Avenue of opportunity: Streetscapes

September 1st, 2021

Street appeal for this South Florida restaurant was greatly enhanced with a fabric canopy. Photo: Awnings of Hollywood. The COVID-19 pandemic has opened up tens of thousands of public gathering spaces by forcing proprietors to move their services outdoors and onto sidewalks and street fronts. While it is unclear how long these outdoor public sheltered […]

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Birdair installs tensile roof retrofit

August 1st, 2021

The Tensotherm™ fabric used in this retrofitted tensile roof offers diffused glare-free natural daylight, enhanced temperature control, remarkable acoustics and innovative sustainability. Photos: Birdair Inc. 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 […]

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Birdair announces global restructuring

October 1st, 2020

Birdair Inc., a specialty contractor for custom tensile membrane structures, has announced an international reorganization as it expands its worldwide presence through its network of organizations. A subsidiary of the Taiyo Corporation in Japan, Birdair—along with a number of MakMax Group affiliates—has completed more than 1,300 tensile architectural projects in more than 30 countries and six continents.  […]

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Fabric’s role in revitalizing neglected urban areas

January 1st, 2019

Like other rust belt cities, Detroit began declining decades ago, propelled by a combination of bad luck, bad timing, bad decisions and economic transformations that delivered additional crushing, seemingly fatal, blows. Its condition was such that not so long ago, numerous companies sprang up offering tours of the city’s ruined buildings and factories—a somewhat morbid […]

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Iconic canopy greets travelers

September 1st, 2016

The San Diego International Airport (SDIA) wanted to make life easier for travelers needing rental cars by providing a one-stop centralized hub that would be quick and easy to access. They developed the SDIA Rental Car Center, a two million square-foot complex that houses all car rental companies and vehicles and enables them to provide […]

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