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November 04, 2016

Raising the Roof with Tensile ETFE Design

Breaking the Glass Roof - Building with ETFE Architecture

A relatively new product within the industry, EFE is a flourine-based plastic that remains strong across a wide range of temperatures and is highly resistive to corrosion. It was developed from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) - also known as Teflon - a strong, lightweight, fire-retardant fabric membrane that was originally formulated for space exploration apparel, but later used for architectural applications and transparent envelopes. 

November 04, 2016

ETFE - Teflon's Little Brother is Breathing New Life into Big Design

A name that’s difficult to say but hard to forget, at least among those within the build world who have worked on projects using the versatile material.

This little-known plastic polymer, first created in the 1930s, ETFE film has suddenly become a build world staple – especially in projects like sporting venues, commercial outlets, educational buildings, resorts, transportation hubs, and other high visibility public arenas.

November 04, 2016

Best of the US 2016 - Birdair, Inc.

A New Approach to Roofing and Facades from a Seasoned Industry Leader

Birdair was selected as one of the “Best of the U.S.” companies for US Builders Review 2016. Since 2013, US Builders Review has recognized construction and building companies from across the country that have committed their enterprises to success, satisfied employees, and superior products and services through the annual Best of the United States awards. This year, 66 companies and three top projects were selected from nearly 700 eligible featured businesses for the 2016 Best of the United States honor due in large part to their industry contributions and forward-thinking nature.

August 27, 2014

Tensile Cladding: Alive with Color

ETFE Film makes a striking and weatherproof porte-cochere in Yonkers, New York.

July 09, 2014

A Clean Sweep in Fabric

Gambling is a game of chance, and when the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in New York planned a $50 million expansion, project managers bet on a knock-your-socks-off entryway design to invite and excite the playing customer. Studio V Architecture PLLC, New York, developed a sweeping transparent tensioned fabric porte-cochere sculptured to emerge organically from the surrounding hills.

May 30, 2014

Birdair has World Cup Stadiums Covered

The Buffalo News

When World Cup fan attend matches in Brazil next month, they can thank Birdair for making their experience more comfortable with roofs designed and built using tensile membrane.

February 26, 2014

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway

Metals in Construction

A sculptural entrance canopy reinvents the histroic track's image with an 11,000-square-foot LED-lit lattice structure covered with transparent ETFE film.

February 26, 2014

Providing Solutions to Challenging Structural Concepts

US Builders Review

Walter Bird founded Birdair Inc. (Birdair), the first company to develop and build air-supported membrane structures, in 1956. In 1972 Birdair introduced Teflon-coated fiberglass, and the first permanent tensile membrane structure was constructed at LaVerne College in California. Birdair is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., from which the team continues to provide unique structural solutions for tensile architectural projects spanning the globe.