The city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been undergoing a redevelopment since 2008 after severe floods damaged a significant proportion of the city. At the centre of the redevelopment project is a new riverfront park which includes the new McGrath Amphitheatre – a symbol of the city’s regrowth and recovery process.
Due to design innovation and a cost effective approach, Structurflex won the bid and was awarded the project.
The design team worked with the architect’s original drawings to develop an affordable solution that met the design intent. “When the project was awarded to Structurflex, we then became the engineer of record for the structure and had the liberty to design the steel structure and specify steel grades in a manner that was most efficient for the structure’s geometry.” says Bart Dreiling, Structurflex’s president of American operations.
The adjustable tensioning and clamping system, and smart connection details aided a smooth installation process and helped minimize the challenge of installing PTFE fiberglass in cold weather.
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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 […]