IFAI Recognizes Structurflex for Northwestern University Visitor’s Center Facade

December 10, 2015

Structurflex was recently recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award for Façades for work on Northwestern University’s Visitor’s Center in Chicago, Illinois.

“We are honored to be recognized by such a notable organization as the IFAI. Though we are seasoned in the international design, fabrication, and installation of tensile structures and have a diverse project portfolio, we are particularly excited that this iconic project has received accolades in this year’s IAA,” said Paul Snustead, Business Development and Design Manager at Structurflex. “Both the Visitor’s Center and the adjoining parking garage are integral parts of the historic Northwestern’s campus, reflective of the university’s diversity, culture, and innovation.”


Work on the Visitor’s Center was completed with fabric supplier and producer Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., and architect Perkins + Will, with engineering, fabrication, subcontracting, installation, and project management handled by Structurflex. The University’s vision for the Sailing and Visitor Center encompassed a state-of-the-art parking structure serving an imminent need for a parking solution while making a signature statement. The tensile façade was designed to blend with the adjoining development of the Sailing and Visitor’s Center.

The project features 94 panels, or approximately 10 thousand square feet of PTFE membrane, that were custom-shaped to mimic a wave of water, evoking the sailing theme. Structurflex provided collaboration on the design, engineering of the sails and structural support, plus PTFE fiberglass fabrication and installation. Due to the need to avoid conflict with post-tensioned slabs and rebar in the concrete parking garage, Structurflex collaborated with the contractor to devise a solution for placement of the embedment anchors responsible for attaching the structural framing.


In addition to the Outstanding Achievement Award for Façades, Structurflex also received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Frame-Supported Structures for work on Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

For more information about how our tensile membranes and PTFE facades can take your project to the next level, contact Structurflex today.


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