Tasting the great outdoors

September 1, 2021

Across the country, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many food service businesses to offer outdoor dining, and sometimes that means reimagining how to use their parking lots. The city of San Marcos, Calif., revamped its outdoor dining permit process for restaurants to offer outdoor dining. Rip Current Brewing was one of those businesses that quickly …

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Shade sails find a place in the sun

For something that’s been around for thousands of years—as far back as the Roman Colosseum, if not longer—shade sails in North America have a reputation as “the new kid on the block.” While using tensioned sails to provide shade for both commercial and residential structures has been a function of fabrication shops in North America …

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Birdair installs tensile roof retrofit

Custom membrane provider Birdair Inc. has brought a modern look to a shopping mall in Lancaster, Pa., with the installation of a retrofitted Tensotherm™ translucent insulated tensioned membrane system. The three-layer Tensotherm roof replaced a single-layer tensile membrane roof Birdair installed at the Park City Center mall in 1988. Tensotherm’s three layers include an outer …

Owens Corning acquires vliepa GmbH

Owens Corning has acquired vliepa GmbH, a company that specializes in the coating, printing and finishing of nonwovens, paper and film for the building materials industry. The acquisition broadens Owens Corning’s global nonwovens portfolio to better serve European customers and accelerate growth of building and construction market applications in the region. With the transaction, Owens …

Scaling your business

The concept of scaling a business is not interchangeable with growing a business.  Consider this scenario: You are experiencing exponential growth, revenues are up, work is pouring in the door and you decide to hire more people. You and your team work longer hours, but it is still not enough. Deadlines are missed, quality decreases, …

‘Fabricating Networks’ amplifies the invisible

Architect Felecia Davis used active textiles and advanced knitting technologies to create “Fabricating Networks,” on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) this past spring as one of 11 projects featured in “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America.” The exhibition examined contemporary architecture in the context of systemic racism and the histories of …