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BELOW: Robert Lerner, AIA (left), Todd
Dalland and Colin Touhey became partners
about 10 years ago, forming Pvilion to take
flexible PV technology into new markets.

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Perspective: Colin Touhey, Pvilion

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very time you are building what
you think is a one-off project, you're
probably going to do something similar
a second time, a third time, a hundredth
time," says Colin Touhey, CEO of Pvilion, a
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company that designs
and manufactures lexible photovoltaic
(PV) solar fabric structures and products.
"Every time you are designing something,
think of it as a product. When you are
building one, think of how it would be to
build 100, because it will make building
one a lot simpler, and once you get to
number 100, you've started at a good
place. That's a big philosophy of ours-
that products start as prototypes that start
as one-off customer purchases."
Pvilion is the 10-year-old partnership
between Touhey, an electrical engineer,
and fabric structure industry veterans
Todd Dalland and Robert Lerner, AIA.
Dalland is a pioneering designer and

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inventor in the ield of lightweight
structures and a recipient of the Bruce
Wodetzki Award-the tent rental
industry's highest honor. Lerner has led
new technology development programs
involving lightweight, deployable structures for NASA, the U.S. Army and the
U.S. Air Force. The three connected when
Dalland and Lerner were working on
integrating photovoltaic cells with fabric
for the U.S. Department of Defense.
"Todd and Robert had started FTL
Solar and were making lexible PV fabric
products and structures for military,
tent rental and car park projects. Joining
them as a summer intern when I was in
college was an exciting opportunity for
me," Touhey says. With an eye toward
expanding into architectural, commercial
and consumer markets, the three became
partners and reformatted the business as
Pvilion in 2011.


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