Aging of membrane materials

November 17, 2009

How to keep membrane materials looking new over time. By Mark Zeh Unlike Henry Ford, who claimed you could get his automobiles in any color as long as it was black, fabric structures do come in more than one color. However, sometimes these alternate colors are unintentional. Here are several tips on keeping things looking …

Upper South Studio adds three new divisions

November 12, 2009

Upper South Studio, Winston-Salem, N.C., has announced the expansion of its company, adding three new divisions to meet the growing interior design and sourcing needs of commercial and residential designers, purchasing agents and architects. Upper South Studio companies have been known for 30 years for the custom design of fabric for the international hospitality, gaming, …

UFS expands and re-brands

November 6, 2009

Universal Fabric Structures (UFS) has announced the launch of its new custom architectural division, Fabritecture. UFS’s goal is for Fabritecture to set a new benchmark in fabric structure design and construction, providing solutions for developers, builders, governments and private contractors who require custom projects. Fabritecture will operate in tandem with UFS, which will remain active …

Alumni gift enables construction of open-air pavilion

November 1, 2009

An open-air pavilion provides form and function for students and community alike By Abbie Yarger Richard and Pat Lawson made history at Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond, Okla., by pledging the largest alumni gift, $30 million, to the school in 2004. To honor their generous contribution and distinguished alumni status, the university requested the construction of …

The green roofs of Vancouver

The city’s new convention center brings together waterfront and city By Mason Riddle There are green roofs and then there are green roofs. The new Vancouver Civic Centre West (VCCW), completed last April, boasts a Goliath of a green roof that covers a whopping six acres making it the largest in Canada and the largest …

The Olympic store

A winning retail design in Vancouver By Jeremy Clark Olympic spirit is riding high in anticipation of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. And who better to be named the official store for 2010 Winter Olympics merchandise than Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), Canada’s first and most famous department store. HBC was …

Towards a living architecture

Jeffrey L. Bruce, a leader on green roofs and landscape, speaks out on the promise of “Living Architecture.” By Frank Edgerton Martin Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, recalls that when he first came to Kansas City, Mo., from New Jersey as a young landscape architect, he drove out west into Kansas to see the plains. As the …

Designing for people

Eberhard Zeidler strives to include community and environment in his buildings By Jean M. Cook In downtown Toronto, the tiers of offices inside the Zeidler Roberts Partnership (now called Zeidler Partnership) building overlook a small oasis. At the center of the building, sun streams into an atrium from skylights four stories above. Tall ficus trees …

North America’s first modular living wall installation opens in Vancouver

A new frontier for fabric applications begins at the Vancouver Aquarium’s new Aquaquest-Marilyn Blusson Learning Centre By Frank Edgerton Martin The Vancouver Aquarium’s new Aquaquest-Marilyn Blusson Learning Centre immerses visitors in the temperate rainforest along British Columbia’s coasts. As a certified LEED Gold project and one of the province’s most “green” public buildings, Aquaquest is …

New retractable roof for Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps move into a refurbished world-class soccer venue next year, as the BC Pavilion Corp., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, hopes its retractable fabric roof will give fans an intimate yet light-filled experience. The gathered synthetic roof fabric will effectively limit the capacity of the stadium to 22,000 seats, but allow end-zone draping to be …