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Shade in the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Mexico

December 21, 2016

A sculptural fabric roof complements an expansion of a high-end mall Cuernavaca is the capital of Mexico’s Morelos state, located in the lush Tepozteco Mountains just south and bordering Mexico City. With a warm, stable climate that ranges year-round from 20–30 degrees C (68–86 degrees F), it has legitimate claim to “City of the Eternal …

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Student project with air-inflated fabric beams wins IFAI award

December 19, 2016

A University of Massachusetts Lowell student engineering team won a 2016 IFAI International Achievement Award for students and placed 2nd Overall Winners at the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition, a national engineering student challenge administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).* The UMass Lowell student engineering team— in collaboration with the U.S. Army, Natick Soldier …

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Fabric Images Inc. adds 16 foot dye sublimation print technology

December 19, 2016

Fabric Images Inc. has announced the expansion of its Superwide XL dye sublimation print offerings with the addition of a new 16 foot wide Black Widow dye sublimation printer. This new offering will afford clients high-definition quality, cost effective graphics at widths up to 16 feet, allowing tension fabric solutions and messaging to become larger …

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Zabek retires from Seaman

December 19, 2016

Seaman Corporation has announced the retirement of Ed Zabek after 29 years of service. Most recently Zabek served as regional sales manager in the eastern U. S. “Ed brought a business perspective to Seaman Corporation that was unique in our industry,” says Felon Wilson, industrial fabrics business director at Seaman. “He knew about the various …

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FabriTec Structures awarded Atlanta airport project

December 19, 2016

FabriTec Structures LLC has been selected to complete the final design, engineering, fabrication and installation of a massive ETFE roofing system as part of the $6 billion, 20-year expansion and modernization initiative at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (Ga.) International Airport. The contract was awarded to FabriTec by the joint venture New South-McCarthy Synergy. With a total surface …

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London Science Museum opens Hadid-designed mathematics exhibit

December 19, 2016

In December 2016, the London Science Museum opened an inspirational new mathematics gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Mathematics: The Winton Gallery brings together remarkable stories, historical artifacts and design to highlight the central role of mathematical practice in all our lives and explores how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped build the modern …

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Inflatables grab public attention

December 19, 2016

Companies and event organizers use inflatables to grab public attention and promote their brands. Although he now sells spaces in luxury subterranean survival shelters, Robert Vicino once focused his entrepreneurial spirit on loftier altitudes. He put a 90-foot King Kong on the Empire State Building and designed Otto the Autopilot for the farcical movie Airplane. …

Case Studies

Postmodern school adorns a floating canopy

December 19, 2016

The Santa Fe district of Mexico City is one of that metropolis’ major business districts, a hot real estate sector where many new corporate towers are constructed at a hectic pace. However, a calmer pocket on the western edge of the neighborhood seems positively tranquil as a protected campus quarter (“Zona Escolar”) where several school …

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Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything

December 1, 2016

A note from Sara Gutterman, CEO, Green Builder Dear fellow green building professionals, Given the results of the election, our work in the green building and sustainability arena has become more important than ever. It’s paramount that we continue to spread the message that green building is not partisan, and that it is intelligent and …

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Cooltra Shade from Vicar International

December 1, 2016

Vicar International is now stocking Cooltra Shade in the most popular colors—Desert Tan, Aqua Blue, Black and Forest Green. Genplus Corp. has been manufacturing Cooltra Shade for more than 15 years and supplying this product to harsh areas all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Middle East Asia and the U.S. Cooltra Shade is …

Case Studies

Postmodern school adorns a floating canopy

December 19, 2016

The Santa Fe district of Mexico City is one of that metropolis’ major business districts, a hot real estate sector where many new corporate towers are constructed at a hectic pace. However, a calmer pocket on the western edge of the neighborhood seems positively tranquil as a protected campus quarter (“Zona Escolar”) where several school …

Case Studies

Art and architecture, comfortably

December 1, 2016

The Brickell City Centre, a new $1.05 billion, 5.4-million-square-foot, mixed-use development in downtown Miami, Fla., has it all. There are luxury residences, a hotel, office space and a five-story pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants and cafés. Connecting this vast space into one architectural statement is a 100,000-square-foot canopy called the Climate Ribbon™. Made of faceted …

Case Studies

Tensile Canopy improves shade, protects amenities

December 1, 2016

Halifax Holiday Park is a campground set in a natural bushland and surrounded by two calm beaches in Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia, a popular vacation region for many Australians as well as foreigners due to its natural beauty. Halifax Holiday runs a number of vacation sites, and the Nelson Bay venue is situated …

