Whether a stadium or an indoor athletic facility, tensile fabric solutions create optimal environments for both spectators and athletes. From the optimization of daylight to shading and thermal control, there’s no sport that can’t benefit from tensile fabric.

ETFE, coated PES, PTFE, and PTFE coated fiberglass all provide shading and reduction in solar glare, and a variety of structural configurations allow for natural ventilation. The light weight of tensile materials mean that they can stretch large spans at great heights and maintain their structural integrity. Many tensile fabrics are self-cleaning with rainwater, reducing maintenance costs and time.

Canopies, domes, and protective coverings over stadium seating are the most common sports and athletic uses for tensile fabrics. Certain tensile materials can also be custom imprinted to display arena and team names and logos.

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KieranTimberlake: Printed Tensile Cladding at Rice University

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.

The Increasing Importance of Durability

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 […]

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