Tension structures are a dream for many architects. But, the engineering requirements are a nightmare for the financial guy. Tension structures rely on the tension of the fabric against cabling or metal framing to provide structural support. Because it uses fabric rather than brick , mortar, cement or glass, people assume that it’s cheap. The…

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Many times we hear from contractors or builders that they had a great idea for a building’s exterior design but had to abandon it because of expense. My immediate reaction is always, why didn’t they call us first? I may be a fourth-generation contractor, but I’m also an accountant. At Parasol Awnings, we are often…

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Most industry outsiders think canopies and awnings haven’t evolved since they were installed on their grandparent’s house 70 years ago. Those of us in the business know better. Canopies and awnings are continually evolving to answer today’s engineering, design and energy-conservation challenges. Here and across the country craftsmen and designers are pursuing innovative applications, experimenting…

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