SUMMERFIELD, FL (December 16, 2020) – Big Span Structures, a leader in concept-to-completion solutions for signature lightweight tensile membrane structures, recently completed work on a PVC air-supported tensile structure at the Randy Ross Tennis Center’s new location at Dove Valley in Denver, Colo.
A 58,000 square-foot and six-court indoor tennis air dome, the venue is a premiere tennis facility focused on providing elite instruction to players of all ages and abilities. Big Span provided design, fabrication and installation support to the new 133’ x 440’ PVC air-supported tensile structure that opened in September 2020.
“The brand new Randy Ross Tennis Center is a great outlet for tennis players across the Denver area to be able to enjoy the game they love at an indoor facility where they can escape the challenging weather elements that Denver is often faced with,” said German Buitrago, vice president of operations and co-owner of Big Span Structures. “Big Span is proud to provide a design-build PVC air dome structure which plays a part in helping to make the venue a year-round tennis destination.”
Big Span outfitted the tennis center with a beige colored PVC outer layer with an R30 insulation composite and blackout liner. Big Span’s PVC membrane’s flexible structural fabric is designed to provide protection from the environment while reducing net radiant heat retention to deliver the feeling of a cool interior temperature.
In addition, Big Span incorporated 150 tons of air conditioning along with 3 Million BTU of heated air into the inflation and pressurization equipment to maintain the 1.2 inches of static pressure required to meet local building code. Over 3,000 feet of 3/4” aircraft cables were used to support the design wind and snow loads as part of the design criteria dictated by the local building authorities. The means of entering and exiting the dome employ specially designed revolving doors combined with a handicap airlock system providing access to wheelchairs, thus making the dome fully handicapped compliant.
Air-supported structures offer tremendous cost savings, as well as significantly reduced construction lead times when compared to steel or other traditional construction methods. Durable, long-lasting, rapidly deployable and simple to maintain, air-supported fabric structures are constructed from high quality structural grade PVC fabric and always meet or exceed industry standards and building code requirements. Similarly, PVC membranes offer substantial cost savings compared with traditional construction materials and carry an expected design life of 10 to 20 years. With PVC membranes, inherent light transmission levels range from high translucency to total opacity.
For more information on Big Span’s tensioned membrane structures, tensile facades, air-supported fabric-clad structures and fabric pre-fab frames, visit bigspans.com.