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History Museum Library

June 29th, 2018 / By: /

Project Title: History Museum Library

Category: Exterior Shades and Screens

Completion Date: December 28, 2017

Approximate Size: 196

Unit of Measurement: Square Feet

Project Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Fabric Name: Rio 9 oz Mesh Vinyl

Fabric Supplier: Value Vinyl


Exterior shade screen 28’L x 7’H with digitally printed graphics on 9 oz Mesh Vinyl. Fabric is attached to top rail of framework via keder track and sewn reinforcement around edges. Back side framework constructed from custom aluminum and mechanically attached via masonry anchors to existing brick façade. Vertical supports were mechanically attached onsite.


The History Museum requested a branded shade screen to cover 3 large front building windows that face east with direct morning sunlight. They wanted sunlight screened over the lobby area and Library& Research Center plus have graphic branding opportunity for their visitors.

What's unique:

We were not allowed to penetrate the historic concrete columns with a typical anchor system. As an alternative, we designed and fabricated a mechanical expansion fitting, which wedged in between two of the columns. The fitting held the framework in place using only compression of the expansion joint. This method eliminated any need for drilling/ placing any anchors in the concrete and stabilized the screen and framework even in high wind conditions.


We were able to manage the lobby environment and promote their new branding of the Library & Research Center.

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