Education under fabric dome

August 28, 2014

Titanium-oxide-coated PTFE membrane over children’s museum is translucent and self-cleaning. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Known as Centro Ambar to Tijuana natives, the Ambar Interactive Center in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, was built by the government of Tijuana with support from the state and federal governments. The museum is located next to Morelos Park and …

Miller Weldmaster acquires Sinclair welding line

August 8, 2014

Acquisition includes hot air, Triad and Spec products. Miller Weldmaster, a leading manufacturer of heat seaming solutions, has announced the acquisition of the Triad Wedge Welder, Spec Wedge Welder and Roof Welding Tool product line from Sinclair Equipment Co. The expansion allows Miller Weldmaster to service a greater range of equipment for fabricators within the …

Betting on an ETFE porte-cochere

August 1, 2014

New York casino uses two-layer ETFE application with pneumatic system. By Katherine Carlson Gambling is a game of chance, and when the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in New York planned a $50 million expansion, project managers bet on a knock-your-socks-off entryway design to invite and excite the playing customer. Studio V Architecture PLLC, …

Polyfab Pro Shade Sail Zee brackets

Polyfab, a manufacturer and wholesaler of premium fire-rated shade fabric, high quality stainless steel hardware and shade sail edge webbing, added to its lineup of Polyfab Pro Shade Sail Hardware with the Polyfab Pro Shade Sail Zee Bracket. This unique, patent pending bracket set, which consists of one left and one right bracket, was designed …

SEFAR VISION wins magazine award

SEFAR Architecture’s VISION fabric interlayer for glass won the 2014 Glass Magazine award for ‘Most Innovative Decorative Glass Product.’ To determine the winner, Glass Magazine submitted nominations to a panel of judges representing all segments of the glass and glazing industry. SEFAR Architecture VISION designs can be created across the entire length of a glass …

Portable, rentable fabric building

The white rectangular building with rounded corners and a glass-walled front is modern, sleek and simple, like a giant smart phone. And like smart phones, AirClad’s new portable, rentable modular buildings can multi-task, to be used as festival accommodations, temporary classrooms, offices, marketing suites, seasonal bars, beach events or VIP venues. The lightweight, easy-to-install modules …

Arena Corinthians

By Jake Kulju Despite being São Paulo’s largest soccer club, with more than 30 million fans, and the second largest club in the nation, the Corinthians club didn’t have its own sports facility prior to the 2014 World Cup. Established in 1910, the team had been playing its matches at the Pacaembu municipal stadium for …

Arena das Dunas

By Jake Kulju The new Arena das Dunas replaces an older soccer stadium that was constructed in the city of Natal in 1972. In the more than four decades since it was built, the stadium and the neighborhood had fallen into disrepair. The demolition and reconstruction of the arena was the flagship project of a …

Arena Pantanal

By Jake Kulju Arena Pantanal is located in the midst of the southern Amazonian region of Brazil in the city of Cuiaba, the nation’s hottest. Arena Pantanal needed to do more than provide seating for soccer fans: it needed to provide a climate-controlled environment for spectators during the scorching midday hours. Designers turned to fabric …

Multi-use architectural fabrics score at 2014 World Cup stadiums

Three of the newest soccer arenas in the world incorporate fabric to meet tensile architecture, bioclimatic facade, and acoustic needs for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. By Jake Kulju World Cup excitement reached a fever pitch in the summer of 2014 when soccer giant Brazil hosted the global event. The tournament returned to …