Article Courtesy of Grady Neely, Technical Representative

If you are an electric cooperative currently building a fiber network, or preparing to build one, you need a safe, secure place to terminate your fiber and place your electronics. At Gresco, we can provide solutions for huts ranging from metal to concrete, and from barebones Do-It-Yourself (DIY), to a fully functioning solution ready for service on day one.

Gresco recently supplied an Alabama cooperative with fully equipped concrete huts, shipped onsite with the equipment pre-installed. These huts are rated for winds up to 150 mph and are National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) certified. The huts are fire rated for two hours and UL752 Level 4 bullet resistant. These specs are standard but can be upgraded to Level 9 bullet protection and up to 250 mph wind resistance for true storm shelter performance.

Rating AmmunitionWeight
of shots
Level 4.30 Caliber Rifle Lead Core Soft Point (.30-06 Caliber) 180 11.7 25402794 1
Level 57.62mm Rifle Lead Core Full Metal Copper Jacket Military Ball (.308 Caliber) 150 9.7 2750 3025 1
Level 69mm Full Metal Copper Jacket with Lead Core 124 8.0 14001540 5
Level 75.56mm Rifle Full Metal Copper Jacket with Lead Core (.223 Caliber) 55 3.56 30803383 5
Level 87.62mm Rifle Lead Core Full Metal Copper Jacket Military Ball (.308 Caliber) 150 9.7 27503025 5
Level 9.30-06 caliber rifle, steel core, lead point filler, FMJ (APM2) 166 10.8 27152987 1

Gresco can take these buildings and source them for our cooperative members as well as all the inside equipment and electronics. In addition, we can have all this equipment installed at the factory prior to shipment to your location. Gresco works with our partners to schedule shipment to your locations as well as arrange for crane service. We can also perform site prep/civil work to make this a full turn-key solution. This means all you need to do is add power and connect your OSP fiber and you can be up and running in a very short time. With full EF&I support through our partners, we will work with your team to design a layout that meets your needs. We can design and build huts to your exact dimensions and with the exact equipment you use. Our huts have HVAC, DC power plant and battery backup to give you the five nines reliability your customers need. They can also have an external generator receptacle of your choosing to add even more power reliability. If you will be placing AC powered electronics in your huts, we have power backup solutions ranging from UPS to DC/AC inverters that leverage the DC battery plant. This allows flexibility to choose the AC power backup architecture that is right for you. If you are looking for fiber hut solutions, Gresco can work with you to provide options ranging from the DIY, all the way to a true turn-key solution. We will work with your team to ensure the hardware, the electronics, and the overall layout suit your needs. We can deliver the hut fully equipped to the site and even have all the prep work done for you prior to delivery. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Gresco sales representative and we will be glad to assist you!