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Custom Designed Structure Uses Architectural Fabric to Light the Way

Shelter-Rite on Jun 6, 2019 9:55:00 AM

The outdoor venue provides concert-goers pleasant, natural surroundings to enjoy the sounds and visual excitement of various national recording artists.

Nautica Entertainment ComplexPROJECT DETAILS:

Client: Jacobs Investments, Inc.
Fabric: Shelter-Rite Style 9032 DC-184 Translucent White with Brite™ White Tedlar® PVF film on top and acrylic bottom finish, Architectural Fabric, by Seaman Corporation
Engineer: Geiger Engineers
Architect: Richard L Bowen & Associates, Inc.
Fabrication and Installation: Shade Concepts (now Fabrtitec LLC), Tensys Consultants, LTD., Sundance Awnings (now Sundance Architectural Products)


Creating a custom designed tension fabric structure that is both durable and aesthetically dramatic presented a daunting task. Shelter-Rite® architectural fabric by Seaman Corporation provided the ideal solution. The owners of the Nautica Stage in Cleveland, Ohio couldn't be happier.

Over 15 years ago, Jacobs Investments Inc., owners and operators of the Nautica Entertainment Complex, wanted to improve on an existing site. The outdoor venue provides concert-goers a pleasant, natural surrounding to enjoy the sounds and visual excitement of various national recording artists.

Architects Richard L. Bowen & Associates Inc. were hired to develop a one-of-a-kind tension fabric structure that was both practical and uniquely beautiful. They, in turn, worked with Geiger Engineers to turn this vision into reality.

The complex, located strategically on the Cuyahoga River bank and adjacent to the shores of Lake Erie, presented a difficult set of challenges. Because of its location, it was necessary to develop a system that would allow the material to be attached to the support poles before they were lifted into place. Shelter-Rite Style 9032 DC 184 architectural fabric was chosen because of the strength and flexibility it provides, assuring that it would stand up to these stresses as well as excessive winds and snow that are common to this locale. In addition, a Brite White Tedlar PVF film applied to the top of the architectural fabric, making it virtually self-cleaning and resistant to the deteriorating effects of UV rays. In the end, more than 74,000 square feet of fabric was used.

Sam Armijos, AIA, President of Fabric Architect LLC, was the Project Manager for Shade Concepts in 2004 when the structure was installed. In a recent visit to the site, Armijos stated, “the fabric still looks great, the same as it did 15 years ago”. Watch the full video of the visit here.

Another of the unique requirements of this venue was that, although natural light transmission from the sun into the stage area was desirable, in this case, it was more important that the fabric be able to transmit maximum light from the inside out. Many of the featured performers put on a dazzling light show to accompany their music. The owners of the structure wanted to make sure that the beauty of the light shows projected through the structure out into the surrounding community. Shelter-Rite's 9032 DC 184 Translucent White architectural fabric's unique qualities provided the ultimate in light transmission.

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Topics: Tensile, Entertainment, Size Range 3: Large

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