About Big Span Structures
Big Span Structures (BSS) is a Leader in the design and construction of signature lightweight tensile membrane structures in PTFE, PVC and ETFE. A US based company with over 40 years of experience in the industry, Big Span provides concept-to-completion, customized design, engineering, manufacturing, fabrication and installation solutions for tensioned membrane structures, tensile facades, air supported fabric structures and prefabricated fabric clad buildings. Big Span does its steel manufacturing in Summerfield, FL outside of Orlando while its fabric fabrication is done outside of Guadalajara, Mexico. We also use a network of domestic and international consultants and companies to assist us in a variety of projects.
As a turnkey company, Big Span Structures offers concept-to-completion, customized design, engineering, manufacturing, fabrication, and installation solutions for tensioned membrane structures, tensile facades, air supported fabric-clad structures, and fabric pre-fab frame supported with a customer-focused service model. Big Span’s Team brings over a century of combined, highly-specialized knowledge & experience to the table. With a diverse skill set and collaborative, service-driven management style, Big Span Structures is uniquely positioned to outpace its competitors in the design and development of signature lightweight tensile membrane structures, from the most basic to the highest levels of complexity.
In our 40-year history, Big Span has successfully installed over 500,000,000 ft² of structures globally. These range from sports complexes and stadiums to cultural venues, hangars, amphitheaters, containment facilities, industrial complexes, shopping retail centers, hotels, airports, commercial buildings, and a wide variety of architectural accents and upgrades such as tensile facades, and walkways.
In appreciation of the fact that the best business investments are made in human capital and capabilities, Big Span employs a mixed staff of full-time employees and independent contractors, about 150 strong, with backgrounds, educations, and experiences from a multitude of different fields. We understand that experts must also be perpetual students in our field, therefore Big Span’s concept and design team are constantly researching the latest market trends and familiarizing ourselves with cutting-edge techniques. As a result, Big Span’s creative capability and state-of-the-art materials and techniques assure that we are completely unbound by conventional rules of geometry for self-supporting structures. What this means for Big Span’s customers is that, as we often say, “If you can imagine it, we can bring it to life.”
As part of Big Span’s ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility, we strive to use sustainable energy and materials wherever possible. Many of our structural architectural fabrics and films are 100% recyclable with ultra-low surface energy, providing optimal light transmission and UV / heat ablation.
Big Span engineers its tensile fabric structures to meet and exceed industry standards, including: ASI, NFPA 701, UBC, BOCA and other international building codes. Big Span fabrication facilities are proud members of the American Institute of Steel Construction.
In addition, thanks to our corporate philosophy based on the creation of alliances and global cooperation with industry leaders, Big Span Structures merges technology, knowledge and human resources among its allies in order to satisfy all our customers.