Finding the great pumpkin

June 1, 2021

Carlsbad Strawberry Co., located along the Pacific Coast south of Los Angeles, Calif., has been growing strawberries for four generations. Since the 1950s, the “pick-your-own” produce company has prospered as it actively engaged with local schools, churches and nonprofits. One tradition enjoyed by the locals for decades stems from a secondary crop that brings people …

Creating ‘The Canyon’

EDITOR’S NOTE: For the new terminal complex at the Salt Lake City International Airport, a specially commissioned public art installation involved architectural fabric. The visually stunning fabric sculpture “The Canyon” by public artist Gordon Huether was accomplished by a dedicated team of fabric engineers and fabricators who interpreted the artist’s vision. The scope of the …

Rolling out the sidewalk

May 1, 2021

The Montana Brewing Co., located on the ground floor in the defunct Montana Power Co. building, was one of the first small-scale brewpubs to appear when such facilities sprung up across the country. As the first brewing company in Billings, Mont., it staked out a claim on the main thoroughfare in the historic district of …

Macon City Auditorium repair includes a roofing membrane system

April 1, 2021

A few years shy of its 100th birthday, the Macon City Auditorium in Macon, Ga., is getting a makeover, starting with a new roofing membrane system. The Classical-style structure, surrounded on three sides with limestone Doric columns, is on the National Register of Historic Places and has hosted the likes of the Allman Brothers and …

Opportunities in fabric graphics

The market for fabric graphics continues to evolve, with new challenges presented by everything from COVID-19 to the changing workplace. Innovative companies, though, can find opportunities as they work to position themselves for the post-pandemic rebound. There’s no question the economic downturn caused by the pandemic affected almost everyone working in the industry, says Geoff …

Pvilion and Rensselaer developing robotics to manufacture rapidly deployable structures

When tents are needed immediately—for disaster response, a public health crisis or a military action—time is of the essence. A new research effort led by a robotics team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and Pvilion, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based manufacturer of rapidly deployable structures, including solar fabric structures, aims to improve the manufacturing process …

Homework brand launches antiviral curtains with Amicor

Homework fabrics brand from Gold House Decor has launched a new collection of antiviral curtains with Amicor™ fiber. The collection for both residential and hospital curtains is available in a range of colors and designs. The fabrics have shown a high level of efficacy against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, tested as per ISO 18184:2019 test …

Eschenbach Group completes speedy construction of temporary structures over speed skating rink

March 1, 2021

Olympic speed skating hopefuls in Germany will enjoy a modernized training facility once reconstruction is complete on a track in the state of Saxony. To keep construction on schedule through the winter, the state government reached out to Eschenbach Group of Bad Königshofen to supply an oval-shaped temporary structure solution to cover the track.  “In …

New Eisenhower Memorial features metal mesh tapestry

Despite delays, the new memorial makes a sweeping statement. by Bruce N. Wright, FAIA In May of 2020, the construction and installation of the memorial for General and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was finally finished. It was a process that took more than 15 years of internecine delays and objections put forth by pro- …

Playground prototype keeps kids cool and safe in Australia heat

Western Sydney University heat research has guided the refurbishmentof a playground in the Sydney, Australia, suburb of Cumberland, resultingin a first-of-its-kind UV Smart Cool Playground. The project brought together government, industry and research partners, including shade solutions manufacturer Alfresco Shade of Riverstone, Australia, and fabric supplier GALE Pacific, to address climate change and associated hotter …