Custom Solution RequiredThe initial concept consisted of two smaller domes and a huge arched vault for the facility's largest area. Local suppliers were consulted, but the spans for the big area were simply too large and complex. As a result, the project architect, Percy Diaz, contacted Geometrica for a proposal. The Geometrica team traveled to the site and met with the plant operators.
The large arched vault had its drawbacks. Bending stresses were very large. It would have required increased truss depth and structural members that would have been too heavy. Clearances for access and interior space would be compromised. This vaulted shape meant that some of the existing equipment would have to be modified or have to remain uncovered. Equipment modifications were undesirable as they would require plant downtime.