Fabric protection for frac sand

October 1, 2015

A fast-growing industry relies on fabric architecture for a long-term, large-format storage facility. Wind and sand are like oil and water; they don’t mix. When Source Energy Services (SES), Eau Claire, Wis., enlisted the assistance of Legacy Building Solutions Inc., South Haven, Minn., to build the largest regional frac sand storage facility in Alberta, Canada, …

Education program for architects

May 1, 2014

The Fabric Structures Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, is offering a presentation that its members can offer to architects in their area for Continuing Education System (CES) credits. The presentation, titled Fabric Structures: Where to begin, is accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). To view the learning objectives and …

Today’s trends in fabric structures

April 1, 2014

Fabric structures have evolved over the years and continue to grow in importance today. By Sam Armijos, AIA Fabric structures have been used in one form or another in different market segments and in a variety of environmental conditions. These structures have evolved over the years with advances in materials and technology, and continue to …

How to design a fabric structure: The basics

By Sam Armijos, AIA The first step in designing a fabric structure is to create a form with sufficient pre-stress or tension to prevent it from fluttering like a flag or sail. The three basic forms associated with tensioned fabric structures are the hypar (hyperbolic paraboloid), the cone, and the barrel vault. The hypar—or simple …

FBI cover-up

Tensioned fabric panels enhance FBI parking garage using frame and clip technology. By Kelly Frush Typical businesses in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley include technology giants such as Qualcomm, Fujitsu, and Texas Instruments. But now there is a new sheriff in town—the FBI. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently moved into a $100 million, six-story building, …

The fabric connection

January 1, 2014

How hardware and fabric, combined in fabric structures, should be selected for good results. By Bruce N. Wright, AIA As any matchmaker will tell you, making the right connection can be the difference between a success that lasts, and a disaster that has long-lasting repercussions. This is especially true with tensile fabric structures where structure …

Nature’s wrath and awning repair

August 1, 2013

By Maura Keller When you have a five-star-rated hotel, situated on a pristine beach in Watch Hill, R.I., you need to feature awnings that stand up to the hotel’s esteemed reputation and it’s ocean-side location. That’s why Ocean House began partnering with New Haven Awning Co., New Haven, Conn., more than four years ago for …

Going global with digital fabrication

May 1, 2013

Advanced technology opens door to new design possibilities. By Frank Edgerton Martin With digital fabrication, the fabric industry has a powerful tool to combine international expertise with on-the-ground knowledge of local building conditions and client needs. Thanks to computer-aided design software and the Internet, clients, designers, fabricators and manufacturers can work together across time zones …

Walking atop the O2 Dome

January 1, 2013

Visitors to London during the 2012 Summer Olympics had a unique perspective atop the Dome. Now that the dust has settled on the London Olympics, the story can be told about how ordinary people were able to walk up the fabric roof of the O2 Dome (formerly Millennium Dome), and survive the winds and weather …

Driving the future of fabric structures

November 1, 2012

Today’s advanced technologies will drive the future of fabric structures. By Blaine Brownell Fabric is one of the oldest materials humans have used for shelter; it remains an important material with diverse applications in design and construction today, and it will play an even more important role in the constructed environment in the future. Predictions …