Seasonal Research and Outreach Centers Hoop Structures

Use this Self-Help Guide to understand minimum requirements for Seasonal Research & Outreach Centers Hoop Structures. These structures can be erected year round, but actual use is limited to the growing seasons that are typically spring (March) to fall (November). This assessment would include reviewing and evaluating the manufactured structure to establish minimum design and user operational guidelines for the construction to be allowed. 

In order for Seasonal Research & Outreach Centers Hoop Structures to be used for this purpose, they must adhere to specific conditions defined in this Self-Help Guide. 

Minimum Guidelines

  • Materials allowed: 75% of the structure surface must be covered with translucent plastic which is less than 20 millimeters in thickness
  • 1800 square feet maximum area:
    • 24 feet maximum in width
    • 75 feet maximum in length
    • 12 feet maximum in height to the ridge
  • 6 occupants (associated with the University of Minnesota) max at one time
  • Must have a minimum of one 36 inch wide and 80 inches in height exit door
  • No associated mechanical, plumbing or electric fixtures

If the Seasonal Research & Outreach Centers Hoop Structure doesn't meet the specific requirements outlined in this guide, both an Architectural/Engineer assessment/design and permit will be required. In order for structures to be used for this purpose, they must adhere to specific conditions defined in this Self-Help Guide. For specific questions contact Clayton Talbot (talbo047@umn.edu).

Conditions of Acceptance for Seasonal Research and Outreach Center Hoop Structures

Follow Seasonal Research and Outreach Center Hoop Structures Size Guidelines

Follow Seasonal Research and Outreach Center Hoop Structures Size Guidelines

The structure must meet the following MAXIMUM size guidelines: 1,800 square feet, 24 feet in width, 75 feet in length, 12 feet in height to ridge, up to 6 occupants (associated with the University of Minnesota) at one time. Must have a MINIMUM 36 inch wide and 80 inches in height exit door at each end of the structure. Any structure greater than 36 feet will require an additional exit door. All doors must be side-hinged or have a clear unobstructed opening. Materials allowed: 75% of the structure surface must be covered with translucent plastic which is less than 20 millimeters in thickness.

Follow all design or manufacturer's recommendations

Follow all design or manufacturer's recommendations

You must follow all the design or manufacturers recommendations that come with the structure.

Erect structure on a suitable location

Erect structure on a suitable location

Seek approval from appropriate authorities for location. The structure must be at least 30 feet away from any permanent structure.

Follow field research guidelines

Follow field research guidelines

This structure must be used to conduct field research only and meet the following guidelines: a) A maximum of 6 occupants for this structure, b) The structure is not used as a general classroom gathering area, and c) The general-public is prohibited from using or entering the structure.

Follow heating source, electrical power, and plumbing guidelines

Follow heating source, electrical power, and plumbing guidelines

There are NO heating, electrical, or plumbing fixtures allowed in the structure.

Follow fire hazard guidelines

Follow fire hazard guidelines

Combustible vegetation that could create a fire hazard must be removed from the area surrounding the structure for a maximum distance of 30 feet. Combustible vegetation is any material that left in its natural state will readily ignite, burn and cause a fire: this includes dry grass, brush, litter, and waste. Combustible materials or flammable liquids (i.e. hay, dry combustible plan vegetation, gasoline, etc.) are not to be stored within the structure. A fire extinguisher should be located at each entrance.

Follow snow guidelines

Follow snow guidelines

At any point, if snow has accumulated on or around the structure it cannot be occupied/entered. 

Follow Hoop Structure anchoring guidelines

Follow Hoop Structure anchoring guidelines

The structure at all times must be permanently anchored.

Follow annual Facilities Management (FM) assessment guidelines

Follow annual Facilities Management (FM) assessment guidelines

Each spring, U of M Facilities Management must perform an assessment of the structure that would include: a) Structure is still permanently anchored, b) Anchoring and structural supports show no visual distress or damage as a result of exposure to the elements or overloading (i.e. snow), c) The Polyethylene membrane condition is sound and attached, and d) The two exit doors are operational.