Zaha Hadid’s work has a natural affinity for fabric

April 12, 2016

The late British master architect and Pritzker Prize winner worked in all the standard architectural materials, but many of her most striking designs aptly incorporated tensile fabric elements. “Our work with Zaha Hadid’s office on the Serpentine Sackler Gallery addition,” says Lance Rowell, former CEO of Architen Landrell, “was, at the time (like with all …

SBA revises size standards

April 1, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) increased small business size standards affecting businesses in 46 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 42, Wholesale Trade, and in one industry in Sector 44-45, Retail Trade. SBA retained the current size standards for the remaining industries in those sectors. The revised size standards would define …

Midwest Awnings opens after fire

After fire tore through its Cameron, Ill., manufacturing facility in December, Midwest Awnings Inc., Galesburg, Ill., is open at a temporary location north of the original plant. No employees were injured in the blaze; however, there was a lot of fabric in the building at the time of the fire. Midwest Awnings manufactures awnings, shades, …

US Navy Chooses Infinity Canopy

The United States Navy has chosen Infinity Canopy to cover its 35-foot-by-45-foot pergola, located at US Navy Seal Beach Golf Course in Cypress, Calif. The pergola creates an intimate space for various functions. After an exhaustive search and visits by the US Navy staff and engineers, Infinity Canopy was selected to provide additional shade and …

Architects praise House passage of HR 1471, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Feb. 29 the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act. The legislation reauthorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency and calls for a major review of disaster cost trends that will include proposals for mechanisms and incentives to reduce disaster …

Sun motif shade structure evident on riverside plaza

A steel-cable net and PTFE and ETFE membrane structure holds up under heavy wind and snow loads. The Sun Island Resort is one of China’s favorite vacation spots. Because the city of Harbin (where Sun Island Resort is situated) is at a high latitude, it is cooler than the rest of the country in the …

Collecting sun and rain

A pair of dynamic fabric structures bookend the Taiwan landscape. From the northern most tip of Taiwan, where capital city Taipei is located, to the southwest coast, where Kaohsiung City, the country’s industrial center, greets the setting sun, two new installations showcase the capabilities of tensioned fabric. The north-south oriented island nation of Taiwan (population …

Keyston Bros. expands team

Keyston Bros., an Atlanta, Ga.-based supplier and innovator of fabrics, vinyls, leathers and textiles, has hired Eric Johnson as SVP/national sales manager. Johnson will report directly to CEO Dee Duncan, and will oversee all core sales efforts and new business development. Previously associated with OMNOVA Solutions, Johnson brings industry experience and knowledge to the Keyston …

J. Ennis relaunches Ennis 1974 fabric

Ennis 1974 is a PVC-coated polyester with a PVDF/acrylic finish—a choice material for awnings, tents, canopies, gazebos, inflatable structures, and light frame-supported structures. The material undergoes a lacquering treatment (Rotofluo W) of surface coatings to protect and insulate the PVC layer. Treated with a thin acrylic/fluorinated PVDF blend on one side and an acrylic lacquer …

Restaurant canopy shields customers from rain, wind and sunlight

The client requested a canopy that followed the exact contour of an existing patio. Warmer weather draws customers to restaurants with outdoor seating areas where fresh air, open atmosphere and pleasing views enhance the dining experience. Savannah Grille of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., has one of the nicest patios around, largely thanks to fabric …