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Courtyard Canopies

October 27, 2016

The small courtyard at the center of Gateway Community College’s Incubator Building in Phoenix, Ariz., could have easily been overlooked during the institution’s remodeling efforts. Thanks to an ambitious fabric architecture installation, however, the outdoor space was transformed into one of the campus’s highlights. In the spirit of innovation, the client wanted to make the …

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Residential shade sail

October 27, 2016

What is the perfect complement to a high-end residential backyard remodel? A custom-designed shade sail, of course. Red Rock Contractors of Mesa, Ariz., was working on just such a remodel when its client decided to include a fabric shade structure in their plans for a new backyard. SHADE Industries of Phoenix, Ariz., was brought in …

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Tensile shade canopy

October 1, 2016

New shade sail is an opportunity to extend existing shade coverage while adding additional amenities. Halifax Holiday Park is a campground set in a natural bushland and surrounded by two calm beaches in Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia, a popular vacation region for many Australians as well as foreigners due to its natural beauty. …

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Iconic PTFE canopy greets and protects travelers

October 1, 2016

The San Diego International Airport (SDIA) wanted to make life easier for travelers needing rental cars by providing a one-stop centralized hub that would be quick and easy to access. They developed the SDIA Rental Car Center, a two million square-foot complex that houses all car rental companies and vehicles and enables them to provide …

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Backyard patio shade

August 30, 2016

A custom shade disc transforms a scorching residential backyard into a shady oasis. In the arid Southwest, a little shade can go a long way toward transforming a residential backyard from a scorching desert to a shady oasis. One Tucson, Ariz., couple decided to shade their yard in style by installing a custom cantilevered shade …

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Textile fibers reinforce a building

August 30, 2016

A Japanese fabric manufacturer reinforces its showroom against earthquakes, while making a provocative visual statement. With the four main islands of Japan perched atop a convergence of three major tectonic plate boundaries, the country has a history of earthquakes and seismic activity. The ongoing seismic impact on buildings, infrastructure and population is significant, requiring some …

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Custom shade canopy

August 1, 2016

Fabric architecture makes a rooftop patio more useable and comfortable. When it comes to creating residential shade solutions, an awning will usually do. But Sugar House Awning Industries of Midvale, Utah, had a client that wanted a more unique solution of a custom-built slide wire cable canopy with rope-operated drop curtains. “The client wanted the …

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Sheltering safety standards with fabric

June 28, 2016

Fabric roofing structure—one of the largest in North America—allows a crash test facility to continue research year-round. Earlier this year, the National Safety Council estimated motor vehicle deaths to be 8 percent higher in 2015 than they were in 2014—the largest year-over-year percentage increase in 50 years. While a multitude of factors contribute to vehicle …

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Sun motif shade structure evident on riverside plaza

April 1, 2016

A steel-cable net and PTFE and ETFE membrane structure holds up under heavy wind and snow loads. The Sun Island Resort is one of China’s favorite vacation spots. Because the city of Harbin (where Sun Island Resort is situated) is at a high latitude, it is cooler than the rest of the country in the …

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Collecting sun and rain

April 1, 2016

A pair of dynamic fabric structures bookend the Taiwan landscape. From the northern most tip of Taiwan, where capital city Taipei is located, to the southwest coast, where Kaohsiung City, the country’s industrial center, greets the setting sun, two new installations showcase the capabilities of tensioned fabric. The north-south oriented island nation of Taiwan (population …

Case Studies

Restaurant canopy shields customers from rain, wind and sunlight

April 1, 2016

The client requested a canopy that followed the exact contour of an existing patio. Warmer weather draws customers to restaurants with outdoor seating areas where fresh air, open atmosphere and pleasing views enhance the dining experience. Savannah Grille of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., has one of the nicest patios around, largely thanks to fabric …

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State of the specialty fabrics industry: Fabric structures, awnings and canopies

March 1, 2016

The world economy in review Six years after the world economy emerged from the Great Recession of 2009, a return to a strong global expansion remains elusive. The downside risks to the world economy appeared more noticeable than ever in 2015. Economic growth has improved in the advanced economies—the United States, Japan and Europe. But …

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Extending urban space

March 1, 2016

The Metzgergasse is a popular gathering place in the Buchs Town Center area of St. Gallen, Switzerland. With shops and restaurants, it’s a place for people to meet, take a stroll and relax. To enhance the area and make it an outdoor destination no matter the weather, Kugel Architekten, a Stuttgart, Germany-based architectural firm, was …

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Seeing the light

February 1, 2016

There’s always something going on at the John J. Dillon Field House at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. The 30,300-square-foot facility is used for basketball, tennis, volleyball, track and other athletic activities year round. First constructed in 1987, the field house outlived original expectations and was in need of a renovation. Mount St. …

