Eagle Mountain Data Center

When one of North America’s largest tech companies broke ground on a $1.8 billion, 4 million sq. ft. data center project in the remote hills of Utah, they called GNB Global to provide buildings that would serve as crafts commons for the thousands of construction crew members onsite.

Once all fire-code information and permits had been obtained, our team of engineers got to work designing the ideal structures for the site. Assembly-style buildings were needed to accommodate morning bend-and-stretch meetings with up to 600 people – while also functioning as lunch rooms, fitness centers, Shark Tank-style business pitch centers, and COVID-19 screening areas. These buildings needed to be insulated in order to provide shelter against the elements year-round: extremely hot temperatures and high winds in the summer months, and heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures in the winter. Smaller, low-hazard structures were also required for warehouse purposes.

On top of these requirements, construction crews working on the data center were experiencing inclement weather delays – namely, the high winds and ensuing fine dust that settled on nearly every surface. The typical poly sheeting used to “protect” construction sites from the elements was not holding up.

Within a six-week turnaround, GNB Global had designed, shipped, and installed six initial structures – each 72’ in height and 140’ wide – to Eagle Mountain, Utah. A total of 131,000 sq. ft. of work space was ready to be used by the various trades crews. To eliminate weather-related construction delays, our proprietary Reusable Weather Enclosure System (RWES) was also deployed on site. These purposefully-designed flexible panels tightly fit around construction areas, keeping out dirt, wind, and moisture, while offering sufficient lighting and manual access.

Phase 1 of the project was such a success that we were asked to sign on for a further five phases of the construction process. We have since provided 13 total buildings to the Eagle Mountain site, and following the Utah project, we were awarded similar projects in Illinois, Oregon, Georgia, and Tennessee – helping speed up construction and ensure that thousands of staff had high-quality, code-standard buildings in which to work safely.

Hartman Walsh

Location: Courtney, British Columbia, Canada 

Building Size: Eight 22’ x 50’ structures 

Application: Portable coverings for hydro pipelines of 12’ diameter 

Fabric Structure United States 

Scope of the Project 

Hartman Walsh approached GNB Global with a unique situation: they needed coverage for an existing large pipeline while allowing enough room beside the pipe for their team to blast and recoat itThe covers also had to be mobile, so they could be moved down the line as needed; they had to be lightweight enough to be moved by only ATVs, due to space restrictions; and they had to be rugged and tough, as they would be lifted in and out of place by a crane at multiple points. Even with all of those qualities, each structure would have to conform to provincial and national building code standards to ensure crew safety. Finally, each design had to accommodate the large diameter of the pipe (12’), while having thick enough sidewalls to contain excess blast material and paint sprayand allowing for proper entry/exit points in accordance with fire codes.  

The blueprints were unique, but GNB Global rose to the challenge and delivered on the client’s vision with buildings that flawlessly performed in the field. A GNB Global crew joined Hartman Walsh in the field as the structures were installed, ensuring everything went smoothly and remained quickly available for any needed advice or assistance. 

GNB Global listens intently to clients’ needs and invests the necessary time right from the start to truly understand their vision. With a diehard attitude and an unstoppable work ethic, we deliver building solutions that perform in any environment, for any application. 

Aecon / Rio Tinto

Location: Horetzky Camp (Kemano, British Columbia, Canada)

Building Size: 36′ x 42′, with 332 lb/ft2 snow load capacity

Application: Emergency vehicle storage

Horetzky Camp (Kemano, British Columbia, Canada) 

Scope of the Project

In the remote mountains near the central BC coast, Aecon & Rio Tinto needed a large emergency vehicle storage shelter for their power generation plant. However, with no road access to the site, and a reputation for heavy snowfall, the design and installation of this structure would be unlike any other – and to top it off, we had only 3 weeks to design, transport, and install it.

We started by collecting all necessary information about the building’s requirements, including foundation needs, insulation, overhead doors, and the ability to withstand snow loads up to 332 lb/ft2. We got to work designing and manufacturing the trusses, fabric, and foundations. Soon it was time to transport everything to the site – starting with flights to Terrace, BC, followed by an hour’s drive to Kitimat, half a day on a barge to Kemano, and finally, heading an hour up a mountainside to complete the trip.

After two days of travel and two more orientations, our installation team was ready to go. They set the lock block foundations and erected the standing trusses, followed by an insulation package, overhead doors, and fabric cover. In just three weeks from start to finish, across thousands of kilometres of rugged terrain, this project highlights the GNB Global commitment to reliable and unbeatable service, quality, and design. Through the whole process, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients, delivering custom structures and solutions for every environment.

The Mosaic Co.

Location: K3 Mine Site, Esterhazy, SK 

Building Size: Four 72′ x 154 structures 

Application: Critical component warehousing & sub-assembly 

K3 Mine Site, Esterhazy, SK

Scope of the Project 

The Mosaic Company, a phosphate and potash mining group, approached GNB Global to provide a turnkey solution for incoming materials that needed to be stored and sub-assembled above ground, prior to being sent down into their mines. Requiring more than 44,000 sq. ft of space, we set out to create four 72’ x 140’ buildings in under two months.

Midway through the project, the designs changed in order to accommodate a greater overall height of each structure. GNB Global quickly and efficiently implemented the new dimensions, continuing with the work uninterrupted and saving time and money for Mosaic. Installed on one-row concrete lock block foundations, the final four structures were 72’ x 154’, and our crews received multiple weekly safety awards over the course of the installation – showing why GNB Global’s A rating from ISNETWorld is well-earned.

Oil & Gas Client

Location: Throughout Saskatchewan 

Building Size: 100’ x 144 

Application: Cold storage warehousing and pre-fabrication 

Scope of the Project 

A major oil and gas company came to GNB in need of a 100’ x 144’ cold storage and pre-fabrication facility at their Rush Lake SAGD plant in Saskatchewan. The structure had to be able to maintain its integrity, withstand the extreme heat and cold of prairie weather, and suit the company’s abilities and visions for the site.

GNB collaborated with this major oil and gas company to design and engineer the structure, and soon the construction phase was underway. Seeing that we understood their needs, and trusting that we would stand behind our work and deliver on our promises, the oil and gas company was impressed at our reliability, determination, and ultimate quality. From daily reports and morning meetings to unquestionable safety standards and service, GNB’s investment into the project’s success convinced the oil and gas company that they could further benefit from our abilities.

Following the first project for this oil and gas company, we signed a two-year MSA that covered upcoming SAGD plants in Northeastern Saskatchewan. Since then, we have installed an additional four similar structures, and the MSA has been extended until December 2022.

Pembina Pipeline

Location: Fox Creek & Hythe, AB 

Building Size: 48L10 x 98 

Application: Remote onsite warehousing 

Remote onsite warehousing 

Scope of the Project 

At a remote site west of Fox Creek, AB, Pembina was in need of a large storage facility to bolster its operational abilities. To create the necessary design, GNB worked closely with Pembina to maximize space while minimizing costs. Together, we engineered a structure with a 24”  leg extension placed on a foundation of concrete lock blocks, giving additional overall height. We created flooring from rig matting and supplied racks to fill the space.  

From design and engineering to the final safety, quality, and sales process, GNB exceeded all expectations of Pembina, and we became a preferred supplier for their company. Since then, we have supplied an identical structure for another one of their pipelines, located in Hythe, AB.