Superior Tank Co., Inc. (STCI) recently completed the manufacturing and installation of a water storage tank for fire protection. The bolted steel water storage tank has a capacity of 320,000 gallons and was installed at the remote testing facility of a large international company. The steel water tank was manufactured by STCI at their Southern California facility then installed by an STCI Field Crew at the job site. The water tank meets stringent FM Approvals standards for storage of water used in fire protection. Ensuring proper operation of the tank is paramount to saving lives and property in the event of a fire and the FM Approval designation provides the customer confidence that the storage tank will function correctly. According to Jhon Godoy, Production Manager, “The advanced design of the Bolted Steel Tank allowed us to save the customer considerable time and money.” STCI bolted steel tanks are precision fabricated in the factory and then shipped directly to the job site with all hardware, gasket and fittings. Only basic assembly is required in the field, dramatically reducing site impact. All site hot work such as tank welding and grinding is eliminated, something which is especially important around combustible materials where fire protection equipment is not operational yet. Since steel panels are prefinished with powder coating, there is no need for sandblasting and painting at the job site, reducing air pollution and construction time. Complete tank kits arrive to the location on a single truck and only a small number of workers are needed, thereby reducing site traffic. The STCI team was able to manufacture and erect the water tank in 1/3 of the time compared to a conventional welded tank design, providing the customer with fire protection much sooner.