About prattski53

I was raised in rural Alberta and like most kids of the day, moved to the city for College and never moved back. However, I still have lots of connections and a keen interest in supporting economic development communities outside metropolitan areas. I have been a life long entrepreneur with various degrees of success. This blog will be less about me than about projects and opportunities I have an interest in. Hopefully, my readers will find items of interest as well.

We’re Back!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkpIHjpfSKQ

We go months (or years) without anything new to add and then everything happens at once!

We have a number of projects under development; several new corporate associates; and 2014 promises to be a great year. We plan to update this blog on a regular basis, with items that we think are of interest to our clientele and industry at large. In the meantime, here is a short time lapse video of a small (12,000 sq. ft.) Airwise Dome going up in a few hours.

Airwise Sports Domes

Re: Airwise Sports Domes for Year Round or Seasonal Play

Soccer is the fastest growing sport in North America and is rapidly becoming as popular indoors as ourdoors.

   

 Smaller communities and clubs are often unable to afford such facilities and are forced to share space in the local gym or arena or forego indoor soccer altogether. Airwise offers practical, low cost options to sports groups, leagues and communities so this can be a viable reality in their communities.

A simple Airwise Dome mounted to subsurface anchors directly to the ground. May be mounted to a ring beam, a pony wall, atop grandstands or attached to adjacent buildings.

 

 Airwise Environmental Structures may be as plain or elaborate as you wish, or your budget allows:

Proposal for Casino/Convention Centre where ‘curb appeal’ is an important component of design and function…

 Airwise Domes are suitable for covering large areas. This might be multiple indoor courts or full size soccer courts, baseball or football fields or a combination of these, allowing different sports organizations to share and participate in a single facility.

 

Full sized, outdoor soccer field next to 4 indoor courts.

 

 Two Baseball fields, outfield to outfield.

 Airwise Environmental Structures evolved from the greenhouse industry. Our unique cable reinforcing format transfers almost all of the load from the fabric cover to equidistant cables, typically placed every 4 ft or so.

The stress in our covers is about 1/10 that of others in the industry. This allows the use of much lighter cover material, allowing up to 85% of natural light into the structure. Shadow-free, daylight conditions and lots of ventilation, provide optimum ‘outdoor’ playing conditions year round. No artificial light is required during the day. Night light is supplied, not by interior lights, but by exterior lighting that shines through the cover, again delivering shadow-free illumination, ideal for sports play.

Airwise Domes are the only product that supports natural grass and plants instead of artificial turf. Grown under ideal lighting conditions, natural grass in a Dome will require less than 20% of the water required outside. With a firm base that never gets muddy, natural grass offers a very durable, self healing and affordable option to artificial turf.

Airwise Domes are low pressure, not high pressure Air-supported Structures. We use Low Pressure High Volume Fans (LPHV) instead of high pressure blowers. Our Domes are well ventilated, exchanging the air as often as 15 times per hour.

Year Round or Seasonal Operation

Covers up to several hundred thousand square feet can easily be deflated and stowed for the summer months with the anchors and mechanical systems left in place for the following season. Deployment and inflation will take less than a day with a knowledgeable supervisor and half a dozen competent laborers.

Buildings up to 60,000 sq. ft. can be delivered in a ‘Building in a Box’ format. The mechanical and electrical systems are installed in a standard 40 ft. shipping container with enough room for the cover to be stowed, stored and shipped. These covers can be deployed in half a day.

A ‘Building in a Box’: a standard shipping container (shown here with a shroud around it) houses the doors, fans, genset, electrical panel, etc. Both personnel door and 8′ garage door for vehicle entry are included.

 

 Back of Container showing entry and door on left, garage door centre and room for mechanical/electrical on the right.

 

When deployed, the Container becomes part of the Dome. When stored or shipped, there is room in the container for up to a 60,000 sq. ft. Airwise Cover. In this format, an Airwise Dome can be deployed or stowed in a day.

 

A small Airwise Dome, 120′ x 150′ (18,000 sq. ft. to cover 2 – 3 lots while housing is under construction.

 

 Houses, vehicles and personnel are to scale.

 Complete Package

Airwise Environmental Structures come complete with Electrical/Mechanical systems, back up generator, HVAC systems, automated air handling and pressure control system anchors and ground seals. Our proprietary One Piece cover incorporates an engineered cable support system and a built in, secondary liner for insulation and air control.

Where required, we also have professionals on hand for engineering, permitting, etc.

Where the community is involved, we may be able to provide financing under a P3 format. Certain conditions apply.

Airwise Environmental Structures Inc. is working with event organizers and entertainment professionals to work with appropriate communities to host major concerts and events as fundraisers on an annual basis, contributing to the economic development of the host community and providing a means to pay for their Airwise Dome and its operating costs.

If an indoor sports facility is something your club or community has been considering, Airwise Domes are the natural and most affordable option on the market today.

Why wait? Contact us now to find out how an Airwise Dome can serve your needs.

We look forward to working with you.

Wayne Pratt

President

403-480-4979

info@environeta.com

 A few additional pictures:

 

 Typical end with fans and door detail.

 

 Two Airwise Structures side by side used for the alien ‘hive’ in the X-Files Movie

 

 Inside view of cover mounted on 4 ft. pony wall.

