Frequently Asked Questions About Blast Resistant Modules

January 25, 2021 in Modular Buildings

In workplaces where safety is paramount, Blast Resistant Modules—or BRMs—are an ideal choice for office space, control rooms, storage, and more. BRMs can be installed quickly and offer an unmatched solution to safety. Their sturdy construction provides protection against explosions, shockwaves, storms, fire, and other disasters.

How do you decide if your business needs blast resistant modules? How can they be used? And what makes them different from other modular structures? Satellite Shelters has the answers to your questions about BRMs.

Blast Resistant Modules FAQs

What is the purpose of blast resistant modules?

BRMs are designed to protect both employees and their equipment in the event of an explosion, fire, or release of toxic chemicals. They are designed to resist collapsing and debris. Stock units are manufactured to withstand a blast of up to 8 PSI and 200ms in duration, but stronger units can be custom built.

What industries use blast resistant modules?

At Satellite Shelters, we commonly provide blast resistant modules for petrochemical, refining, and chemical processing industries, though BRMs can also offer extra protection for other industries as well.

What can blast resistant modules be used for?

Like most other modular buildings, blast resistant modules can be utilized for a wide variety of purposes. With space often at a premium in places such as refineries, plants, or construction sites, BRMs can be used as safe areas for:

  • Lunchrooms
  • Offices
  • First aid stations
  • Control rooms
  • Locker and shower facilities
  • Labs
  • Storm shelters
  • Safe rooms

What makes blast resistant modules different from other modular structures?

BRMs are manufactured with reinforced, welded steel walls made from quarter-inch-thick structural steel plates and reinforced by closely spaced, 1/4-inch-thick structural tube columns. Satellite Shelters’ blast resistant modules are the strongest and most durable modular building available.

How customizable are blast resistant modules?

All blast resistant modules come standard with an oversized, 4-ton HVAC system, end wall entry doors, and electrical ports down both walls. BRMs can also be customized to include plumbing for restrooms, showers, and faucets. In addition, the interior can be customized to include upgrades such as vinyl gypsum walls, windows, tile or rubber flooring, and more. Satellite Shelters can even provide specialty products such as furniture, lockers, and appliances.

How big are blast resistant modules?

Stock BRMs range from 8’ x 40’ to 12’ x 40’ in a single-wide configuration. Custom single-wide units can be constructed as small as 8’ x 8’ and up to 60’ x 14’. Multi-wide complexes can be as large as 8,000 to 10,000 square feet. Units can also be stacked to provide more square footage in a small footprint.

What is the lead time for a BRM unit?

Deliveries of stock blast resistant modules can often be completed within a 24 to 48 hour turnaround time, depending on unit quantity, unit size, and delivery site location. Custom unit turnaround time depends heavily on the required features—but even the most complicated custom BRMs are built twice as fast as traditional, “stick-built” blast resistant structures.

How can I acquire a BRM for my organization?

Satellite Shelters is The First In Space. Our blast resistant modules are the industry-leading product when our customers need safe, blast resistant space. BRMs are available for sale, lease, and rent. Our flexible financing options help get you the space you need. For more information, contact Michele McMurdo, Director of BRM Development, at or find the Satellite Shelters location nearest you to speak with a local expert.