Playground shade sails protect patients

September 1, 2023  |  Features

Could there be a more feel-good project than one that gives a little bit of joy to children being treated (or having completed treatment) for cancer?
Multistory tents

September 1, 2023  |  Features

Shawn Smith is sitting in a tent on the 17th green at TPC Sawgrass, a celebrated golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. It’s a typical sunny morning in the middle of February, and Smith, who is responsible for product development and quality control for Shaffer Sports & Events, one of the lead…
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Sustaining a legacy that extends to the 19th century

August 1, 2023  |  Features

Lycée Michelet is located in an old but storied suburb of Paris on a piece of land it first occupied in 1871. Vanves is a first-ring suburb at the southwest corner of Paris. The school (Lycée) is at the center of Vanes and within blocks of the Paris Convention Center and little more than a third o…
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Scott Neville: Prioritize trust to join legacy companies

August 1, 2023  |  Features

Fifteen years ago, Scott Neville was a newcomer to the shade industry. In partnership with his father, Ron, he has since acquired three renowned awning companies with more than 300 years of combined industry leadership. And he’s just getting started.
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PFAS Regulations prompt innovation

August 1, 2023  |  Features

A s the momentum to eliminate per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS) picks up speed, growing numbers of product manufacturers and suppliers are exploring how to make their lines comply with the ever-tightening regulations and restrictions affecting C6 PFAS (long-chain C8 chemistries are alr…
Updating an ’80s Brutalist campus landmark

July 1, 2023  |  Features

The School of Architecture building at the University of Florida, Gainesville, is fully of its era—massive, raw concrete slab walls that frame major outdoor spaces; angled facade planes with deep overhangs that produce stark shadows in contrast to the bright white massing of the all-concrete build…
Awnings encourage natural light and offer shade protection

July 1, 2023  |  Features

Natural light can help reduce energy usage in our buildings. This is a lesson known for centuries but seemingly forgotten after the 1940s with postwar technological advances in air conditioning (coupled with the Modernist design movement that declared “ornament is a crime”). These stripped-down …
A home run for reuse of abandoned ball field

June 1, 2023  |  Features

In 2017, the city of Bridgeport, Conn., was dealt several strikes against its home-based sports attraction when its minor league baseball team, the Bridgeport Bluefish, packed up and moved away for greater glory.
George Smith grew Mahaffey through market diversification

June 1, 2023  |  Features

George Smith, vice president of operations for temporary structures for Sunbelt Rentals Inc. (and former president and CEO of Mahaffey USA), never intended to make a career out of the tent business.
Dyeing for change: Companies create pollution solutions

June 1, 2023  |  Features

The amount of water used and polluted in textile production is staggering. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, around 20% of all wastewater worldwide comes from fabric dyeing and treatment. Dyehouses in India and China are notorious for not only exhausting local water supplies but…