Buffalo, New York is pretty far from the tropics. Structurflex provided the ETFE triple-layer architecture that made it possible to recreate a tropical rain forest in upstate New York.
Structurflex met the challenge of creating the weather extremes of an Amazonian rain forest in upstate New York — a place that experiences a lot of snow every year. That meant creating an indoor structure that kept heat and light in, and the cold out. The ultraviolet light transmission was of the utmost importance, and our architectural and design elements were up to par with the zoologists’ requirements for the plant and animal life that would reside in the structure.
The triple-layer ETFE canopy is just as transparent as glass, but it’s far more efficient. ETFE does not restrict UV light transfer, nor does it break down from UV exposure. It’s much lighter than class, weighing in at 1/100 of its weight. ETFE requires much less structural support, and means that visitors can have a pretty much obstruction-free view.
The ETFE structure at the Buffalo Zoo uses a lever system Structurflex created taht opens 12 cushions to allow for passive ventilation.
The second phase of Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida is now complete: a 94,000 square- foot indoor practice “flex field.” The flex field includes a regulation-sized football field that will make it possible for the Jacksonville Jaguars football team to practice on the field year-round. Five cameras are installed throughout so the team can film […]Rice University Parking Garage Progress
The installation of the tensile mesh facade on the Rice University parking garage in Houston, Texas is underway. Located south of Allen Center, the seven-story, 159,500 sq ft parking garage will be clad in an extremely strong coated PES tensile mesh screening custom printed to realize the architects’ vision. Project architect KieranTimberlake wanted the appearance […]