The Pentagon has recently been clamping down on adherence to “buy American” laws like the Berry Amendment and the Buy American Act. Building contractors working on U.S. government and military projects must be vigilant about the origin of the material they use.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has again made crucial revisions to the ASCE 7 standard, "Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures,” which provides requirements for general structural design. The revised standard is expected to become a primary reference that informs the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), specifically with relation to design that accommodates structural loads and seismic provisions.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Tension Membrane Committee has revised ASCE 55-10, the organization’s primary set of guidelines for designing a wide variety of tensioned fabric structures. While these guidelines are updated every five years on average, this latest revision is extensive compared to others—which makes the new set of guidelines, Tensile Membrane Structures (ASCE 55-16), a must-have resource for anyone building and assembling tension structures.
Air-supported domes are versatile building systems that are great for sport applications, as these structures do not require columns or other support beams. The large, open spaces protected by the domes can be utilized as year-round sports facilities. While there is no need for support beams, there are several vital structural and design elements to consider. Seven of these components are outlined below.
Tension structures are seemingly installed in the blink of an eye. However, there are specific steps installation teams must follow. Six steps are detailed in this post to help assist installation teams and building owners during their own installations.
Maintenance of your architectural fabric structure is a crucial aspect of maximizing its lifespan and performance. There is one important distinction between structure types and the required maintenance; frame, tension, and air supported structures generally have specific maintenance requirements set forth by the manufacturer.
The initial design criteria for architectural fabric structures is critical when looking at the long-term performance of your structure. Consideration must be given to the architectural fabric skin such as proper tensile strength, flame resistance, weight, coating adhesion, type of coating, and top finish to ensure the performance of the structure. When creating a design for your architectural fabric structure, consider the following five factors.