1. Plan & Design.
The first stage, as with any large project, is to think things through and plan.
Find out which mistakes you needs to avoid, and make sure you have a very clear idea of how you want your project to turn out.
You will also need to decide the scope of your project. Will you just be building an arena surface and small border, or do you plan on building a fully enclosed indoor?
2. Find your location.
Part of planning is finding a location for your arena. It should have easy access, should avoid water run-off during rain, and be protected from the weather if possible.
Also important will be making sure you arena fits, so measure your available space and decide on an appropriate arena size.
3. Build the Base.
For proper drainage, you’ll need to level your arena and lay crushed stone as a base. You can then look at laying the surface.
The most important thing at this stage is making sure your arena drains well, particularly if you aren’t planning on building a cover.
4. Design your indoor.
If you’re building a steel indoor, do some research & find out about local companies that can build for you. Look for a company that will handle your building permits, can adjust the project according to your desires, and has their own team of designers & engineers.
5. Build & enjoy.
When your arena is complete, enjoy it! If possible, share it or rent it out when you aren’t using it. Hold lessons. Make sure that your new arena is something that you and others get a lot of joy from.
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Things To Consider When Building A Factory
Type Of Manufacturing Process
The type of manufacturing process you are planning for your factory will be the main determinant of aspects like floor load, head space, bay sizes and so on. This depends on the types of machines and equipment that will be used.
How you choose to arrange machines, offices and service centers have a large amount of influence in the design and construction of plant buildings. The labour pattern should be planned out first and the building should shell around this design. Remember to provide for flexibility for future needs also.
The size of your factory will depend on space requirements for the flow and storage of materials, machines and movement of employees. The height of the ceiling will depend on the type of equipment used.
Having ease when handling materials helps reduce manufacturing cycle time, avoids production bottlenecks and reduces cost of material handling. Machinery such as cranes, conveyor belts and hoists are valuable to have in material handling. If you need to have an inbuilt crane in your factory this may affect structural costs and design.
Your factory should be designed around security so there is protection from fire, burglary etc. You may need fire resistant concrete panel walls and sprinkler systems. Remember to install features such as automatic alarms, safety lights and fire escape exits.
Good lighting assists employees productivity and value of work. Remember to ensure there is enough natural and electrical light available in working space of employees.
Heating, Cooling, Ventilation
Proper ventilation will be required to provide adequate fresh air for employees health. Air conditioning and heating should be installed into office areas. It is common for solar panels to be installed on factories to assist in the large amounts of power required for services such as these. Remember that the statutory requirements of the Factories Act should be met.
There should be adequate access for cars and trucks on the site of your factory. Parking facilities should be provided for employees and visitors and a loading bay for trucks should be taken into account if necessary.
Contractors and Commercial Builders
When deciding who to engage in the building of your factory it is necessary to ensure all parties are experienced in the construction of industrial builders. You may choose to build your factory as an owner builder which is a less expensive choice, employing the necessary contractors yourself throughout the whole process. On the contary you may choose to engage a commercial builder to look after the entire building process for you from start to finish. This is more expensive but less time consuming and less stressful.