Chella Textiles debuts inherently flameproof sheers

August 1, 2016

Chella Textiles has devised a way to fabricate inherently flameproof sheers. New PrometheusFR outdoor sheers exhibit the same colorfastness, mildew resistance and washability of Chella’s luxury performance textiles, plus they pass NFPA 701 small-scale vertical flame code for drapery. “It’s common industry knowledge that water diminishes the effectiveness of factory-applied spray coatings,” says Lee Menichella, …

Kelly to leave Globe Canvas

Kevin M. Kelly, IFM, MFC, CPP, president of Globe Canvas, Yeadon, Pa., has announced plans to leave the company on September 30, 2016. Globe Canvas began a merger with DC Humphrys in October 2013. In the near future, CEO Ron “Boots” Nissenbaum will reset the management of the company’s divisions.

Futureguard appoints Thoms

Futureguard Building Products Inc., Auburn, Maine, has named John Thoms Midwest Region sales manager. Thoms comes to Futureguard with nearly 30 years of experience in the retail and wholesale awning and screen business. Prior to dealer sales, he and his wife founded and operated an award-winning fabrication shop in suburban Chicago.

Custom shade canopy

Fabric architecture makes a rooftop patio more useable and comfortable. When it comes to creating residential shade solutions, an awning will usually do. But Sugar House Awning Industries of Midvale, Utah, had a client that wanted a more unique solution of a custom-built slide wire cable canopy with rope-operated drop curtains. “The client wanted the …

NewSchool of Architecture program allows students to earn architecture licensure faster

NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) announced the launch of a new, accelerated program that will allow students to pursue architectural licensure upon graduation. NewSchool will be one of 14 schools in the nation to be accepted by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) to participate in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure …

New screen and shade material from Serge Ferrari

Serge Ferrari Soltis® 88 is available in North America and sold to manufacturers of exterior and interior screens, awnings, retractables and pergolas. Soltis 88 is a dimensionally stable, lightweight and durable screen material that is 8 percent open for both visual and thermal comfort, allowing light to be filtered and heat to be partially blocked …

Parà and Miami Corp. announce partnership

Parà S.p.a. of Milan, Italy, and its U.S. based Tempotest USA subsidiary announced a strategic alliance with The Miami Corp. of Cincinnati, Ohio. The agreement became effective July 1, 2016. Parà, the producer of Tempotest® brand performance fabrics, has partnered with The Miami Corp. to be its exclusive distributor in the U.S. for its high-performance …

Functional tensioned shade sculpture

Framed structure of gently arching beams creates a focal point and memorable landmark for a community. Early 1900s towns in the U.S. Southwest sprung up like cacti wherever stagecoach stops seemed appropriate. Established in 1912, Tolleson, Ariz., is one of those stagecoach layover points, and like many American towns that predate the automobile, the transformation …

Structural behavior

The challenges of designing and sizing the elements that make up a shade structure. Structural engineer Craig G. Huntington, president of Huntington Design Associates Inc., describes the challenge of designing and sizing the elements that make up a shade structure: “Shade structures are generally intended to be economical structures, and, as such, it’s often difficult …

Healthy outlook for construction market, despite rising challenges

After a strong 2015, there is a growing sense that the construction industry expansion will be more tempered over the next 18 months. However, continued strong demand for hotels, office space, and amusement and recreation spaces will ensure continued growth in the overall construction spending market over this time period. The American Institute of Architects’ …