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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West Hills Medical Office Building

The five-story, 60’s era West Hills Medical Office Building in Los Angeles was due for an exterior facelift. A complete exterior renovation by Michael W. Folonis Architects revealed that water infiltration had caused structural damage to the existing horizontal plaster awnings; removing them was a costly process that consumed much of the project budget. This […]

Rice University parking garage.

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.

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