Architect education at IFAI Expo 2015

August 1, 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. …

Fabric shades protect ice rink

A goal of the restoration of New York City’s Riverbank State Park ice rink, completed in December 2014, was to extend the season of the ice by protecting it from increased sun exposure it experiences in late winter. Considering the facility’s high visibility due to its location—69 feet above the Hudson River, on top of …

School project with shade

Renovations to a decades-old primary and middle school campus included a five-sided fabric tensile structure. By Bill Moore The Marin Primary & Middle School (MPMS) campus, in Larkspur, Calif., just north of San Francisco, needed an update. Renovation plans for the decades-old campus consisted of extensive upgrades to the outdoor areas of the site, including …

Ohio Awning celebrates 150 years

Cleveland-based Ohio Awning and Manufacturing Co. is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a new space and plans for its first customer showroom. The company is leaving its home of 85 years—a 78,000-square-foot factory—for an even larger and more customer-conscious space. To help customers select among hundreds of awning options, the company opened a 4,500-square-foot showroom …

Awning or tensile structure? Part II

Tensile structures add exciting new dimensions —and distinct engineering challenges—to the commercial shade products market. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Distinct advantages What are the advantages for each type of shade structure? Like many things, it depends. “Many traditional awnings are installed in places where a tensile awning would not be suitable, such as historic …

Fabric 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 …

Sunesta awnings meet building codes

Sunesta Awnings and Outdoor Comfort, Jacksonville, Fla., manufacturer of ready-to-install retractable awnings, achieved approval under Florida Building Code PDM 10447 and Miami Dade County NOA #13-1104.18 for all of its retractable awnings: Sunesta, Sunstyle, Sunlight and SunShade. The awnings stand up to 45 mph wind speed when extended and 150 mph when retracted. Building codes …

Coated fabrics market to reach $22,576.7 Million by 2020

According to a report by Grand View Research, the global coated fabrics market is expected to reach USD 22,576.7 million by 2020. The coated fabrics market is expected to witness rapid growth due to positive outlook on application markets and product innovation. Increasing growth in the automotive industry is also expected to boost the coated …

AIA, ICC ink five-year collaborative agreement

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and The International Code Council (ICC) have agreed to collaborate on initiatives ranging from code development and compliance to sustainability and energy conservation to increasing building code knowledge among architects. “Our combined membership, consisting of practicing design professionals, code officials, and the building industry representatives, supports the development of …