Transform Your Building's Appearance with a Tensile Façade System by Big Span
Tensile membrane structures have a signature visual character and give designers, architects, and engineers the ability to experiment with form and create new exciting solutions to conventional design problems. Some of the many natural applications for tensile architecture include tensile cable-supported domes, mast or flying mast-supported, arch-supported, radial conical designs, folded plate, and saddle roof structures.
These options may not only be free-standing but can also serve to expand the usable square footage of existing structures. Tensioned membrane structures by Big Span present an architecturally attractive method of spanning large distances without relying upon conventional geometric profiles, evenly-spaced visual obstructions such as columns, or other traditional design constraints. Using architectural fabrics like PTFE-coated fiberglass membrane, PVC membrane, or ETFE film, this construction method provides the creative architect with a great degree of design flexibility for enhanced visual appeal due to the very broad range of available dynamic shapes and curvatures.
Big Span’s tensile membrane structures have fulfilled such customer needs as stadium and athletic facilities, massive portable and permanent entertainment pavilions and amphitheaters, exposition and trade show center construction, retail centers, entry commercial atrium spaces, existing covered area expansion, transportation airport terminals, aesthetic enhancement of traditional designs, and a wide variety of additional applications.
Big Span Structures has an excellent track record of designing and building customized tensile membrane solutions for our client’s unique construction requirements.
We can develop the right solution for your unique construction needs, such as large clear span climate-controlled sites, traveling temporary and permanent pavilions, expo centers, temporary offices, retail spaces, auto dealership lot/inventory protection, showrooms, and airline terminals.
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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
- Steel Fabrication
- Membrane Fabrication
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 us to meet accelerated schedules and regulate production quality. As a full-service specialty contractor, these fabrication capabilities separate Big Span Structures from other U.S.-based companies.
Steel Fabrication Capabilities:
- Full In-House structural Frame Fabrication
- Cad Driven Automated CNC Plate & 3D Steel Pipe Cutting
- AWS Certified Welders
- 3rd Party Certified Weld Inspection & Reports
- In-House Sand Blasting & Painting Booths
Tensile Façade Installations By Big Span's Construction Team
With over 40 years of designing and building customized tensile membrane solutions for our client’s 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 the supporting structural steel framing and 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 Façade System
We offer aluminum extrusions in a stick-build version which allows us to directly attach the extrusions to the building façade or to a Big Span Structures supplied steel framing system, followed by the membrane installation.
Perimeter frame, no joints, all RF welded seams
Visible façade movement on a very windy day
Perimeter frame, some joints, and some RF welded seams
Light façade movement on a very windy day
Perimeter frame, all joints, no RF welded seams
Negligible façade movement on a very windy day