Quick storage solutions are the first port of call

Rubb has been quick to react to the ever-changing needs of busy ports, creating a range of storage warehousing structures to suit our clients’ requirements.

The benefits of quick storage fabric structures are their relatively affordable cost, quick construction, and their portability – they are easily relocatable and adaptable to accommodate ports’ changing needs and products warehoused in line with cyclical world trade activities.

Port warehousing these days is highly competitive, but fabric structures are gaining popularity as they become tried and proven. Rubb has installed a series of quick storage warehouse structures, which demonstrate just how compatible and reliable these fabric structures are in a variety of environments.


Recently Rubb designed, manufactured and built its fourth steel-framed, fabric-clad storage building for Belfast Harbour (pictured above). The latest structure is 32.5m wide and 76.5m long and features 6.75m high sidewalls, with outside tapered column legs, which ensure all internal walls have a straight vertical face, making the most of the internal space.

Rubb’s signature hot-dip galvanised steel frame and high tenacity PVC covering membrane ensure very little maintenance is required. The durable PVC membrane cladding on Rubb port warehouses will stand up against corrosion in the harsh marine environment.

Rubb also has a similar port structure at Hendon Docks for the Port of Sunderland and two relocatable animal feed structures for the Port of Workington on England’s west coast, where severe winds and rain are common.

Finn Haldorsen established Rubb in 1966. Although the company started out making tarpaulins and bags from PVC fabric, in 1968 it made the first ‘Rubb Building’. This was the first fabric clad building manufactured in Norway.

Rubb now has offices around the world. In the United States, where Rubb is based in Sanford, Maine, the biggest challenge these days is keeping up with the growing needs of multiple market sectors. However port users still make up 25-30% of the business.

While some people may question the quality of temporary buildings versus permanent structures, USA Marketing Manager Chuck Auger says for Rubb there is no difference. “Our buildings are still built to last. That’s what happens when quality products and engineering are a priority. Our customers have realised that the per day cost of owning and operating a Rubb structure is better value than cheaper options.”


In the Port of Virginia, Rubb has recently installed a ‘game changer’ for the 130-year-old Newport News Shipbuilding company. The North Yard structure now has two retractable weather covers (pictured above) to allow workers to continue a building program despite the elements that can affect the production facility.

Meanwhile, a large percentage of new Rubb structures are being insulated using Thermohall, a patented insulation system, which is becoming increasingly popular. One example of such a structure completed at an extremely challenging location is a moveable Thermohall clad structure for the U.S. National Science Foundation. The mean annual air temperature where the structure (pictured below) is located is -31 degrees Fahrenheit. On the innovation side, the 9.7m by 29.5m Rubb building has been set on a foundation of wood/metal that can be compared to a giant toboggan, so the structure can be moved over the Polar ice cap periodically to prevent being snowed over.


For more information about Rubb’s fast and flexible storage solutions, please visit www.rubb.com today.


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!

From Blue to Green: 5 Ways Rubb is Eco-Friendly

Fuel Tank CoversIn honor of World Environment Day, we decided to reflect on some of the things that make Rubb, Inc. an eco-friendly organization. Whether it’s recycling, reducing energy consumption, or preventing pollution, we consider the environmental impact of our products at all stages of their life cycle from design, to manufacturing, to customer use and finally to recycling or disposal.

  1. Environmental Buildings – Rubb has provided environmental protection structures to a variety of companies that foster good neighbor and green policy plans. From chemical and fuel tank covers, portable water and sewage covers, to nuclear decontamination facilities, to land remediation buildings, all Rubb environmental structures meet health and safety requirements and environmental protection laws. And the best part is that covers can be readily decontaminated to be used again or to be recycled when appropriate.
  2. Hot-Dip Galvanization – Steel, the most recycled material in the world, and zinc, the 27th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, are both 100% recyclable infinitely without the loss of any mechanical properties. And not only is zinc recyclable, it is a natural element that plays an essential role in the biological processes of all living organisms, including humans, animals, and plants. Because of the longevity of hot-dip galvanized steel, it has the potential to deliver huge economic savings, as well as contributing to the global economy. Rubb, along with other organizations like the American Galvanizers Association and our partnered vendors, is committed to sustainable development and a better environmental future with hot-dip galvanization.
  3. PVC – Polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC, is a polymer used safely and successfully in a range of applications, and is completely recyclable. In our case, Rubb uses PVC to coat highest grades of flame retardant, high tenacity polyester which features a rip-stop structure weave to prevent tears.
    By coating the fabric with PVC, it gives the membranes of our buildings color, strength and waterproof properties. In 2012 Rubb was approached by our fabric supplier Serge Ferrari, located in France, with a proposal to support a green initiative. Through a relationship with a recycling company in Italy that prepares recycled materials for manufacturing, Rubb was able to contribute a 40′ ISO container filled with scrap and unserviceable fabric materials.
  4. Thermohall – Rubb’s patented Thermohall Insulation System is the most eco-friendly relocatable building on the market today. Between using insulation that consists mostly of recycled glass, extensive heat and energy savings, and natural lighting that reduces electricity, Thermohall proves just how dedicated Rubb is to protecting the environment.
  5. Internal Movements – Not only does Rubb have a strict Environmental Policy for our processes and product designs, we also make a conscious effort to be internally environmentally friendly. Here at our Sanford, Maine facility, we recycle paper, cans and bottles, magazines, electronics, and just about everything that can be recycled.  We encourage staff to be part of wellness initiatives, and even purchased Rubb branded water bottles that are made with recycled materials, BPA and lead free, and FDA approved.

So there you have it – who knew Rubb blue was so green. We hope that you celebrate World Environment Day by leaving comments and letting us know which ways you are eco-friendly too.