Customized courtyard shade sails

June 1, 2015

Four towering palm trees and an outdoor fireplace present unique challenges for this one-of-a-kind fabric architecture application. By Jake Kulju Shade sails anchored to buildings are unique by nature, but add customized openings for four towering palm trees and clearance for an outdoor fireplace with chimney, and you’ve really got a one-of-a-kind fabric architecture application. …

AIA design competition creates portable, temporary housing for the homeless

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community developed “A SAFE PLACE” design competition, asking architects and architecture students to design a discreet, compact and efficient shelter for the homeless. The goal of this design competition is to develop a simple, safe and secure place for an individual to sleep and …

World Cup venue to feature Birdair’s PTFE membrane, ETFE film and Tensotherm™

Birdair was selected to provide the design, fabrication and supply of the membrane roofing system for the renovation of Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, which has been named a 2022 FIFA World Cup™ venue. The Khalifa International Stadium was first constructed in 1976 as a 20,000-seat stadium. It hosted the Gulf Cup that year. …

The role of fabric structures in architecture (Part 2)

Fabric options, and the design-build process. By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA, president, Fabric Architect LLC The most important quality in choosing a material for a fabric structure is its fire resistance. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 701 is the most common fire test for textiles and films. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) …

Milliken reinforcement fabric for commercial roofing membranes

Milliken & Company launched a new, coated weft inserted warp knit product offering a 100% improvement to the tear resistance of polymeric single ply roofing membranes. This durability step-change to increase the longevity of commercial roofing systems is the latest in Milliken’s innovative line of advanced reinforcements for building and infrastructure applications. Milliken’s new weft …

“Future of Shade” competition winners announced

Sunbrella® fabrics, in partnership with Architizer™, announced the winners of the 2015 Future of Shade competition, an exploration of the possibilities of what fabric architecture can be. In its third year, the 2015 competition received 190 submissions from 36 countries, including the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Italy, China and Bolivia. The entries challenged conventional …

Shade goes to work for Walgreens

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 …

Miller Weldmaster hires senior VP of sales and service

Industrial fabric welding solution manufacturer Miller Weldmaster hired Dave Immel as the company’s senior vice president of sales and service. He will lead the sales team as Miller Weldmaster expands and further connects manufacturers in many industries with high-performance industrial fabric welding solutions customized to product demands. Prior to joining Miller Weldmaster, Immel served in …