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How To Build A

Steel Building At

The End Of The


On August 8th, 2014, Enrique López signed

a contract with the Chilean branch of Allied

Steel Buildings. He purchased two ware-

houses that would be located almost at the farthest most

of South of the American continent known as the world’s

end where sailing and steam vessels went around the

Cape Horn for centuries.

Enrique’s company, Transportes López, was created

in 1998, and they specialize in cargo transport. For more

than one year, their food supply business for the fish

farming industry had been rising, and they needed to in-

crease their warehouse space as quickly as possible.

The first of them was going to be installed in Punta

Arenas, half a mile off the coast of the Strait of Magel-

lan, while the second identical one, would be installed in

Puerto Natales, a city located 247 km (153 mi) lying north-

west of Punta Arenas. The exact location is near Torres del

Paine National Park, designated a World Biosphere Re-

serve by UNESCO in 1978.

Both buildings were fabricated by Allied in the USA

and exported at the Port of Houston. In the southern

most part of the South American continent, the warm

season lasts from November 21 to March 16 with an aver-

age daily high temperature above 12° C (54°F) and very

strong winds up to 130 km/hour. During the summer, the

winds are so strong that city officials put up ropes be-

tween buildings in the downtown area to assist pedestri-

ans with managing the strong downdrafts created in the


The construction of the first steel warehouse started

the 10th of December and was completed by the 28th of

the same month under extreme weather conditions.

To be able to deal with the 120 km/hour winds, Al-

lied’s certified construction team started their daily jour-

ney at 4 a.m. They worked on the steel building erection

until 8.30 a.m., before the wind started blowing. Around

8.30 a.m., they switched tasks and worked at ground level

the rest of the day to avoid risks, ensure health and safety

for the team, and guarantee an optimal construction out-

put for the building.

In only 18 days, the first 1,200 m² steel warehouse was

completed and ready to be used. The second steel build-

ing was completed in Puerto Natales by the end of July,


(photo below)


Allied Steel Buildings

Boom Lifts On

Track For The Antarctic

AJ Access Platforms have fitted snow tracks to two Genie

Z60/34 articulating booms so that they can be used in

Antarctica to carry out general maintenance and repair

work at the British Antarctic Survey Halley V1 Research


Typical winter temperatures are below -20°C with

extreme lows of around -55°C, so AJ Access have provided

special biodegradable hydraulic oils and batteries for cold

weather starting, and British Antarctic Survey engineers

have incorporated pre-heating technology. The Genie

booms will run on aviation fuel because diesel would

freeze in such temperatures.

The machines will remain outside all the time, so on

many occasions the operators will have to chip off large

quantities of ice before they can start them.

Ben Norrish, Vehicles and Plant Manager for the Brit-

ish Antarctic Survey, said:

“We need reliable machines that are in good

condition because we can only take a limited

supply of parts with us and it would be very

expensive if we had to have other parts flown out.

A J Access Platforms

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