• Tent structures is a generic term for a variety of different types of tents. “Isn’t there only one kind of tent”, you ask? Years ago, tents were like Henry Ford’s Model T’s; they came in one model and one color. Today there is a plethora of choices for your event. Rental tents come in almost every color and shape and you are only limited by your imagination.

• Clear span tents are one of the most popular tent structures for corporate events, product displays, large concerts, construction projects and temporary storage. Clear spans tents are the most weather resistant “tents” on the market and are often chosen because of their strength and ability to withstand all but the most extreme weather, with little to no maintenance. Clear span tents come in a variety of sizes and can be floored, air-conditioned, lighted, etc.

• Pole tents are another type of tent structure that are popular for social events, like parties and weddings, due to their aesthetic appeal. Also, they are installed rather quickly and are offered in a variety of sizes and colors.

• Tension structures straddle both the pole tent market and permanent installation market. These tent structures distribute the tension throughout the fabric roof instead of just the tension bands, like in a non-tension pole tent. Rental tension structures come in a variety of sizes.

• Frame tents are traditionally installed using a framework of round or rectangular tube. These tent structures have a frame that provides the strength, with fabric covering the top and sides. Frame tents are often smaller and can be found at outdoor events like small parties, festivals or as support tents for large clear span tents.

• There are still other tent structures; such as pop-up canopies, etc. These types of tents are generally quite small and are used for very short periods of time and come in a variety of sizes and colors.

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Industrial tents are used for a variety of commercial applications throughout the world. In the United States, industrial tents are used year-round in the oil and gas industry and for construction projects including excavation, pouring footings, foundations and concrete pads.

Industrial tents are also used on job sites for equipment refurbishing, as lunch tents, break and safety meeting tents, road salt storage tents, inventory storage tents, home building and oil and gas drilling and repair tents.

Industrial tents are also used for additional storage at manufacturing plants, usually because renting an industrial tent is less expensive than building a permanent building or because the storage space may only be needed for a few months or perhaps a year.

I received phone calls the last two years from a client that needed to build a hotel in North Dakota during the winter! He asked how I could help him, so American Pavilion installed an industrial clear span tent that was 100 feet wide and 248 feet long. The client was able to excavate, pour concrete and even build the entire first story of the hotel, all under a heated, industrial tent.

American Pavilion rented an industrial tent that is over 15,000 square feet for a U.S. government facility. That industrial tent was also a clear span and has been installed for over four years, with little maintenance. This client asked me to install lighting, HVAC and even fire suppression equipment, things that American Pavilion provides on a regular basis.

Our industrial tents  are manufactured to meet all U.S building and fire codes and they are installed quickly without special foundations of any type. Uses for industrial tents are only limited by your imagination so call the market leader of industrial tents today. Industrial tents from American Pavilion can be installed anywhere, anytime. Excellence since 1902.


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• I’m often asked what I do for a living. “I rent tents” I reply, “specifically clear span tents”. This is usually followed by a blank look and silence or for the slightly more curious, I’m asked “what is a clear span tent”? A “Clear Span” is defined as “a type of building, tent or warehouse that consists of vertical support columns around the outer perimeter of the structure with clear spaces between all support columns”. What does that really mean when describing a clear span tent? Clear span tents are designed with aluminum roof rafters which are connected with aluminum or steel purlins. This is very similar to how a permanent steel building is built, except with a clear span tent the materials are high grade, lightweight aluminum and steel alloys, for added strength. There are no interior or exterior support columns anywhere in the tent. The space inside is completely clear span with nothing to obstruct people or equipment.

• Odds are that you have been inside or at least seen a clear span tent at some point. They are a staple at almost every professional sporting event as well as corporate meetings, product displays, weddings, temporary warehouses, etc.

• One of the first questions that potential clients ask is, what are the benefits of a clear span tent over a pole tent or a pipe frame tent. I guess you could say I’m biased toward clear spans, for reasons that I list below. Clear span tents, also known as fabric structures or just structures, are designed to have the best characteristics of permanent structures yet they are manufactured to be lightweight, portable, easily installed and meet all U.S. and European building and fire codes. Clear span tents don’t require site preparation, unlike permanent buildings, and they do not require footings or foundations.

• One of my favorite benefits of clear span structures is that they can be installed in as little as one day, depending on the size, and are generally stored on semi-trailers so that they are ready at a moment’s notice. Twenty to thirty thousand square feet can be stored on a single American Pavilion trailer (we have dozens) and can be transported anywhere in North America and the Caribbean. An experienced crew can install upwards of 20,000 square feet of clear span tents per day. A single American Pavilion crew can cover an entire football field in less than two days.

• There are very few companies that have the skilled crews, large inventories and the logistical ability to provide every size clear span tent on the market, anywhere and anytime a client desires. In fact, there are fewer than half a dozen companies in the entire United States that are able to provide engineered clear span tents in any size, anywhere in the country. I did not wake up one morning and decide to rent a clear span tent. I started with one tent, then over the past 25 years I grew my inventory, worked on perfecting installation techniques, purchased dozens of semi-trucks and manufactured millions of square feet of tent fabrics. Needless to say, it’s an extremely capital intensive business that requires a specific skill set involving logistics among other skills.

American Pavilion was the first company in the country to rent and sell clear span tents. We began in 1902 making custom manufactured canvas products, then evolved to renting circus style canvas tents and now we are the leader in clear span tents; from the smallest to the largest on the market. Our Losberger and Hocker clear span tents are of the highest quality, using only the best aluminum and steel alloys along with some of the strongest coated vinyl fabrics available. These clear span tents can be installed for as little as a few days or as long as ten years, all with very little maintenance.

Clear span tents are perfect for corporate meeting and product displays, American Pavilion have done hundreds over the years. Clear spans are also perfect for temporary warehousing, commercial storage, social and sporting events, event tent rentals, oil and gas industry rentals, lunch tents, break tents and meeting tents on jobsites, just to name a few of their many uses.

Clear span tents can also be installed with heavy duty flooring, lighting, personnel doors, heavy equipment roll-up doors, air-conditioning and heat, electrical distribution, power (generators and shore power) fire suppression equipment, etc. If it is available in a permanent steel building, it is available in a clear span tent. Please view our website www.americanpavilion.com or place a call to (1.800.424.9699) so that we may help you with your rental needs including clear span tents. “Excellence since 1902”.