Architect testifies: Reform the design-build contracting process

January 1, 2014

Current federal contracting laws are discouraging talented architects from competing for federal contracts, depriving government and, by inference, taxpayers of the best design expertise available, according to AIA testimony presented Dec. 3 on Capitol Hill. Testifying before the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Charles Dalluge, executive vice president of Omaha, Neb.-based …

OEKO-TEX® webinar on new STeP certification for sustainable textile manufacturing facilities

The International OEKO-TEX® Association has produced a pre-recorded webinar to provide information on the new OEKO-TEX® STeP certification system for sustainable textile production operations. The webinar entitled “STeP by OEKO-TEX®: Sustainable Textile Production” is presented in English and is available for viewing at any time on the OEKO-TEX® website. The OEKO-TEX® STeP certification, introduced earlier …

WeatherMax awarded Canadian patent

Safety Components was issued Canadian patent number 2492753 for its unique WeatherMax outdoor fabric. Safety Components has brought the technological advances that it has shown in the military, structural, firefighting and automotive textile markets to the outdoor segment. This Canadian patent covers the construction, properties and performance of WeatherMax, ensuring that it remains a one-of-a-kind …

Serge Ferrari hires Hungiville

Serge Ferrari North America hired Beth Hungiville to the position of design specifications manager for its 100-percent recyclable Batyline® outdoor furniture mesh, Stamskin® contract upholstery faux leather, and Soltis® contract solar protection textile membranes. “We are especially excited to have Beth join our team, given her vast industry experience and skills,” said Robert McGilvray, general …

Sunbrella® sponsors contest

The city of Miami was flush with international visitors Dec. 5–7 for Art Basel, a celebration of modern and contemporary art that includes paintings, installations, photography and films. Many of those visitors found their way to Architectural Digest’s AD Oasis @ The James Royal Palm where Sunbrella® fabrics were on display as part of the …

Retail awning design serves many purposes

Bike shop fabric structure simulates amphitheater, protects from rain and sun, and gives retailer a competitive edge. By Mark Zeh The Bike Route is one of the hubs of the local bicycling community in Naples, Fla. It sits in a typical American retail setting, fronted by a paved parking lot, which directly adjoins a busy …

The fabric connection

How hardware and fabric, combined in fabric structures, should be selected for good results. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA As any matchmaker will tell you, making the right connection can be the difference between a success that lasts, and a disaster that has long-lasting repercussions. This is especially true with tensile fabric structures where structure …

A shade ensemble offers privacy with a view

By Katherine Carlson A street-level condominium courtyard lacked the privacy for dining, swimming and relaxation, and the owner, who used the condo for high-end holiday rental, looked to Shades (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Phuket, Thailand, to transform a fishbowl into an oasis. The maker of shades and free-standing fabric structures designed four products—shade sail, privacy screen, …