Transform Your Building's Appearance with a Tensile Façade System by Big Span

Tensile membrane facades are an excellent answer for any building owner looking to create a building envelope system that’s not only eye-catching but also durable and cost effective compared to traditional building products. Due to the lightweight flexible nature of membrane, a tensile fabric façade can span long distances while reducing the need for a lot of structural steel support framing making it an affordable and innovative solution. Such fabrics like PTFE or PVC membrane are ideal on large structures like stadiums or parking garages using the same technology as tensile fabric overhead roofing canopies, or, with transparent ETFE cushions or a single layer ETFE system. PTFE and PVC membranes are both available in a solid or mesh format. The life expectancy for PVC membranes range anywhere from 10 - 20 years and 30+ years for PTFE-coated fiberglass membrane and ETFE film.

Advantages of Tensile Membrane Facades
  • Decrease Solar Heat Gain
  • Flexible Design Aesthetics
  • Retrofit Existing Buildings
  • Durable and sustainable
  • Long Span Capabilities
  • Cost Effective Solutions
  • Natural Light Translucency
  • Air Ventilation with Mesh Fabrics
  • Mesh or Clear Fabrics Offer Outward Visibility
  • Digital Printing Graphics available for PVC Membranes or ETFE film
  • 100% recyclable* (depending on the type of membrane used)
  • Non-combustible fabrics available
Delivering High-Quality Structures, Our Turn-Key Services Include:
  • Design Assist & Cost Budgeting
  • Product Recommendations
  • Engineering
  • Steel Fabrication
  • Membrane Fabrication
  • Installation /Construction
  • Maintenance

Big Span Steel & Membrane Fabrication
For Tensile Facades

Big Span is committed to manufacturing high quality steel and membrane fabrication for our design-build tensile facade systems. With in-house manufacturing facilities located in North America, Big Span offers over 70,000 sq. ft. combined capacity allowing to meet accelerated schedules and regulate production quality. As a full-service specialty contractor, these fabrication capabilities separates Big Span Structures from other U.S. based companies.

Steel Fabrication Capabilities:
  • Full In-House structural Frame Frabication
  • Cad Driven Automated CNC Plate & 3D Steel Pipe Cutting
  • AWS Certified Welders

  • 3rd Party Certified Weld Inspection & Reports
  • In-House Sand Blasting & Paiting Booths

Tensile Facade Installations By
Big Span's Constructions Team

With over 40 years of designing and building customized tensile membrane solutions for our clients’ unique construction requirements, our installation crew at Big Span Structures offers some of the most experienced, well-qualified and dedicated construction specialists in the business. For both the supporting structural steel framing as well as the fabric membrane, Big Span’s construction team will develop construction methodologies, coordinate erection procedures and provide a detailed installation schedule for your next tensile membrane facade project.

Connection Profiles Offer A
Streamlined Tensile Facade System

We offer aluminum extrusions in a stick-build version which allows to directly attach the extrusions to the building facade or to a Big Span Structures supplied steel framing system, followed by the fabric installation.