Temporary Structures Guidebook for 2018


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Temporary and semi-permanent structures are unique in that they can be designed to meet nearly any specification, built in a matter of days than dismantled and removed from a site. With the capability of being reused again and again, they make less of an environmental impact than a permanent building. These advantages are some of the driving factors behind the increasing use of temporary structures and semi-permanent buildings in a variety of business sectors from entertainment to high end office space.

InProduction’s line of premium temporary and semi-permanent structures are available in both glass and solid panels, with a variety of roofs, canopies, and overhangs. These structures may be classified into modern and ultra-modern styles that combine innovative designs with turn-key services.

InProduction also handles the design and logistics needed to deliver a temporary structure to a site. The flexibility of this approach allows us to create memorable, cost-effective structures for many venues.

Modern Temporary and Semi-Permanent Structures

Modern temporary and semi-permanent structures from InProduction combine style with functionality, making them a cost-effective solution for multi-functional spaces.

Modern structures are less expensive, easier to install and more readily available than ultra-modern structures. The common feature of a modern structure are the vertical architectural panels.

Ultra-Modern Temporary Structures

Ultra-modern temporary structures use horizontal architectural panels, which are wider than they are tall. This feature lends to an innovative and contemporary look.

These temporary structures are more expensive than modern structures because they take longer to install. Ultra-modern structures engage audiences with their award-worthy architecture by bringing design, creativity, and implementation together.

Temporary Structure Design

Temporary structure design takes into consideration a number of factors such as structure size, structure type, style, terrain and interior design.

Size matters

A general rule of thumb is to provide 10 square feet (sq. ft.) per person for an open building, 15 sq. ft. per person for a building with furniture and 20 to 25 sq. ft. per person for a VIP space.

Structure Type and Style

What’s important; functionality, the look and feel, or perhaps both?  At this point, you will need to decide on a modern or ultra-modern design, including specific features such as the number of stories and roof style.

Either design allows for a second story, although this feature will require more work to construct. Roof styles may be classified into flat and pitched types, with pitched roofs being more common in areas that receive heavy snow.


Site issues that affect a temporary structure design include the surface material, which may be grass, dirt, asphalt or concrete.

For example, it’s important to know if the structure can be staked or if ballast must be used. A site with a significant slope can also determine the best choice of design. Temporary structures may cost significantly more to install in some locations, which occurs where labor is required.

Interior Design

The customization of the interior and furniture is the next phase in the design process.

This phase is actually more complex than exterior design and accounts for most of the design costs. You’ll likely spend a good deal of time reviewing photos of completed projects to determine preferences for the interior design.

Temporary Structures Logistics and Installation

Logistical planning for the installation of a temporary structure begins with an assessment of requirements such as additional equipment. Unlike a one-story structure, a two-story design will most likely require a crane or forklift.

Multi-story structures require additional engineering and anchoring as there is far more scruinity given during the permitting review process.

Some sites have a marshaling.  This is good to know because it will affect how freight is delivered and the process that needs to be followed.

A site may also have a manager who will need to coordinate activities between various contractors. The process of loading materials onto trucks, transporting them and off-loading is also an important part of the logistics phase of installing a temporary structure.

Construction time depends on a variety of factors, especially size. A structure that measures 10 meters by 10 meters may be completed in as little as two days, whereas larger more complex builds can take upwards of 30 days to complete.

A structure generally requires about half the time to dismantle as it did to construct.

Additional factors that affect construction time include the following:

  • Site accessibility
  • Material selection
  • Degree of customization

Interior elements such as power, lighting, and flooring are some of the customized features that have the greatest effect on completion time.

InProduction partners with specialized subcontractors who provide the additional services needed to deliver a complete turn-key package. You’ll receive a single bill for the entire project, even when it requires subcontractors.

Find Out More About Temporary Structures

Organizations are increasingly likely to use temporary or semi-permanent structures rather than traditional permanent structures.

Growing concerns over environmental impact often cause organizations to select a structure that can be easily dismantled without leaving significant traces.

Both types of temporary structures offer you many options. The design phase enables you to customize the design, especially the interior, to your unique needs.