Market Sector

LAPRAIRIE Frac Sand Storage

LAPRAIRIE Frac Sand Storage

140’ wide x 320’ long – 44,800 square feet
LAPRAIRIE operates a large silica sand aggregate mining operation in Western Canada that currently supplies high grade frac sand to a number oil and gas service companies with hydraulic fracturing (frac) operations.

In late 2011, LAPRAIRIE needed to increase their frac sand storage capacity at their Horn River Basin British Columbia location in order to meet increased demand. With winter quickly approaching, LAPRAIRIE looked to fast track the construction of a 28,000 ton facility.

After carefully considering a number of options, Sprung was selected as the product of choice due in part to the speed of delivery, installation timetable, and engineered clear span design with radius ends that could meet the challenging environment loads commonly found in the Canadian north.

This 140′ wide x 320′ long Sprung structure was delivered from inventory within two weeks of order and took 28 days to construct on site. Sprung’s exclusive low temperature arctic membrane, designed for cold weather installations, ensured that the project was completed on time and on budget with daytime temperatures averaging minus 26°C (-14°F).

The structure was erected on concrete blocks each measuring 2½ feet by 2½ feet by 5 feet long and the pad was created using an innovative soil cement process, all of which saved significant time and money compared to traditional concrete foundations. The radius ends of the Sprung structure provide a functional and economic solution, ideal for frac sand storage.


“The Sprung structure was an ideal solution for this project due in part to, speed of delivery, ease of erection, special membrane and interface with the concrete blocks.”