Fabric Structure, Tent, Fabric Structure, Tent

by Sam Armijos

I’m often reminded of that famous scene in the movie Chinatown, when Faye Dunaway is being slapped by Jack Nicholson as she replies “Sister, Daughter, Sister, Daughter” only to finally reply at the end, “She’s my Sister AND My daughter”.

People sometimes ask for “tents” and we reply “fabric structure“. Sometimes we make out our designs to be “fabric structures” when in reality they are simply tents.

Fabric structures are tents, awnings, canopies, membrane structures, umbrellas or any light weight structure made with fabric.

Regardless of the term used, these structures need to be engineered to code and built to last AND designed AND fabricated AND installed for YOUR application and criteria.

Ask yourself these questions before you begin your process:

1. What is the purpose of your structure?

That’s so important. You need to know WHAT you want and WHY you want it.

2. What is your budget?

Can I give you a secret?

Take the plan area of your space and multiply it by $100/sf for starters.

That’s reality to design, engineer, fabricate and install a custom fabric structure, tent, umbrella, whatever you want to call it.

If that’s within your budget, great, take the next step.

If its not, you can do a couple of things:

  • Decrease your plan area
  • Look at standard products (I got plenty I can show you. Some of them may be the perfect solution)
  • Ask me for my advice:)





One response to “Fabric Structure, Tent, Fabric Structure, Tent

  1. I love China Town, great piece of film.

    And ahhh yes, nomenclature. Tensile membrane, fabric structure, tension structure…tent, awning, canopy. Call it what you want – just don’t call me late to bid 🙂

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