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'How to Get Started with Fabric Structures' to be held at IFAI Expo
Jul '08
Some of the architecture industry's top experts will present a thought-provoking workshop on how fabric structures are becoming the next wave in building innovation.

The "How to Get Started with Fabric Structures" workshop will be held Oct 22, 2008, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hilton Hotel, Charlotte, N.C.

Developing structures with fabric creates sustainable and effective design solutions, and the speakers will detail textile components, engineering considerations and steps for getting started with some of the hottest new thinking in structural design.

Architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, Principle of Frank Harmon Architect, PA, will give the keynote address, "Building Greener, Smarter, Sustainable Structures," and present examples of eco-friendly, sustainable structures that he has built over the past 20 years, that save money, energy and building materials.

Harmon is an adjunct professor of architecture at NCSU's College of Design, and the recipient of Residential Architect magazine's 2005-2006 "Top Firm of the Year."

Engineer Wayne Rendely, P.E. and Laura Geiman of W.L. Gore & Associates, will present "Textile Stories-See and Experience," an in-depth session on fabric materials and their physical properties, including PTFE fiberglass, PVC polyester, silicone/glass, ePTFE, HDPE mesh, acrylic, ETFE films and foils, polyolefin and more.

Architect Samuel J. Armijos, AIA, of Fabritec Structures, will teach attendees the "Five Steps to a Successful Fabric Structure Experience," including research strategies, design sketches, when to involve an engineer, fabrication components, and expected costs.

"There are many misconceptions about fabric structures but workshops such as this provide helpful information on the use of lightweight and durable architectural fabrics, and make designing, and especially building these structures so much easier," noted Armijos.

Architects and architectural students can attend the workshop free and earn an estimated 2.5 AIA CES Learning Units for Architects. The workshop is also intended for designers, engineers and members of the manufacturing community.

IFAI Expo 2008, Oct. 21-23 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C, has received the International Buyer Program designation from the U.S. Department of Commerce; and is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, drawing 8,000 registered participants from over 60 countries.

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