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Fiberglass Building to Protect Chlorine Feed SystemCase Study

Protecting A Chlorine Feed System In Michigan

Chlorine is an incredibly useful chemical–one that we use every day in so many areas of life… But in concentrated forms, it is also a highly toxic chemical that needs to be properly contained. When used in manufacturing processes, as it often is, it needs to be managed intelligently. Chlorine will attack any kind of metal and corrode that metal quickly, so Shelter Works fiberglass buildings are a great solution for containing and protecting any chlorine feed system throughout the United States.

One company in Michigan required a new liquid chlorine vaporizer for their facilities, but in order to optimize their chlorine feed system for safety, they wanted to isolate this process from the rest of the manufacturing processes. The equipment boils liquid chlorine to a gas at high volumes, which requires the utmost safety when handling this process. The solution was to house this chlorine feed system in an isolated Shelter Works building and then feed the necessary chemicals via pipe lines to the application points throughout the manufacturing process as needed.

Why They Chose Shelter Works FRP Building

Designed By Experts

We have been working on this project for two years, and it is the most complex building of its kind. With so many custom features as a part of the chlorine feed system building, designing and completing this part of the project could have been a huge hassle, but this building was very professionally done and determining how to protect these chlorine feed systems went very smoothly.

Custom Made

Everything was custom,” Seif explained. “Because the space we had to work with was very tight, this building required custom dimensions, a custom roof pitch, and many wall cut outs. For one thing, there is a hatch on one side that can be removed to maintain some equipment in an adjoining building. There are knockout panels and bulkhead areas to accommodate multiple pipes running to and from the chlorine feed system equipment in to the main manufacturing facility.

Well Insultated

Because of the proprietary FiberBeam™ methodology used to construct the walls and roof of a Shelter Works building, no additional insulation or heater systems were needed (even though the facility is in Michigan!). The vaporizer generates enough heat on its own . Seif was very enthusiastic: “I’ve purchase many other types of prefab buildings, and pre-cast buildings in particular can be really hard to heat. This Shelter Works fiberglass shelter is great.”

Focused On Customer Service

"As a project manager on the job, I really appreciated that the Shelter Works submittal package process was so professionally done (and within our timeframes too!).” Seif said, “Because of the intricacies of this project, we had to make changes to the AutoCAD drawings three separate times, and each time, the Shelter Works team was great about making the changes.”

Engineered For Safety

The ventilation systems for this chlorine feed system were all customized to maximize the safety profile of the building. There was an emergency ventilation system installed that can direct fumes to a scrubber system for a stronger environmental profile. Temperature controlled exhaust fans and an air intake ventilation system add to the crucial ventilation security systems in this building.

Light & Brights

The interior of the building is very bright; a very small light can bounce off the walls really well and create excellent visibility within the shelter.


The whole project was delivered (on time!) just five weeks from when the purchase order was approved, and the customer is very happy.

Easy To Install

When the chlorine feed system shelter was delivered to the site, it was easily lifted off the truck and put into its very tight setting by a crane.