Ideas in harness

May 1, 2016

Michael Lester of MakMax doesn’t shy away from a challenge. He builds a team of fellow innovators and comes up with tensioned fabric solutions. “We’re always innovating,” says Michael Lester, managing director of MakMax Australia Pty. Ltd. in Brisbane, Australia, a world-renowned company building custom membrane structures and manufacturing a range of shade products. “We’ve …

Multi-functional shade

Cantilevered fabric shade structure features electrical wiring and high-pressure tubing to accomodate misting fans, signage and lighting design. Kona Grill is a national restaurant chain known for its sleek décor, and select locations are now known for the dynamic exterior architecture. When the Kona Grill in Woodlands, Texas, wanted a unique and highly visible shade …

The American Institute of Architects selects the 2016 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia. The COTE Top Ten Awards program, now in its 20th year, …

2016 IAA Awards open for submissions

The 69th annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) presented by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) offers your company an opportunity to shine. Companies from around the world will compete in new categories in 2016 to showcase innovation, technical skills, and design excellence. This year, IFAI is changing the competition a little bit. Each of the …

Polyfab USA is now an American-owned company

Barry Jamieson, director of Polyfab Australia, announced that its Polyfab USA division has been sold to the American management of that division. Jamieson, one of the originators of developing heavy-duty knitted HDPE shadecloth for the protection of people from the damaging rays of the sun more than 25 years ago, established the American division in …

Architecture Billings Index ends the first quarter on an upswing

The Architecture Billings Index reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from …

Airport passenger canopies

Dynamic-looking tensile fabric canopy evokes a nautical motif in its roof forms as a nod to San Diego’s nearby San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The San Diego International Airport is the nation’s largest single-runway airport, and it has seen steady increases in passenger growth and subsequently is in near-constant construction mode. Two major …

Serge Ferrari introduces Precontraint 502 Satin

Serge Ferrari North American and Trivantage announced the availability of Precontraint® 502 Satin flexible composite material. The product will be fully stocked in all colors at Trivantage’s 12 distribution centers. Precontraint 502 Satin is an evolution of the Classic version of Precontraint 502. It has all the same performance characteristic as its predecessor, including dimensional …