Anatomy of a fabric structure

By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA The percentage of the overall cost of a fabric structure can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the design, the material chosen, the location and access of the site, the cost of labor and equipment, and the amount of material needed to be shipped. Fabric structures are normally priced …

Fungi-fighting yoga mats and heat-seeking swampstools

The classic yoga warrior pose combines grace and strength, and a new product developed by Sommers Plastics showcases those same attributes. Sommers Plastic Products Company Inc., Clifton, N.J., manufactures specialty polyurethanes, lenticulars, holographics, fake furs and faux leathers; its newest launch is a patent-pending antimicrobial EVA foam used in yoga mats. Equifit SpaCare, New York, …

Determining a schedule of values

By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA The best way to understand the cost of a fabric structure is to request a schedule of values (SOV) or a breakdown of the major costs. Design (5-15%) Design development to construction document. Percentage varies depending on design/build vs. plans and specification approach. Engineering (5-15%) Awning to dome stadium. All …

Recycled garment line saves money

Problem: Disposable garments from clean environments, such as those used in silicon chip production, are unnecessarily thrown away. Solution: Durable Tyvek® fabric made from HDPE is hard to tear or puncture, yet it functions as a breathable membrane that allows body heat and sweat to escape while preventing chemicals, paints and particles from getting in. …

Graphics One LLC introduces new direct-to-fabric printer

Graphics One introduces the GO RIO TX direct-to-fabric printer for the flag and banner market. The RIO TX has been modified to image on multiple types of fabric with integrated high-performance ink delivery, fabric drying and fabric media handling systems. It can also image on paper offering the ability to do both direct-to-fabric and paper …