David Nickerson encourages industry guidelines

June 1, 2011

David Nickerson applies high standards to building fabric structures and encourages industry players to set collective guidelines. By Sigrid Tornquist “At the end of the day, I want to be able to look myself in the mirror,” says David Nickerson, president of Rubb Inc. in Sanford, Maine. “And that means designing to the building code—period.” …

Driving the future of fabric structures

Today’s advanced technologies will drive the future of fabric structures. By Blaine Brownell Fabric is one of the oldest materials humans have used for shelter; it remains an important material with diverse applications in design and construction today, and it will play an even more important role in the constructed environment in the future. Predictions …

High-speed fabrics

Value Vinyls, Grand Prairie, Texas, now offers improved Ad-Flex 8-ounce and Ad-Flex 12-ounce materials for printing with UV or solvent inks at high speeds, achieving high quality print results with single pass printing to keep ink costs down. Available in black back as well as white back with matte and gloss finishes, it’s well suited …

Living History: Putting a face on civil war

While working in Guatemala in 2009 with ArtCorps, a nonprofit group operating in Central America, artist Alayna Wool came up with an idea that may help change the future of its indigenous people by finally making the past visible. Wool’s project, “Living History—A Photographic Montage,” features 2,000 rescued photographs of victims killed, tortured or “disappeared” …

Reusable tent decals

Reusable tent decals from Central Tent, Santa Clarita, Calif., stick on almost any vinyl tent, as well as walls, metals and glass. Printable with customized graphics, the decals leave no residue, will not damage surfaces and can be repositioned multiple times. Outdoor rated for up to one year, the fabric will flex to follow the …

Molded polyurethane

Molded polyurethane from Corium Urethane Technology Inc., Boucherville, Québec, Canada, can be used to create seats, dashboards and interior wall panels by using molded polyurethane skin and foam technology. This process makes possible the design of multiple shapes and stitching imitations, the use of a combination of colors and textures, and the utilization of appliqués …

Eco-friendly wall covering

Neschen® Americas, Elkridge, Md., adds to its line of environmentally responsible media products with EnviroScape Mural™ Plus!, an FSC–certified media that incorporates 10 percent post–consumer waste for a sustainability advantage over traditional vinyl and pressure-sensitive vinyl materials. Easy to install, it can also be easily removed from walls, windows or any rigid surface. For murals, …

Custom blankets protect helicopters

[Ehmke Manufacturing Co.] Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A. Asked to provide upgrades using the latest technology in materials and workmanship, Ehmke Manufacturing Co., Philadelphia, Pa., engineered, manufactured and installed protective thermal acoustical blankets in the HMX-1 CH-46 presidential support helicopters. The interior materials and design needed to be functional, easy to maintain, affordable and aesthetically pleasing. Using …

Suits protect nuclear plant workers in Japan

[Radiation Shield Technologies (RST)] Coral Gables, Fla., U.S.A. Workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have been risking their lives to contain radiation leaks and make repairs to the facility that was severely damaged in the March 11 earthquake. Radiation Shield Technologies (RST) responded to the crisis by sending more than 200 protective suits …

A ship-sized sandblasting screen

[Port Douglas Sailmakers Pty Ltd.] Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia A shipyard needed an 18-meter by 18-meter sandblasting protection screen that could be placed behind ships once they were winched into position on an industrial slipway. The client needed a removable screen that was capable of containing sandblasting particles and was user friendly, including providing quick …