Whether it’s a permanent durable structure that needs to last longer than 30 years, an insulated membrane system for thermal performance, or a roofing solution that provides outstanding light translucency, there are a variety of tensile membranes to choose from to meet specific performances for your next building project.
Birdair has been selected as the specialty contractor for the roof pillow system and facade solution for the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. The new state-of-the-art facility, set to open in 2017, will feature a retractable roof consisting of three layered ETFE roof pillows on eight petals that retract, similar to a camera lens. The stadium, once completed, will be home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS Atlanta, and will host concerts, conventions and other marquee sports and entertainment events. Recently naming rights for the stadium have been granted to Mercedes-Benz.
A recently completed renovation to an upscale mall in Austin, Texas, now features Birdair’s PTFE membrane. The unique and colorful “mandolin” shade structure was part of a major landscaping renovation to the Domain Mall’s common area. Birdair’s unique structure offers shade for customers and creates an area designed for live music performances, festivals, markets and holiday activities.
Before construction began on the South Terminal Redevelopment Project (STRP) at Denver International Airport, tension cables anchoring the Birdair-built "mountain range" membrane roof system needed to be moved to make room for the expansion. Birdair's project role involved designing and building two temporary shoring towers to carry the vertical and horizontal roof loads. The steel towers extend 30 feet below grade and rise 70 feet above ground. Once the shoring towers were erected, Birdair transferred the 215,000-pound roof load and removed eight roof anchors that comprise the south end roof "eyebrow," which is currently blocking excavation for new construction.
A Birdair constructed 11,000 square foot porte-cochere will soon welcome guests to the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York. The material selected for the drop-off canopy is ETFE, or ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, a transparent film that is lightweight, flexible and sustainable. ETFE will cover a steel lattice shell to create a dramatic sculptural entrance canopy.
University of Wisconsin athletes will soon train under a Birdair high-performance Tensotherm™ with aerogel roof at the McClain Athletic Facility. Birdair's project role consists of engineering, fabricating and installing an updated tensile membrane roof for the indoor athletic facility at the university's Madison campus. This summer, the facility's original Birdair non-insulated translucent tensile roof will be replaced with a new 41,920-square-foot Tensotherm roofing system. Existing structural support steel will be cleaned for reuse.
Birdair, Inc. kicks off the new year with four projects that demonstrate the versatility of project applications for tensile architecture. Brazil is preparing to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup with the construction of Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador, Brazil. Birdair and its subsidiary Taiyo Birdair do Brasil (TBB), Ltda. of São Paulo, Brazil have been awarded a subcontract for the roof construction.
Birdair, Inc. offers an innovative tensile architecture material, ETFE, or ethylene tetrafluoroethylene. The transparent film is suitable for roofs and facades in large and medium scale architectural applications. ETFE offers unlimited design options due to the material's light weight, flexibility and transparency.
An updated Tensotherm™ with Lumira™ (formally known as Nanogel®) roofing system modernizes Talisman Centre for Sport and Wellness in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The new roof adds daylighting, insulation and sustainability to the full-service athletic facility.
With over 50 years of experience, Birdair is practiced and adept at working as a key member of the client's building team to design and build custom tensile structures of any size. Birdair specializes in transforming your vision into an iconic free formed structure by designing and engineering fabric membrane into a multitude of shapes and adding a signature look to any building envelope.
Birdair, Inc. has nearly completed the tensile roofing system for La Plata Stadium in La Plata, Argentina, bringing functional benefits and visual appeal to the South American stadium. A frequent host to football and cultural events, the 53,000-seat capacity stadium is the first stadium in South America to feature a roof made from PTFE fiberglass membrane.
When selecting high-performance roofing materials, schools, colleges and universities face the challenge of incorporating materials that contribute to learning by promoting visual stimulation and ample daylighting.
Birdair has begun construction on three of the four primary 2010 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup stadium projects in South Africa, including Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, Durban Stadium in Durban and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Architects of healthcare facilities are well aware of the potential impact their design and product selection can have on patient wellness. For example, studies demonstrating positive correlations between patient exposure to natural daylight and patient recovery have spurred architects to explore new opportunities for increased daylighting in healthcare facilities.
Birdair's second Tensotherm™ with Nanogel® installation is underway at the Talisman Centre for Sport and Wellness in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The roofing retrofit will provide many benefits for the full-service athletic facility, including ample natural daylight.
Birdair, Inc. has been selected to provide the updated tensile roofing system for Canada Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As the provider of Canada Place's original sail fabric, Birdair is proud to be a part of this project.
Serving as one of the roofing sub-contractors for the newly constructed Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Birdair supplied the fabric membrane roofing and clamping to help create the stadium's record-breaking retractable roof. At 120,000 square feet, it is the world's largest, longest and steepest retractable roof, and features photocatalytic TiO2 fabric membrane.
Birdair has been awarded the design-build contract to supply a retractable fabric membrane canopy over the park's existing seating area, a steel and fabric membrane canopy for the park's new permanent stage and a canopy covering a new pavilion overlooking the Kanawha River.
New Major League Soccer stadium Red Bull Arena now benefits from the sleek look and functionality of tensile architecture. As the athletic facility's specialty contractor, Birdair engineered, fabricated and installed the roof and cladding systems under a design-build contract, offering several tensioned membrane solutions to the architect and construction manager.
Don't miss Birdair at Greenbuild International Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center, November 11-13. Representatives will be on hand at Cabot Corporation's Booth #546 to discuss groundbreaking new Tensotherm™ with Nanogel® – the world's first and only translucent insulated composite membrane roofing system.
Don't miss Birdair at the AIA 2009 National Convention and Design Exposition at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Representatives will be on hand at Birdair's Booth #4863 to discuss the variety of aesthetic, functional and sustainable benefits associated with tensile architecture.
The world's first permanent tensioned membrane roofing system – engineered, fabricated and installed by Birdair – remains in very good condition 35 years later at the University of La Verne Sports Science and Athletic Pavilion, La Verne, CA.
Birdair, Inc. introduces Tensotherm™, a next-generation composite roofing system that solves an important industry challenge – insulating fabric membrane. Prior to Tensotherm, insulating the roof of tensile structures made with a fabric membrane was a difficult task, if it was attempted at all.
From the fabric membrane peaks that echo Kuwait's southern sand dunes to the saddle-shaped steel latticework that links the region to its nomadic past, the canopy design of Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium offers spectators an effective shade system with a touch of Middle Eastern flair.