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UNITED NATIONS ENTRANCE CANOPY


THE CHALLENGE – MEET STRICT SECURITY REQUIREMENTS TO DESIGN AND INSTALL COMPLEX ENTRANCE CANOPY ON TIME

Working for the United Nations involves complying with the highest level of security. All personnel are required to undergo background checks and sign non-disclosure agreements. Moreover, accessing any construction site in Manhattan is challenging, and this United Nations site was more problematic than most.

We also had to work within an extremely tight timeframe, which required installation over the Christmas and New Year holiday break – the coldest time of year for New York City. Added to this were the detailing challenges of a complex design that included compound curved tri-chord trusses.

OUR SOLUTION – A HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEAM, FULL 3D MODELING AND ROBUST PLANNING

To ensure we would achieve a ‘right the first time’ outcome for this entrance canopy project, Structurflex enlisted the expertise of Wade Consulting, a highly experienced team of tensile membrane structure engineers and detailers.

We also chose to work with a steel fabrication company that has made supporting framework for hundreds of tensile membrane structures over the past 15 years.

By getting a rock-solid team on board, backed up by the virtual preparation abilities of full 3D modeling, we insured this highly sensitive contract could be delivered without a hitch. Heavy snowfalls and low temperatures didn’t hinder our finely-tuned installation processes.

This project was featured in Fabric Architecture magazine. Read the article here.



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PTFE TENSILE FABRIC

COMPLETED IN 2010

LOCATION
New York City, New York, USA

FABRIC AREA
1,068M2 / 11,500FT2

FABRIC TYPE
PTFE - SHEERFILL II

ARCHITECT FTL Studio / United Nations

High security entrance canopy for United Nations headquarters

LOCATIONS

Americas

APPLICATIONS

Municipal & NGO , Office Building , Open Air

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