Paul has been a pioneer in ushering in a new era of architecture into the US by developing a very successful business branch at Structurflex called Tensile Facades (aka: textile, fabric, flexible or bioclimatic facades). Tensile Facades provides an economical shading or screening system on a facade of a building or parking garage using exterior grade tensile mesh, membrane or clear foil/film. These various tensile materials are framed and tensioned by a specialized aluminum extrusion system either surface mounted or incorporated structural steel standoffs and embeds. Tensile facades are all over Europe; Paul and his team have taken these tried and true specialized facade systems and have adapted them into the US market. We even have more traditional metal meshes as well.
Paul educates architects, designers, engineers, contractors, facility managers and building owners in developing unique economical solutions; providing design assistance/concept development, detailing, preliminary engineering (analysis, steel sizing, modeling), performance specifications and estimating (budgetary pricing / bid proposals).
We are pleased to have collaborated with KieranTimberlake and the outfit of a parking structure on the Rice University Campus. In their blog post, they describe the concepts they employed to create an iconic sculptural element. For more details see the KieranTimberlake blog post.
While tensile fabric has several distinct advantages over more traditional materials like glass, one of the most important may be its ability to withstand severe weather events. Our tensile structures and tensile facades in Miami, Jacksonville, Houston, Fort Worth, Waco, and Atlanta did not sustain any damage or require any repair despite enduring events ranging […]