IFAI announces 2013 ShowStoppers award winners

October 29, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2013 ShowStoppers awards for the best of the best new products and services at the Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. IFAI received a total of 97 entries from 53 companies in this …

IFAI announces the 2013 International Achievement Award winners

October 25, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2013 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, that took place Oct. 24 at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. IFAI received a total of 236 entries from …

W.S. Tyler to host complimentary webinar

October 10, 2013

The W.S. Tyler Architectural Group will host a complimentary hour-long webinar on Oct. 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET. “Designing Facades for Parking Facilities: Where Beauty, Safety and Security Merge” will cover best practices for designing facades for multi-story parking garages. The webinar features a panel of industry experts including Wendy DeCapite, sales manager of architectural …

Strong conditions revealed in architecture billings index

October 1, 2013

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed more acceleration in the growth of design activity nationally. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 53.8, up from …

Construction employment increases in metro areas

Construction employment expanded in 194 metro areas, declined in 88 and was stagnant in 57 between August 2012 and August 2013, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials added that despite the widespread gains, construction employment reached peak levels for August in …

Code Council to offer Cloud-based electronic plan submittal technology

The International Code Council (ICC) and Avolve Software Corp. have entered into an agreement that gives the ICC a “Powered by Avolve” cloud-based technology platform for its digital plan review services. The agreement marks a major step in the Code Council’s efforts to leverage technology for greater efficiency and improved services for its members and …

AIA and Niantic Labs partner on Mobile Landmark app

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has joined with Niantic Labs at Google as a premier audio content partner to launch a new version of the Field Trip smartphone app. The app is available for iPhone and Android users and it runs in the background of a smartphone. When a user gets close to an …

Norseman Structures and Castle Building Centres Group enter partnership

Norseman Structures announces a partnership with Castle Building Centres Group to offer fabric-covered buildings in Castle member stores across Western Canada. The agreement entails that Castle Building Centres across Western Canada will sell Norseman Structures building packages and supply the necessary building accessories for each structure. “With this relationship, we will enhance our ability to …

Hovering wings of light

Modular ETFE air cushions illuminate and protect at a busy transit station near Hamburg, Germany. By Mark Zeh Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, is currently in the midst of a prolonged economic boom. This means that much of its infrastructure, planned and built in the 1960s for a much-smaller population, needs to be updated to meet …

Condition critical

With a selection of high-tech materials available, fabric structures adapt to different climates and project needs. By Barb Ernster Trying to find the right solution for the right application in a particular climate is generally foremost in architectural work. The issues to be addressed in developing building envelopes or employing tension membranes are no different …