The Taubman Complex at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), designed by Morphosis and Detroit firm Albert Kahn Associates, provides cutting-edge facilities for robotics engineering, biomedical engineering, life sciences and related programs. Located in Southfield, Michigan, LTU is consistently ranked one of the best technology universities in the country. To appeal to incoming and current students as well as faculty and alumni, the new Complex needed to incorporate technologically advanced design concepts and materials.
Structurflex collaborated with Morphosis to develop the futuristic building façade and designed a scrim made from EFTE, an extremely thin plastic. Often considered “fabric” because of how it moves and can be manipulated, ETFE has the appearance of a hard surface and a reflection like glass.
The ETFE scrim is held off the façade approximately 18 inches outside the 125,000 sqf/11,613 sqm building enclosure, with clerestories behind it. The clerestories allow daylight to flood into workspaces, while the ETFE reduces glare and excess heat that would otherwise accompany the daylight. At night, the building emits an inviting glow.
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 […]Canopy Installed at Denver Civic Center Station
As part of downtown Denver’s Civic Center Station revitalization project, Structurflex has engineered, fabricated and installed three unique tensile membrane canopies with PTFE-coated fiberglass. Scheduled to open in December, the Civic Center Station is the main transportation hub for the Denver RTD (Regional Transportation District). The PTFE coated-fiberglass membrane on the roof becomes a beacon […]