Buffalo, New York is pretty far from the tropics. Structurflex provided the ETFE triple-layer architecture that made it possible to recreate a tropical rain forest in upstate New York.
Structurflex met the challenge of creating the weather extremes of an Amazonian rain forest in upstate New York — a place that experiences a lot of snow every year. That meant creating an indoor structure that kept heat and light in, and the cold out. The ultraviolet light transmission was of the utmost importance, and our architectural and design elements were up to par with the zoologists’ requirements for the plant and animal life that would reside in the structure.
The triple-layer ETFE canopy is just as transparent as glass, but it’s far more efficient. ETFE does not restrict UV light transfer, nor does it break down from UV exposure. It’s much lighter than class, weighing in at 1/100 of its weight. ETFE requires much less structural support, and means that visitors can have a pretty much obstruction-free view.
The ETFE structure at the Buffalo Zoo uses a lever system Structurflex created taht opens 12 cushions to allow for passive ventilation.
On October 26, Structurflex Americas celebrated the grand opening of the Ward Parkway Restaurant Pavilion. Joining the Structurflex Americas team to observe the grand opening were Structurflex New Zealand’s Murray Higgs, Director, and Simon Higgs, Managing Director. The unseasonably warm and sunny day allowed guests to experience firsthand the solar glare and heat reduction provided […]Ward Parkway Center Restaurant Pavilion Grand Opening Scheduled for October 26
On October 26 at 10 am, Ward Parkway Center in Kansas City, Missouri will host the grand opening of its Restaurant Pavilion, featuring five restaurant spaces and a 22,235 square-foot pedestrian plaza. Unique in the region, the pedestrian pavilion will provide patrons with opportunities for outdoor dining, gathering, recreation, and entertainment. To provide guests with […]