with a single-minded ambition to stop women dying from breast cancer. Your donation will assist with finding new treatments, discovering the causes, promoting early detection and ensuring the best possible care for women diagnosed with the disease..
Visit Rubb UK’s website to read about our Total Warrior journey and more.

Total Warriors step up to the challenge for charity

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor and his wife Joanne lost someone very dear to them earlier this year. Jill Reed, a very close friend of Joanne’s, sadly passed away from breast cancer at the age of 36. Jill (pictured below right with Joanne) leaves behind a loving husband Mark, daughter Connie and son Luke. Now Ian and Joanne are taking on the Total Warrior challenge on June 28th to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.


Total Warrior is the pinnacle of obstacle racing, providing the most innovative and highest quality obstacle event in the UK. With around 30 punishing challenges provided over a 12.5KM all terrain course, Total Warrior also offers greater variety and more obstacles-per-kilometre than any other race. The Hindmoors have both been in training and Ian will be updating the Rubb blog with all their latest efforts in the run up to the event. Read all about it in his first post below…


There are now only 15 days to go until the Total Warrior Challenge.

Training needs to step up over the next two weeks to ensure we are both ready for this challenge. Mentally I feel prepared, I have only one main concern, that is making sure I don’t get stuck in any confined spaces that may happen to be part of the obstacle course.
Physically my fitness is okay, not brilliant, but I feel as though I have enough to get round the course.
Some online research (YouTube videos) have given me that extra buzz of excitement, and dread. From what I have seen there are not too many confined spaces to worry about but some rather tricky looking high walls to jump over!

Last week’s training with Transform Fitness has involved:
Friday Morning 3.2Km
Friday Night Bootcamp
Saturday AM Warrior Training at The Barn, cross country running and obstacles
Sunday Morning Strength Session at The Barn
Monday Morning 3.2km
Monday Night Bootcamp
Tuesday Morning PT, Harness Runs with a tyre up hill, cardio and upper body strength work
Wednesday Morning 5km run
Wednesday Night Bootcamp
Thursday morning PT focusing on weights (upperbody and leg strength) and cardio work (boxing)
Thursday Night “Warrior Run”. This is a 5.5 mile cross country/all-terain evening run that I have been doing every Thursday as part of a group from Transform Fitness. It’s really hard work, loads of hills, steep steep hills and the dreaded “steps of doom” (222 steps)!

My diet is not as clean or heathy as it once was, or what I need it to be, so that is my focus over the next 2 weeks, better diet and push hard on the training. That way I’m sure I will be ready for the challenge. Bring it on!

We would be very grateful if you can contribute to this cause, which is very close to our hearts.

To make a donation please visit Ian’s JustGiving page

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

To read the full story please visit www.rubbuk.com