Polyfab Pro Shade Sail Zee brackets

August 1, 2014

Polyfab, a manufacturer and wholesaler of premium fire-rated shade fabric, high quality stainless steel hardware and shade sail edge webbing, added to its lineup of Polyfab Pro Shade Sail Hardware with the Polyfab Pro Shade Sail Zee Bracket. This unique, patent pending bracket set, which consists of one left and one right bracket, was designed …

Arthur Ashe Stadium to get 210,000-square-foot PTFE roof

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and ROSSETTI, the architect of record for the Arthur Ashe Stadium, tapped Birdair to supply a 210,000-square-foot, PTFE membrane, retractable roof, which is expected to be installed by 2016. PTFE, or polytetrafluoroethylene, is a Teflon®-coated woven fiberglass membrane that is extremely durable and weather resistant. The PTFE fiberglass membrane …

Automextrix automation of awning design and cutting

June 30, 2014

Autometrix Inc. of Grass Valley, Calif., announced the development of a turnkey solution to facilitate the automation of awning design and cutting for awning shops large and small. The package includes Eclipse 3D, Autometrix’s exclusive awning design software. Eclipse 3D is used to create dome, waterfall and traditional awnings with features for stripe alignment and …

Construction workers “stand down” to prevent falls

General contractor Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P), conducted a coast-to-coast effort to participate in the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. The national stand-down event, held June 2–6 and initiated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), encourages construction employers and workers to pause during the workday to …

Advantages of the fabric footprint

Why choose a fabric structure over traditional construction? By Bruce Wright, AIA Advantages of fabric structures over more traditional construction: Manufacturing and erection time is considerably less than with conventional construction. Many fabric structures do not require local planning agency consent if the structures are temporary in use. Structures can be packed and stored in …

“Future of Shade” winners announced

The winners of the second annual “Future of Shade” contest, sponsored by Sunbrella® fabrics and Architizer™, are from global shade innovators in China, Portugal and Mexico. Selected from more than 140 entries, the winning designs approach shade from humanitarian, leisure and commercial construction angles. The winner of this year’s top prize, $10,000 in cash, is …

William Rose to deliver keynote

June 26, 2014

Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) announced that William Rose, pioneering building scientist, will deliver the keynote address at the 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference in San Francisco, during the opening plenary on Friday, Sept. 12. The conference will be held at the San Francisco Airport Waterfront Marriott Hotel. Rose, senior research architect at …

Phifer insect screening used in malaria research

The Ifakara Health Institute, one of Africa’s eminent health research organizations, is using Phifer’s 18X14 fiberglass insect screening to cover structures for malaria research in Tanzania, East Africa. While building the structures, the IHI realized a need for durable screening with a specific mesh count, as well as UV resistance. “The screen houses allow us …

Fabric project awards program

June 1, 2014

The International Achievement Awards (IAA), an awards program for fabric product manufacturers sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), provide expanded recognition and increased inspiration for businesses in the specialty fabrics marketplace. The IAA program offers manufacturers an opportunity to show off their exceptional aptitude and craftsmanship within the specialty fabrics industry. Entries will …

Museum of Science Fiction Architectural Design Competition

The Museum of Science Fiction announced an architectural design competition for its 2015 preview museum, which will be located in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The competition is open to students, architects and designers around the world, and will accept entries through Aug. 31. The museum plans to construct a preview space in 2015 as …