Shade goes to work for Walgreens

June 1, 2015

HDPE shade structure meets requirements for sun protection. By Kathy Carlson It is long, shallow and the only shade in sight. A&R Tarpaulins Inc., Fontana, Calif., installs shade cloth for many residential and commercial applications, but less frequently gets requests to shade industrial spaces, such as a 275-by-51-foot shade structure at a Walgreens distribution center …

Function meets beauty

May 4, 2015

Torch-shaped fabric canopies light way for Staten Island commuters. By Kathy Carlson The elegant array of 12 torch-shaped canopies glowing with diffused lights has made the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal a more functional–and beautiful–way for commuters to experience New York’s landscape. The Staten Island Ferry transports 22 million people per year between Staten …

Powerful fabric

April 1, 2015

Tensile structure featuring photovoltaics creates positive energy for carpark. The Solar Cloth Company, based in Cambridge, UK, has developed a unique architectural solution for tensile structures that combines visually striking design with high-yield Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). These “tensile photovoltaics” are flexible solar modules bonded onto lightweight structural fabrics to make positive energy structures. In …

Fabric shades are in, outside

January 1, 2015

Screens and shades that protect from sun, wind and insects bring indoor comforts to outdoor living. By Barb Ernster Outdoor living is a growing trend for homeowners seeking to relax and entertain outside with all the comforts of indoor living. Restaurants and hotels are also extending guest areas to outdoor patios, sidewalks, rooftops and beachfronts. …

Frame-supported fabric structures: codes and loads defined

September 25, 2014

It is always prudent to research and develop a thorough understanding of the design and code criteria of any project. Produced by the Fabric Structures Association The origins of frame-supported fabric structures predate historical records. They are arguably among the oldest of man-made structures and provide many benefits, including low cost, ease and speed of …

Outdoor pavilion with indoor feel

All weather, climate-controlled convertible event space for leading golf resort. By Jake Kulju In addition to being a PGA Tour tournament site and 36-hole Palm Springs golf resort ranked in the Top 20 “Best Courses You Can Play” in California by Golfweek magazine, Indian Wells Golf Resort is a hosting facility for corporate events, group …

Retractable fabric structures expand market growth

August 28, 2014

Retractable fabric systems are poised to effectively transform and commercialize outdoor space. By Mason Riddle So you thought retractable fabric structures were a late 20th century phenomenon sheltering sports stadia, outdoor shopping malls, and en plein air cafés? Think again. Forms of retractable fabric roof systems date to Roman times. The Coliseum’s vast seating area, …

High-end fabric canopy for high-end shopping mall

High-performing retractable fabric canopy offers strength, pliability, style and comfort. By Peter Katcha Bal Harbour Shops in Miami Beach, Fla., is superlative in every respect. The prestigious open-air shopping mall has the highest sales per square foot of any shopping center in the world. It features the finest retail establishments in a setting that epitomizes …

Fabric “skins” for building exteriors

August 1, 2014

The challenge is finding the right materials in architectural applications. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA Is the building cladding going to be massive and highly insulated, or is it going to be layer upon layer of thin insulating materials? Will the south and west sides be completely glazed or mostly opaque? The most important challenge …

Opera roof makeover

June 30, 2014

The theater’s recently completed rebuilding program replaced a 1960s era roof with a 55,000 sq ft fabric tensile roof. By Frank Edgerton Martin Sopot Opera LeÅ›na (also known as the Forest Opera) is one of Poland’s most famous outdoor theaters and one of the most beautiful in Europe. Dating from 1909, Opera LeÅ›na is a …