Architecture Billings Index slips, overall outlook remains positive

October 1, 2016

On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just below the positive mark. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine-to-12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects …

Tensile shade canopy

New shade sail is an opportunity to extend existing shade coverage while adding additional amenities. Halifax Holiday Park is a campground set in a natural bushland and surrounded by two calm beaches in Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia, a popular vacation region for many Australians as well as foreigners due to its natural beauty. …

A case for small fabric structures, Part 2

The balancing act with new materials for portables. For Harry Osborne, creative lead at SET-Live, the graphic applications and collection of temporary structures throughout the “Google on the Beach 2015” (GoB) event was an exercise in balance. “A balance between getting the most from Anthony Burril’s incredible artwork,” * says Osborne, “but also satisfying the …

Sunbrella® decorative shade fabrics to debut at IFAI Expo

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, will introduce two new fabrics into its Decorative Shade Collection at the 2016 IFAI Expo, October 19-21 in Charlotte, N.C. The Decorative Shade Collection, first introduced at the 2014 IFAI Expo, featured fabrics Fundamental, Alloy and Unity. New designs Avenues and Cirrus utilize a traditional Sunbrella fabric …

Polyfab USA introduces FR Comshade™

Polyfab USA LLC announced that its newly redeveloped FR Comshade will be available from Polyfab distributors across the Americas. The premium shadecloth has passed California State Fire Marshal testing requirements Title 19, Section 1237.1; Original State, after 72 hours Leaching and after 100 hours Weathering, as well as long-term accelerated weathering. The original FR Comshade, …

Iconic PTFE canopy greets and protects travelers

The San Diego International Airport (SDIA) wanted to make life easier for travelers needing rental cars by providing a one-stop centralized hub that would be quick and easy to access. They developed the SDIA Rental Car Center, a two million square-foot complex that houses all car rental companies and vehicles and enables them to provide …