SUMMERFIELD, FL (December 7, 2020) – Big Span Structures, a leader in concept-to-completion solutions for signature lightweight tensile membrane structures, has completed a new PTFE-coated fiberglass tensile membrane canopy installation at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Fla.
The largest equestrian complex in the United States, Ocala’s World Equestrian Center features four climate-controlled indoor arenas and 22 outdoor horse show arenas, including the Grand Arena where Big Span’s PTFE fiberglass material was specified. The centerpiece of the facility, the Grand Arena is a 145,000 square foot venue that serves as a hub for equestrian events on an international scale.
Big Span’s two identical PTFE tensioned membrane open-air structures on both ends of the Grand Arena cover approximately 30,000 square feet to provide shade, light translucency and weather protection for spectators in the hot Florida sun.
“Ocala’s World Equestrian Center is one of the most renowned equestrian complexes in the world,” said Michele Taylor, business development manager, Big Span Structures. “It’s an honor for Big Span’s tensile membrane structures to be part of such a prominent destination and provide its spectators with weather protection and beautifully diffused natural daylighting at some of the sport’s biggest events.”
Big Span’s PTFE membrane consists of a woven fiberglass fabric, coated with Teflon®, making it Class “A” 100 percent non-combustible, extremely durable and weather-resistant with self-cleaning properties that resist molds, mildews, fungi and bacteria. Extensive solar property testing has shown that PTFE fiberglass membranes can carry as much as 73 percent solar reflectivity and provide an advantageous shading coefficient that can contribute to overall energy savings. The PTFE-coated fiberglass membrane has earned Energy Star and Cool Roof Rating Council certifications and has an expected design lifespan exceeding 30 years.
Working alongside Roberts Design, Inc. and Musco Sports Lighting, LLC, Big Span integrated a series of eight 100 foot long stadium light poles into its canopy design while resolving the reaction loads at the interface of Big Span’s steel framing systems and the base plates of the light poles. With cantilevered canopies on both sides of support columns, foundations were designed and engineered in accordance with the loads stemming from both the light poles and overall tensile membrane structure’s steel framing system.
“This project required much care, planning and coordination with the site team and with various suppliers of integrated essential accessories, such as lighting, speakers and fans into our steel framing systems to ensure overall installation success,” said Sergio Molina, senior project manager, Big Span Structures. “Thanks to our close partnership with Roberts Design, we were able to bring all of the pieces together and it’s been very rewarding to see the final product.”
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