IFAI, Dept. of Commerce to host smart fabrics summit

November 23, 2015

UPDATE: Date has been changed. The Smart Fabrics Summit will be on April 11, 2016. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit on April 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will provide a forum for public and private …

Architecture firms report progress on carbon reduction

November 1, 2015

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has produced a report assessing the work of firms that are part of the AIA 2030 Commitment, a voluntary initiative to commit their practice to advancing the AIA’s goal of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. The key findings from the AIA 2030 2014 Progress Report include: 140 firms …

Serge Ferrari North America welcomes two account managers

Serge Ferrari hired Ryan Ohr and Eric Antrim as account mangers on its sales team. Ohr joins as regional sales manager for the northwest United States and western Canada. Antrim joins as regional sales manager for the north central United States. Both report to national sales manager Steve Fredrickson. Ohr has more than 10 years …

Transit passenger shade

Tension fabric panels mark new rail extension The Valley Metro Rail Line in Mesa, Ariz., recently expanded its light rail transit (LRT) service to four new stations and a park-and-ride facility along a 3.1-mile route. The Central Mesa LRT Extension went “live” on Aug. 22, but not without a coherent identity and amenities for the …

Growth of the gorillaBrella

In the summer of 2008, looking to capitalize on the long-standing residential backyard construction boom, Conrad Masterson and his then-partner Patrick Howe (who later founded the shade sail company Shazeebo in Carlsbad, Calif.) designed a permanent umbrella—something to be unobtrusive but provide adequate shade, that could hold up to normal winds and storms and would …

Phifer blackout and light-filtering fabrics

Phifer Inc. debuts two new interior sun control fabrics featuring blackout and light-filtering options, SheerWeave® styles 7400 and 7450. With a face of subtle texture emulating the look of natural fibers and a unique foamed backing, SheerWeave Style 7400 is the latest addition to Phifer’ s growing range of blackout fabrics. This collection is comprised …

Selling shade

Conrad Masterson, president of Shade Industries, builds his business by focusing on what clients really want —and what employees need. “The first thing I learned when I entered the shade sail industry was to focus on what the customer really wants,” says Conrad Masterson, president of SHADE Industries, Phoenix, Ariz. “That may sound simple, but …

Protecting those who serve

A fabric cover at an army heliport shields against the Arizona sun. The Silverbell Army Heliport, located near Marana, Ariz., about 30 miles northwest of Tucson, is a training site for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA). There, aviation training is conducted using several different types of helicopters, which are stored and …