How did we do it?
Codelco (Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile) is a state-owned Chilean company and the world’s largest copper producing company. For the Andina mine, located in the Andes Mountains, Codelco needed 3 mining structures. These structures had to serve as warehouses for construction material. They needed to withstand a wind speed up to 150 km/h and a snow load of 400 kg/m². The structures had to be installed on a remote location, 2.200 meters above sea level.
Veldeman designed a custom made 30m wide reinforced TFS structure. It was developed in compliance with Chilean construction standards. The structure consists of an aluminium frame with a high quality PVC fabric cover. It combines the advantages of a lightweight structure with the strength, safety and finishing of a permanent building. A great asset is its excellent snow shedding ability thanks to the unique curved roof, which has a slope of 25°. Moreover, the structure is extendable and relocatable.
Three mining structures were delivered: 2 structures of 30m by 75m and one structure of 30m by 100m. The lightweight design allowed for a quick installation with limited site preparations. Veldeman provided a total solution, including lighting, electrical systems, heating and doors.