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FEATURE

by Jeff Moravec

got
weather ?
WHEN IT COMES TO PROTECTING
STRUCTURES FROM THE ELEMENTS,
FABRIC HAS IT COVERED.

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abric serves an unending variety of needs, but sometimes overlooked
is its role in protecting us from the dangers of our natural world.
Here's a snapshot of several companies and their products that have
been designed to protect structures from the wrath of Mother Nature.

EXTREME COLD PROTECTION

Serge Ferrari, with its U.S. headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Fla., is known
globally for manufacturing highly durable composite materials for a variety
of uses and extreme conditions. But, according to Ilse Beterams, the company's
vice president of North America, "We also have one of the most adaptive and
experienced R&D teams that finds specific solutions for customers and, at the
same time, brings new innovations to the industry."
Two examples where Serge Ferrari met the expected extreme weather
demands of customers are a modular structure in Greenland and rolling
truck tarps in Canada.
According to Beterams, Serge Ferrari customer RUBB USA was awarded
a project to create a modular structure that could withstand some of the most
extreme conditions on the globe: the summit of the Greenland ice sheet.
"This temperature-controlled storage structure for the Greenland
Environmental Observatory, National Science Foundation, needed to
withstand temperatures from 14°F in summer to as low as -49°F in winter,"
explains Beterams. Because the area receives up to 120 inches of snowfall per
year, she says, the structure had to be durable enough to withstand regular
movement to keep it from being buried.

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