 

Inside Driving Range with Natural Grass. Note the bright, natural light!

Mining, Oil Field & Construction Camps

Instead of a conventional construction camp…

Why not make it a year round resort?

This 1000 man ‘Camp’ is on a 20 acre site, 1320 ft. long x 660 ft. wide.

Instead of 6 – 10 men to a trailer, everyone is housed in 1 and 2 brm apartments, 480 – 560 sq. ft., single 4 piece bath, with or without kitchens, complete with balconies.

Totally enclosed and weatherproof (I left the ends off for visual effect), it includes full recreational facilities; resort style pool, basketball/volleyball courts, soccer/football field, fitness centre, etc.

There are 4 levels of apartments, covered parking for 500 vehicles, over 50,000 sq. ft. for commercial, restaurant, retail, etc.
Airwise Environmental Structures evolved from the greenhouse industry. Our Domes support natural grass and plants, keeping the air fresh and clean year round. Studies have shown that people work, play and sleep better in such a naturally lit and well ventilated environment.

The rooftops can also be used; tennis courts, patios, outdoor meeting places, etc.

Because the entire site is climate protected, services can be installed at surface without fear of frost. Even in the dead of winter, a 20 acre Airwise Dome will benefit from over 2 billion btu of passive solar heat. Frozen sewage and water systems are a major concern in traditional trailer based construction camps.

Camps for as few as 300 to 5,000 – 10,000 or more can be custom designed for extreme weather at either end of the spectrum.

Benefits include: better employee morale, improved health and fitness, privacy, year round resort facilities, less sick days and many more.

When the project is finished, the entire community can be disassembled, refurbished and moved to another site anywhere in the world to be used again. Because all the services are surface mounted, the vacated site is left with minimum disruption. No more ghost towns.

More information is available at the Airwise website www.airwisestructures.com

Construction Cover: Safety, Security and Employee Morale

Winter and foul weather construction not only costs more in financial terms; it causes additional safety concerns and is detrimental to employee morale.

Working heavily clothed for cold weather, icy or wet spots on surfaces, hazards hidden under the snow, all contribute to slower and less safe working conditions.

Quality of work and materials often suffers from extreme cold or wet conditions, sometimes requiring that work be redone or material replaced. This can represent significant additional costs to a project, costs that are often eaten by the contractor.

A simple solution is an Airwise Environmental Structure to cover the entire project site or portions of the site as work progresses.

An Airwise Construction ‘Dome’ offers year round, fair weather building conditions.

  • The site remains dry and warm, even on the coldest, wettest days.
  •  Unsecured sheeting and other materials are no longer hazards flying off rooftops.
  • Warm, dry, safer working conditions contribute to better worker morale and reduced costs.
  • Weather related quality concerns are eliminated.
  • Site is naturally heated and lit during the day and is easily lit for round the clock shifts when necessary to meet critical timetables.
  • Site security is enhanced; less material and equipment ‘walks’ from the site.
  • Sites of any size or shape can be covered with an Airwise Dome.

Generally speaking, the site remains accessible to large equipment, trucks and materials.

Large clearspan areas and high clearances allow obstacle free use of loaders and cranes.

An Airwise Construction Dome can be deployed or stowed in a matter of hours with a small crew and moved to another similar site to be re-used over and over again, allowing the investment to be distributed across multiple projects.

More information is available at www.airwisestructures.com or leave a comment with contact information.

Airwise Sports Domes make so much sense!

If your soccer club had an Airwise Sports Dome, you wouldn’t get caught in the rain!!

Airwise offers affordable, year round or seasonal protection from all kinds of weather for any sports. Our Domes are well ventilated, naturally lit and heated. You can install artificial turf if you like, but natural grass thrives in an Airwise. It can be as simple as setting up over an existing grass field, marking your lines and you’re in business.

If you had your ‘druthers’, which where would you ‘druther’ play?

Better for spectators, too!

Check us out at www.airwisestructures.com

 

Welcome to my Musings!

This Blog

This is primarily a company blog we will use to describe some of our ideas, to develop our philosophy and direction, and introduce potential customers and the public at large to our products and services. We hope to keep from boring our readers to sleep and occasionally intrigue them, encouraging them to become a part of our discussion.

Environeta Solutions Inc. Is a developer, promoter and marketer for a number of proprietary technologies and systems, primarily to do with construction and energy.

Enviro n eta: eta is the greek number 8 and is symbolized by a stylized ‘h‘ or ‘hthat almost no one recognizes but is actually a symbol for efficiency. So, Environeta Solutions is actually Environmentally Efficient Solutions to challenges we face today.

Everything we do in society is governed by $$. The best technology in the world is of little value if no one can afford to use it. Environeta spends as much effort on finding ways for people to acquire our various systems and technologies as we do in promoting the technologies themselves.

As free thinkers of primarily a libertarian bent, we do not believe it is necessary for government to be involved in every idea or project we develop. We cannot encourage smaller, leaner government by making everything we do subject to subsidies or grants from that same government. ‘He who pays the piper, calls the tune!’ Our projects and systems are all designed to be self sufficient and profitable in the mid and long term.