Brand & Oppenheimer acquires Performance Textiles

February 1, 2014

Textile converter Brand & Oppenheimer Co. Inc. (B&O) has acquired the assets of Performance Textiles Inc., a supplier of high- performance fabrics engineered for domestic and export customers. The acquisition was sponsored by Praesidian Capital, which is an investor in B&O. The consensual acquisition will complement B&O’s textile capabilities with a diversified product line targeted …

Polyfab USA unveils lead-free seal

Polyfab USA LLC released to their customers a new seal, promoting the fact that its complete product range of shadecloth is 100 percent lead free and phthalate free. Three years ago, to meet the demands of the market, Polyfab began testing and developing new compounds and replacing the heavy metal in its pigments with lead-free …

W.S. Tyler delivers the perfect meshing of color and design

W.S. Tyler USA Architectural Design Group provides three customizable woven stainless steel wire mesh products that allow design professionals virtually limitless options to create one-of-a-kind facades for both commercial new construction and renovation. With an extensive array of colors and weaves, the depth of the company’s product line gives architects and building owners an unparalleled …

Phifer launches new fabrics, website, logo

Interior sun control fabric manufacturer Phifer Inc. unveiled several fresh fabric offerings, showcased its company website redesign and displayed a sleek new SheerWeave brand mark at VISION ’14: International Window Coverings Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., Feb. 4-6. Phifer’s redesigned website (www.phifer.com), features an attractive layout, loads of product information and more user-friendly navigation. Application …

Public/private sector collaboration improves building safety

Federal agencies conclude and agree that code adoption and compliance, training for code officials and updating codes based on lessons learned from natural disasters are major factors in creating more resilient structures and safer communities. “When homes and buildings are built to the most current codes, structures on the edge of the direct path of …

Base Structures secures landmark Copenhagen shopping complex contract

Fabric architecture company, Base Structures, won the bid to design, manufacture and install Denmark’s most extensive tensile fabric project in the country, a multi-facetted fabric facade and walkway metro link for Copenhagen’s flagship shopping centre, Frederiksberg, working alongside FlexCover and main contractor, Hoffmann. The edgy, geometric design by architect, KHR, comprises fabric slabs at varying …

Polyfab USA appoints Tunali Tec stocking distributor

Polyfab USA LLC has appointed Tunali Tec S. de R.L. de C.V. a stocking distributor of the Polyfab lines of extra heavy duty fire rated knitted HDPE shadecloth, shade sail hardware, and shade sail edge webbing. Tunali Tec is a Mexican company specializing in the distribution of hardware, textiles and accessories for the manufacture of …

Architects issue 2014 ‘Punch List’ for Congress

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced its “punch list” for Congress that, if completed, will ignite the construction economy by spurring much needed improvements in energy efficiency, infrastructure and resiliency and create jobs for small business. “America needs to create more jobs, to strengthen communities, and find help for millions of young people to …

Complex design, ageless beauty

A modern greenhouse ETFE dome grows with the use of 3-D modeling software. By Kelly Frush The botanical gardens in Aarhus, Denmark, have a lot of history. They were first developed in 1875 as a way to showcase thousands of species to its visitors. In 1969, a greenhouse dome was constructed to allow for the …

Extreme architecture

Despite worldwide climate issues, fabric structures meet environmental challenges. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA With news of a 100-year “polar vortex” in the midwestern United States, increasing tsunami destruction in the Caribbean and coastal Japan and typhoons in Southeast Asia, one could begin to believe that “extreme climate conditions” is an oxymoron. It seems that …