Start to finish

February 15th, 2016

Fabric structure companies with metal shops make material decisions based on multiple factors. Site conditions, local building codes, aspects of design and customer preferences dictate the type of metal used with fabric structures, says Gerald Thompson, CEO of Awnings of Hollywood. His company works with high-strength steel pipe and tubing, aluminum pipe and tubing, and...

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Domes of discovery

December 1st, 2015

In 2009, HAWC was identified as the Mexican scientific project with the highest expected impact on high-energy astrophysics. A test array with three Cherenkov detectors was installed, and after its success, the first 30 of 300 HAWC detectors were deployed in 2012, with more than 100 active ones operating today. Photo: Patrick Younk, Los Alamos...

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Reaching for the stars

November 1st, 2015

Tectoniks created a protective shelter for Lockeed Martin U.K. that is easy to transport, quick to erect, and stands up to wind, snow and cold. The hybrid roller door, a first for the company, runs up and over the structure and also acts as part of the roof. Photo: Tectoniks Limited Tectoniks pioneers inflatable technology...

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Protecting those who serve

November 1st, 2015

The barrel vault design of the 25,000-square-foot cover for the Silverbell Army Heliport increases its durability while enhancing the look of the structure. Photo: International Tension Structures A fabric cover at an army heliport shields against the Arizona sun. The Silverbell Army Heliport, located near Marana, Ariz., about 30 miles northwest of Tucson, is a...

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Powering up

September 1st, 2015

Students attend Brunswick Safety Town in Ohio to learn about fire safety practices in the inflatable Fire Safety House. Inflatable Images developed this interactive inflatable in 2006 after a request from the local fire department, seeking an alternative to the classroom trailers they’d been using—one that would make learning fun. Photo: Inflatable Images The demand...

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Fabric meets frac sand

September 1st, 2015

Source Energy Services’ sand storage facility in Alberta, Canada, constructed by Legacy Building Solutions Inc., can receive several unit trains monthly, each usually carrying more than 10,000 tons of material. Most transload distribution centers in the area provide about 2,000 tons. Photo: Legacy Building Solutions A fast-growing industry relies on fabric architecture for a long-term,...

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A healthy living

September 1st, 2015

Inflatable products need not be oversized to have a big impact; small can be mighty, especially when it comes to inflatables designed to provide relief on an individual basis, such as those popping up in wellness centers, hospitals, nursing homes and even on clothing racks and in closets. Here’s a quick overview of three companies...

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Air support

July 1st, 2015

Although the Central Municipal Pool in Cape Girardeau, Mo., is a year-round facility, the weather in this southern Illinois town necessitates the use of an air-supported dome from the fall through the winter months. The 24,000-square-foot Arizon air structure covers a 25-yard by 50-meter Olympic size pool with two one-meter lanes set aside for recreational...

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Beyond the competition

July 1st, 2015

Photography by Betsy Hansen Patty and Charly Smail build their business by learning from each new customer—and finding gaps in what the competition offers. We’ve always been service-oriented people. That’s our style,” says Patty Smail, president of Shelter Structures Inc. in Philadelphia, Pa. “We wanted to find markets where they valued quality over price and...

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5 top reasons for using an air-supported structure

July 1st, 2015

At the Stade Hébert Stadium, located in the Ville de Saint-Léonard borough of Montreal, Canada, an air-inflated structure provides enough covered space to accommodate a permanent 11-player soccer field and three 7-player soccer fields, as well as several small-pitch sports such as basketball, volleyball and badminton. Photo: Arizon Structures Many of the manufacturers interviewed for the...

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