The form and function of an architectural ‘sail’

November 1, 2013

Iconic Newport Beach Civic Center designed with expanded PTFE By Peter Katcha The city of Newport Beach is one of the most attractive communities on the west coast. Its beaches, peninsulas and islands host a bustling residential community and is a popular tourist destination. The community is sectioned into “villages,” each full of amenities, and …

Architecture Billings Index surges higher

Showing a steady increase in the demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continues to accelerate, as it reached its second highest level of the year. 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 …

Base Structures selected for Edinburgh Climbing Arena membrane roof contract

The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Europe’s largest indoor climbing arena, is replacing its original membrane roof, which has come to the end of its lifespan. Base Structures has been contracted to engineer, fabricate and install the replacement roof, together with any necessary ancillary metalwork. The fabric detailing will ensure it reaches the optimum lifespan for …

Architecture grads raise more than $60,000 for San Diego urban project

A team of recent graduates from NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) raised $60,067 to help fund a project for downtown San Diego that has received public support from city officials and the community for their innovative approach to revitalizing vacant lots with retrofitted shipping containers. The concept was developed at NSAD as a 2013 …

New energy code includes historic gains for efficiency in existing buildings

Hearings to finalize the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) wrapped up in Atlantic City with big wins for higher efficiency requirements in existing buildings, controls for lighting and daylighting hardware and HVAC equipment specifications. New Buildings Institute (NBI) and its partners put forward some two dozen proposals addressing a diverse set of building technologies …

Exam deadline looms for LEED credential seekers

Architects, engineers and contractors are rushing to take the LEED® exams before the cut-off deadline of May 31, 2014. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that applicants can take the exams based on LEED v2009 materials until the 2014 sunset date. The new exams, which will be available after June 2014, are expected …

Hightex wins IAA Award of Excellence for fabric art

Hightex Group plc, a systems engineering company for textile architecture and cable systems of large area membrane roofs and façades, won an International Achievement Award (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications for the art installation “Leviathan,” a work created by the British artist Anish Kapoor. The award was presented by the Industrial Fabrics …

WeatherMax awning fabric exclusive to Keyston Bros.

Looking to expand further into the awning market, Keyston Bros. worked with Safety Components to design a one-of-a-kind linen line of WeatherMax FR fabric. The line is available in Slate, Sandstone, Oyster, Chocolate and Black, with Terra Cotta currently in development. “With the linen line, Keyston will target the fabric awning market,” said Dennis Bueker, …

Buildings that respond and react

Research illuminates the possibilities for creating textile second building skins that can be “controlled” by the environment and user preferences. By Elena Vlasceanu Structures are designed and built to offer people protection and comfort. New research seeks to change views concerning how people may interact with buildings and buildings with their environment—not if, but how. …

Shade for this Irish hospital is no accident

A dynamic fabric canopy for an accident and emergency unit at the Enniskillen Acute Hospital matches the high-level precision and artistic quality of the building. By Bruce Wright, AIA A new acute care hospital in Enniskillen, Ireland, is one of the most advanced healthcare facilities in Europe. The first hospital in Northern Ireland to be …