How Does A Sprung Structure Compare?

When you compare our buildings feature by feature, you will quickly see how the Sprung structure outperforms other construction alternative. Sprung provides a durable, high performance, relocatable building solution that can be erected quickly and efficiently.

Quality begins with intelligent, innovative design and choice of materials. And when you consider its rapid construction time, greater energy efficiency, long-term flexibility and lower lifespan costs, you’ll agree a Sprung structure is the obvious building choice.

Feature Sprung Structure Pre-Engineered Metal Building Conventional Construction
Design Time 10 days 2-3 months 6-8 months
Construction Time 2-4 weeks
500-1500 sq ft per day
9-12 months More than 12 months
Insulation 8 or 9 inch Johns Manville Insulation 6-inch R20 wall squeezed to R14
6-inch R20 roof squeezed to R11
R20 wall
R20 roof
Lighting Levels Reflection of the light off the white interior membrane reduces number of light fixtures required Requires more lighting fixtures Requires more lighting fixtures
Maintenance Schedule Rust free aluminum substructure. Our patented tensioning system does not require any re-tensioning of panels for the life of the structure. Standing seam metal roof prone to large thermal movements creating leaking and requires continuous maintenance, especially at penetrations Regular maintenance is required
Flexibility to Relocate Yes No No
Airtight Building Envelope Efficiency Air Permeability almost 0, results in excellent energy performance Poor airtightness Moderate airtightness
Energy Savings And Operating Costs Up to 20% energy savings over pre-engineered metal buildings Poor energy performance Moderate energy performance
High Ceiling Excellent clearspan views Some limitations due to lower interior clear height Some limitations due to lower interior clear height
Lifespan Indefinite lifespan simply by replacing exterior membrane every 15-30 years depending on membrane selection N/A N/A


Design Time

Describes the phase when professionals use your building requirements to create a full set of architectural drawings in preparation for permitting and development.

Construction Time

Refers to the phase after permits and approvals are in place, and includes work done from breaking ground to your arena's opening day.


Measured in R-value (for thermal resistance), where a higher number makes a building more efficient, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly for both heating and cooling.

Lighting Levels

Determined by both the number of fixtures needed to bring a building's lighting to an optimal level for sporting activities, and the reflectivity of interior surfaces that make fixtures more efficient.

Maintenance Schedule

Factors in overall durability and ease of cleaning exterior membrane, where a low-maintenance structure results in keeping arena costs stable and manageable over a longer term.

Flexibility to Relocate

Refers to the ease with which an arena can be disassembled and relocated elsewhere, which is dependent on features such as prefabricated design and lightweight, flexible materials.

Airtight Building Envelope Efficiency

The efficiency of your arena at reducing any incoming air, which is directly related to your building's heating and cooling costs.

Energy Savings And Operating Costs

Combines several factors, including insulation, maintenance schedule and airtight building envelope efficiency, with a building scoring high in all areas providing better energy savings and lower operating costs.

High Ceiling

Describes the benefits to an arena provided by having a higher ceiling, which include improved air circulation, unimpeded views, and a wider range of activities possible in the building.


Estimates the average time a building can be in use before it can no longer serve its intended purpose and needs replacement, which is dependent on design, environment and quality of materials.

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