If one thing is certain about the future, it's that we will require more food to keep people well fed and healthy. The commercial greenhouse industry is growing and expanding to accommodate the food needs of our communities. One question that appears, is how will these large commercial greenhouse structures be built? For decades, Kee Klamp fittings have been used to build large, structurally sound, greenhouses for commercial use.
One such commercial greenhouse was constructed in Baja, California by RDI. RDI offers a comprehensive design, construction, and real estate services for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and health projects. This is what they had to say about their commercial greenhouse project:
Earlier this year we were presented the opportunity to build greenhouses for seedlings in Baja California. Our customer needs were: independent Quonset tunnels, no welding of metal structure, harvesting and irrigation and rainwater, and compatibility with different irrigation methods (drip, flood, and automated).
On top of this, plants have other more important needs: lots of sun, lots of water, much drainage, low disease transmission, and above all: homogeneity. During the design phase, our main problem was to meet the requirement that the galvanized steel could not use any welding.
We were lucky to find Kee Klamp fittings from Simplified Building. The Kee Klamps solved all types of joints needed in greenhouses, were very easy to assemble and disassemble, and provided enough structural strength and rust durability.
To test the capabilities of our design, we built a prototype that met all customer expectations. Now we are waiting for the healthy growth of the first seedlings.
The following fittings were the ones that were used by RDI to constructed the greenhouses in this post:
- 26-7 - Two Socket Cross - These were used to connect the length pipes to the arches in the ceiling.
- 17-7 - Clamp-on Crossover - These also connected the length pipes to the arches, but allowed the pipe to pass through in both directions.
- 14-7 - Straight Coupling - Used to join longer lengths of pipe in various places in the structure.
- 19-7 - Adjustable Side Outlet Tee- Used to connect the top arches to the side uprights. The 19 allow for variability in the angle.
- 62-7 - Base Flange - Used to connect the upright support pipes to the concrete footers.
- Various other fittings were also used in smaller quantities, but these fittings made up the bulk of the structure.
Whether you are building a greenhouse for your backyard or one to house thousands of seedlings, Kee Klamp fittings modularity and durability can help you efficiently build custom structures that will last for decades.
RDI tapped into our design team to help them understand which fittings would work best for constructing their greenhouses. You can contact our projects team for free, helpful advise on using the product.