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BRIEFINGS

SWATCHES

Color-matched canopy

W

hen Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida in
2017, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
in Sarasota, Fla., was one of many buildings damaged.
In particular, the fabric of the hall's front canopy
needed to be replaced.
The new canopy needed to protect visitors from
inclement weather and complement the roof of the
main building, which features a distinctive seashell
design by William Wesley Peters, the late chief
architect at Taliesin Associated Architects of the
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Wright's sonin-law. The hall illustrates many of Wright's basic
architectural philosophies of nature and place, and
the building's purple and lavender color scheme was
suggested by Wright's wife, Olgivanna. Given the
building's architectural standing, the color of the
replacement canopy fabric was of utmost importance
to the client, along with long-term performance.
"In general, for fabric structures of all kinds,
whatever they're used for, the fabric has a 20- to
25-year lifespan, after which it needs to be replaced,
so there is a significant need for companies that can
go out and look at anybody's building and retrofit
and refurbish a new membrane cover," says Rick
Sharp, director of sales and project development
with Signature Structures LLC of Easton, Pa.,
the project management company chosen for the
canopy replacement.
After multiple visits to survey the hall and remove
what was left of the old fabric, Signature Structures
installed the new fabric-3820 FRLTC from Seaman
Corporation's Shelter-Rite Architectural Fabrics.
Seaman Corporation's ability to custom color match to
a specific shade of beige was a huge selling point for the
client because of the small amount of fabric needed.
"We actually had to do a significant amount of
hunting around to find a fabric that matched close
enough to what [the client] wanted," Sharp says.
Lightweight Manufacturing, Whitehall, Pa.,
provided fabrication services for the project,
which was completed in December 2019.
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