Fabric Membrane Structure Summary:
  • This Structure Type Uses Steel Trusses to Hold a Fabric Membrane Roof
  • Foundations are Designed for Gravity, Uplift, Inward and Outward Shear
  • Structural Trade Off Exists Between Steel Trusses and Foundations
  • A Finite Element Analysis is Usually Required for Design
  • The Interior is usually Unheated and Unfinished
  • Buildings are Designed for Wind Loads, Snow Loads, and Seismic Loads
  • A Cabling or Bracing System is Required to Resist Long Direction Forces
  • Steel Trusses are Fabricated and Delivered in Sections
  • Great Care of Hoisting and Erection is Required
  • Cost Effective When Covering Large Areas With Large Clear Spans
390' x 520' Steel Truss Fabric Membrane Structure
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Fabric Shade Structures:
  • Small Decorative Structures Used Primarily to Provide Shade
  • Florida Building Code Allows a Breakaway Fabric Design
  • Steel Supports are Used to Stretch a Fabric Over an Area
  • Cables are Used to Tension the Fabric
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