Sun motif shade structure evident on riverside plaza

April 1, 2016

A steel-cable net and PTFE and ETFE membrane structure holds up under heavy wind and snow loads. The Sun Island Resort is one of China’s favorite vacation spots. Because the city of Harbin (where Sun Island Resort is situated) is at a high latitude, it is cooler than the rest of the country in the …

Restaurant canopy shields customers from rain, wind and sunlight

The client requested a canopy that followed the exact contour of an existing patio. Warmer weather draws customers to restaurants with outdoor seating areas where fresh air, open atmosphere and pleasing views enhance the dining experience. Savannah Grille of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., has one of the nicest patios around, largely thanks to fabric …

Open-air restaurant

March 1, 2016

It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic and exotic land than the island nation of the Republic of Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of the southern tip of India and only five degrees north of the equator. A double chain of 26 atolls strung along a submarine mountain ridge, the Maldives atolls compose …

Sports Club Porte Cochère

February 1, 2016

Rugby is a very popular sport in Australia, and rugby clubs are found in almost every community that can find a local sponsor. A particularly intense interest in the sport can be found along the Central Coast of New South Wales, and one notable club from that region, the Wyong Rugby League Club, might be …

College amphitheater canopy

January 1, 2016

Established in 1967, The College of DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, Ill., recently underwent a $35 million renovation of its McAninch Arts Center (MAC), including the creation of an open-air amphitheater, called Lakeside Pavilion. Lakeside Pavilion is sited within view of the MAC’s Playhouse and Studio Theaters on lushly landscaped grounds and a stone’s throw from …

A mixed-use shady oasis

London’s Wembley Park includes a covered play area to attract families—with a coated fabric that resists dirt. Wembley Park has a long history. An urban renewal success story, it’s been transformed again and again to fit the needs of the times. In 1880, the Metropolitan Railway opened a line across what was then an estate. …

Iconic shade intervals

December 1, 2015

Tensile fabric canopies form partial tunnels to protect from the elements To connect the city parks along the Hillsborough River, the city of Tampa, Fla., wanted an iconic centerpiece that would attract joggers, bikers and visitors to the area when designing its Riverwalk project. Span Systems Inc., Manchester, N.H., was tasked with bringing the design …

Transit passenger shade

November 1, 2015

Tension fabric panels mark new rail extension The Valley Metro Rail Line in Mesa, Ariz., recently expanded its light rail transit (LRT) service to four new stations and a park-and-ride facility along a 3.1-mile route. The Central Mesa LRT Extension went “live” on Aug. 22, but not without a coherent identity and amenities for the …

Major shading at major tennis event

October 1, 2015

Stadium gets temporary fabric shades for the 2015 US Open. While the world’s best tennis players battled on the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2015 US Open, HDPE shade fabric was saving the day above the court. In a technological first, the US Open is having a retractable roof with a stand-alone support …

Fabric shades protect ice rink

August 1, 2015

A goal of the restoration of New York City’s Riverbank State Park ice rink, completed in December 2014, was to extend the season of the ice by protecting it from increased sun exposure it experiences in late winter. Considering the facility’s high visibility due to its location—69 feet above the Hudson River, on top of …