Fabric structures shield members from errant golf balls

July 1, 2008

A prestigious country club in Oregon calls for fabric structures to protect members and their expensive cars from errant golf balls. By Kent Hubbell In April 2005, I received a call from Howard McKee, architect for Bandon Dunes Resort, saying he had a problem that he thought I might be interested in solving. Mike Keiser, …

Resin coat creates eco-friendly fabric

Co-polyn is an eco-friendly next-generation industrial fabric coated with polyolefin-type resin. When exposed to flames, the fabric does not generate chlorine gas or toxic dioxin. It has hight strength, is lightweight and can be welded by high-frequency welders. Co-polyn is available in standard finish and non-halogen flame-retardant finish. SOURCE Fujimori Kogyo Co. Ltd.

Printable fabric appropriate for indoor and outdoor applications

The Vivitex™ line of printable fabrics features five weights and constructions for use in sign and banner applications, and are specifically designed for use on solvent-based printers. The fabrics feature white pigmented inkjet-receptive coatings suitable for most solvent, eco-solvent and UV inkjet machines, are appropriate for indoor and outdoor applications, and can be used to …

Solar-protection fabrics meet high environmental standards

3G Mermet manufactures solar-protection fabrics from high-quality coated fiberglass yarns, primarily used for window screens. Recently, the company received two certifications from GREENGUARD Environmental Institute that demonstrate that it makes those products to high environmental standards. The products received GREENGUARD Indoor AirQuality Certified® (to qualify with indoor air quality requirements) and GREENGUARD Children & Schools …

Fabrics made from recycled yarn

Enviro-Tex fabrics are made with Repreve® yarn, which meets FTC guidelines for recycled products. Enviro-Tex is suitable for use in banners and flags, digital printing, tents and tensile structures. SOURCE Fisher Textiles

Cotton matrix becomes ‘Roads’ warrior

Better Roads magazine recognized HydraCX2® Cotton Fiber Reinforced Matrix, a hydraulically applied erosion-control product, as one of its Top Rollouts. The cotton hydromulch products were developed by North American Green, Evansville, Ill., from cotton-ginning byproducts. “Cotton by nature is porous, absorbent and biodegradable – an excellent trio for controlling erosion and establishing seed,” says Tim …

Fabric shades enliven restaurant patio

Adding a string of undulating fabric shades enlivens, and makes bearable, a champion restaurant patio. Mojito’s Café is part of the United States Tennis Association’s National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadow Park, New York. In fact, it’s attached to the Arthur Ashe Stadium on the complex’s grounds and opens for business but once a year …

Walkway canopies provide sheltered environment for travelers

By Maqsood Ahmed At the specialty structures division of Halcrow Yolles, every request comes with unique challenges. Airport Architects Canada, — the architects for the Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada — had the challenge of designing the fast track, re-locatable walkways that are elegant and fit within the budget that was given by the airport …

Tension revisited: Rhino

The first of Fabric Architecture’s series of reviews of tension structure software ran in these pages 10 years ago. Time for an update. Reviewed by Ashish Soni and Matthew Hilyard The idea that “as innovative visionary designers, we are limited only by our creativity” seems to be a cliché. Yes, we can dream. It embodies …

Tension revisited: MPanel

The first of Fabric Architecture’s series of reviews of tension structure software ran in these pages 10 years ago. Time for an update. Reviewed by Mahesh Senagala Even with computer-aided design systems, fabric structures present a challenge. The fabrics industry in general and the tensile fabrics industry in particular increasingly rely on sophisticated software for …