Is BlastPLEX only available in 12×40 footprints?
It is only available in 12×40 modular footprints, but modules can be combined to create buildings as large as 72 x 80. The reason for this is as follows:
The first step in designing the BlastPLEX began with analyzing MBI’s extensive history of manufactured buildings. In doing so, 12 x 40 footprints consisted of approximately 80% of the buildings manufactured over the last three years.
Because every component available in the BlastPLEX system is already engineered, adding various sized footprints would broadly expand the engineering scope and timeline. Moreover, from a production standpoint, these additional footprints would require a higher level of raw material inventory to be maintained, increase cost and time on the overall project.
Has MBI ever subjected its buildings to actual live tests?
Yes. MBI has not only subjected buildings to live tests for blasts, it has also tested buildings on Projectiles, Ballistics/Fragmentation and Forced Entry.
Are MBI buildings API RP 752/753 Certified?
API RP 752/753 is a recommend practice with guidelines for where the buildings should be located. There are no building specifications within these Recommended Practices, other than that the building be able to protect occupants from the potential hazards in the area in which it is place. The fact is, currently there is no independent third party governing authority who “certifies” buildings to be API RP 752/753 compliant. It is for this reason that every building on your site should have Material Integrity documentation.
Why is OSHA Mechanical Integrity documentation needed for my Blast Resistant Buildings?
Mechanical Integrity documentation removes the ambiguity of the building’s capability and consists of professionally stamped engineering structural drawing and calculations; all material traceability documentation, material tests and non-destructive test reports, MSDS sheets; and all fabrication certifications, including welding and construction process documentation.
Taking into consideration that a large portion of the industry deems our products as critical safety equipment and lines of defense, we provide the required documentation for OSHA Mechanical Integrity
Why you need PSI rating, duration, and damage response criteria when specifying a building?
It is very important that each of these criterions be defined when specifying out your blast resistant building. PSI alone is not what causes the damage to a building, the time lapse of the event has an intense impact on the damage that will be caused. The damage response criteria, in accordance with the ASCE guidelines, will determine the condition and function of the building after the specified event. Refer to our Blast/Explosion page for more details.
Does MBI Install the Complexes on site?
MBI does not install buildings on site. However, if required, MBI will provide an onsite installation engineer to advise on proper installation.
Are MBI’s BRMs ADA compliant?
MBI offers both non-ADA and ADA compliant buildings. The determining factors of which should be used are code requirements and/or customer specifications.
How does MBI’s BRM construction costs compare to traditional methods/materials of construction?
There are many benefits to MBI’s modular design blast resistant buildings. One of the benefits is cost. A typical MBI blast resistant building is comparative to the cost of a NON blast resistant traditional construction building. Some of the other major benefits to MBI’s modular designs include: quicker delivery schedules, portability, flexibility through our patent pending mechanical connection system. It also limits onsite labor and safety issues by utilizing an offsite controlled environment for construction.
What is the approximate weight of an MBI BRM?
The weight of our buildings varies from project to project, depending upon the size of the building and the level of interior finishing. To give you an idea, our standard 12×40 modules weigh 37,000lbs.
How is transportation to the site handled?
MBI has the capability of transporting buildings by truck, train, water, or air, however, for domestic applications; the most common transportation method is by truck.