Serge Ferrari announces new general manager for North America

July 1, 2015

Serge Ferrari announced the promotion of Ilse Beterams to general manager of Serge Ferrari North America. As general manager, Beterams will oversee all aspects of Serge Ferrari operations in the United States and Canada, including sales, finance, marketing, shipping and inventory management. She replaces Teresa Valdes who has left to pursue other career opportunities. Beterams …

Miller Weldmaster unveils Resolution Center

Miller Weldmaster has opened a new Resolution Center, a dedicated operation where customers have access to quality technical service and support for their Miller Weldmaster machines after point of sale. When a customer calls Miller Weldmaster, they can speak with someone from the Resolution Center for responsive, personalized customer service. Technical representatives are available for …

Legacy Building Solutions achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Legacy Building Solutions, a designer, manufacturer and installer of tension fabric buildings, achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, the highest quality-management certification standard available in industrial manufacturing. The comprehensive system audits covered every aspect of operations. ISO 9001:2008 is a quality management system standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization, which is an association of governmental …

Mountainside amphitheater

Iconic fabric tensile structure accommodates guests and protects against the elements. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colo., is a spectacular outdoor venue with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Each summer, the Amphitheater plays host to an array of cultural and entertainment offerings, ranging from internationally renowned dance …

Awning or tensile structure? Part I

Tensile structures add exciting new dimensions —and distinct engineering challenges—to the commercial shade products market. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA It could be said that the tensile awning is a creature of blended ancestors. Not long ago, structures with tensile fabric characteristics started appearing in places often reserved for framed awnings or canopies, begging the …

Architect education at IFAI Expo 2015

IFAI Expo, Oct. 6–9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., is featuring three days of architect education. The content was created specifically to teach architects about how they can use fabric in their designs. Selected sessions are accredited by The American Institute of Architects, and AIA members who attend are eligible for credit. …

Lessons in community, ecology

Fabric roof hovers over spaces used for environmental teaching. By Kathy Carlson The Longbush Ecosanctuary protects native plants, birds and wildlife in a rare lowland bush near Gisbourne, on New Zealand’s eastern coast. Longbush Ecological Trust wanted an inviting environmental education space to serve as a symbolic gateway to the 296-acre sanctuary and commissioned architect …

Awning, Graphics & Structures Tour at IFAI Expo 2015

The Fabric Structures Association, Professional Awning Manufacturers Association, Fabric Graphics Association, and Tarp Association, all divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, are hosting an awning, graphics and structures tour in and around Anaheim, Calif., during IFAI Expo on Tues., Oct. 6. The tour will visit Academy Awning and Image Options for shop tours, the …