RCP Shelters’ Story
From humble beginnings, civil engineer James Ritter founded RCP Shelters in 1957. His vision was to provide superior quality construction materials at competitive prices. RCP continues this tradition today as a small, third generation, family-owned business. Today, RCP is the industry’s most diverse shelter manufacturer. We offer a variety of pre-engineered structures available in laminated wood, tube steel, and fabric. Our products have been used for numerous purposes, such as:
- Gazebos, Pavilions, and Shelters
- Amphitheaters & Band shells
- Carousel Covers
- Playground Covers
- Mini Shelters & Kiosks
- Trellis, Arbor, and Pergola designs
- Enclosed, Concession, and Restroom Shelters
Each project is individually engineered to meet or exceed local building code and loading conditions.
Our flexible designs have met 265 psf snow loads in the Rocky Mountains and 150 mph wind loads in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Whether your next project is small or large, custom or standard, RCP can provide a shelter that meets your needs. Our experienced, friendly staff looks forward to working with you!
The RCP Advantage
RCP’s engineers are licensed and certified in all 50 states and Canada. Each project is individually engineered to meet or exceed local building code and conditions. RCP’s fabrication facilities are AITC and AISC certified.Our welders and inspectors are AWS certified for guaranteed quality. RCP’s sanitary designs eliminate all places for birds or animals to roost.
RCP’s steel designs utilize concealed bolted connections that do not require field welding, resulting in lower installation costs. Unlike inferior designs, RCP does not use inexpensive exposed fasteners. RCP’s tube steel gable frames are designed as shop welded assemblies, thus reducing installation costs, and resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance by eliminating exposed bolts and access hole cover plates.
RCP’s tube steel purlins and tension ring members are designed normal to the roof, lowering installation cost by eliminating the need for unsightly roof deck support members. RCP’s steel ornamentation is precision plasma cut from high strength, durable plate steel. RCP’s powdercoating facility shot blasts, phosphate washes, powdercoat primes, and powdercoat finishes steel members using super durable polyester TGIC powder. RCP’s standard powder coating finish surpasses the industry standard for salt spray resistance by 2,000 hours after passing an independent 5,000 hours salt spray resistance test with exceptional results. RCP’s cupolas are shop assembled for simple field installation, resulting in significantly lower installation costs and increased quality.
RCP’s standard steel column fixed moment base design utilizes concrete to conceal the anchor bolts, which lowers material and installation costs. Inferior designs require a column access hole and cover plate that is easily removed by vandals, exposing the unprotected interior of the column to corrosion. RCP’s standard tongue and groove roof deck is #1 grade nominal 2” x 8”, which requires fewer runs than 2” x 6”, resulting in lower installation costs.
RCP’s 60+ year legacy continues as a third generation, family owned business. RCP’s industry leading customer service remains unsurpassed. RCP’s sole business focus is park structures. Our dedicated staff has the knowledge and experience to assist with your projects’ requirements in a timely manner. RCP appreciates your business!