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Angles of shade

February 1, 2016

Tech giant Google™ relies on old-school textiles to shed shade on its new campus expansion. Google™ is known for its inventiveness, creativity and efficiency. It is no surprise that the unique Internet company continued that trend when it chose an industrial fabric solution for the outdoor area of its new campus expansion. The shaded area …

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A mixed-use shady oasis

January 1, 2016

London’s Wembley Park includes a covered play area to attract families—with a coated fabric that resists dirt. Wembley Park has a long history. An urban renewal success story, it’s been transformed again and again to fit the needs of the times. In 1880, the Metropolitan Railway opened a line across what was then an estate. …

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Beyond the competition of fabric structures

January 1, 2016

Patty and Charly Smail of Shelter Structures Inc. build their business by learning from each new customer—and finding gaps in what the competition offers. “We’ve always been service-oriented people. That’s our style,” says Patty Smail, president of Shelter Structures Inc. in Philadelphia, Pa. “We wanted to find markets where they valued quality over price and …

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Student project with air-inflated fabric beams wins IFAI award

December 19, 2016

A University of Massachusetts Lowell student engineering team won a 2016 IFAI International Achievement Award for students and placed 2nd Overall Winners at the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition, a national engineering student challenge administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).* The UMass Lowell student engineering team— in collaboration with the U.S. Army, Natick Soldier …

Industry News

Fabric Images Inc. adds 16 foot dye sublimation print technology

December 19, 2016

Fabric Images Inc. has announced the expansion of its Superwide XL dye sublimation print offerings with the addition of a new 16 foot wide Black Widow dye sublimation printer. This new offering will afford clients high-definition quality, cost effective graphics at widths up to 16 feet, allowing tension fabric solutions and messaging to become larger …

Industry News

Zabek retires from Seaman

December 19, 2016

Seaman Corporation has announced the retirement of Ed Zabek after 29 years of service. Most recently Zabek served as regional sales manager in the eastern U. S. “Ed brought a business perspective to Seaman Corporation that was unique in our industry,” says Felon Wilson, industrial fabrics business director at Seaman. “He knew about the various …

Industry News

FabriTec Structures awarded Atlanta airport project

December 19, 2016

FabriTec Structures LLC has been selected to complete the final design, engineering, fabrication and installation of a massive ETFE roofing system as part of the $6 billion, 20-year expansion and modernization initiative at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (Ga.) International Airport. The contract was awarded to FabriTec by the joint venture New South-McCarthy Synergy. With a total surface …

Industry News

London Science Museum opens Hadid-designed mathematics exhibit

December 19, 2016

In December 2016, the London Science Museum opened an inspirational new mathematics gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Mathematics: The Winton Gallery brings together remarkable stories, historical artifacts and design to highlight the central role of mathematical practice in all our lives and explores how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped build the modern …

Industry News

Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything

December 1, 2016

A note from Sara Gutterman, CEO, Green Builder Dear fellow green building professionals, Given the results of the election, our work in the green building and sustainability arena has become more important than ever. It’s paramount that we continue to spread the message that green building is not partisan, and that it is intelligent and …

Industry News

Cooltra Shade from Vicar International

December 1, 2016

Vicar International is now stocking Cooltra Shade in the most popular colors—Desert Tan, Aqua Blue, Black and Forest Green. Genplus Corp. has been manufacturing Cooltra Shade for more than 15 years and supplying this product to harsh areas all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Middle East Asia and the U.S. Cooltra Shade is …

Industry News

SEFAR® TENARA® fabric meets California Title 19 flame resistant regulations

December 1, 2016

Product configured to provide safer design and stronger performance SEFAR® Architecture’s TENARA® Fabric is now a registered flame-resistant product under California Title 19, established by the California State Fire Marshal. As a Title 19 registered product, TENARA Fabric expands the applications for large-scale exterior fixed and retractable canopy and tensile fabric applications—most notably in hospitality, …

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Seaman Corporation welcomes new Shelter-Rite sales manager

December 1, 2016

Seaman Corporation has announced that Dan Weisenberger has joined Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics as the sales manager for the southern Region of the United States. He brings more than 25 years of polymer and technical textile sales knowledge to the business, providing product and operational solutions to his customers. “My goal in this position is to …

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FabriTec adds two new tensile membrane canopies

December 1, 2016

FabriTec Structures, LLC, a design/build contractor specializing in tension fabric structures, has completed the design of two new entrance canopies at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and is proceeding with the fabrication phase in anticipation of an early spring 2017 installation. All construction will be completed before the start of the 2017 concert season. Earlier …