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2021 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Tensioned Awnings and Canopies
GuildWorks LLC
PORTLAND, ORE.
INTERVIEWEE
Mar C. Ricketts
Principal and founder
Project specs: The client wanted a multicolor,
multipiece installation with a minimal frame structure
that could provide summer shade on the southern side
of her house. The piece had to work around an existing
layout, which included a large metal sculpture. The
primary challenge was creating a simple structure with
minimal posts that could support the southern edge of
the building without touching it, but fit tightly against
the eave. That called for a multipiece tension fabric
installation with good shaping on a minimal frame
using Soltis 92 by Serge Ferrari.
How was this different from past projects? We've
mostly moved out of the residential marketplace but
had a relationship with this client through her business.
What were the unique, challenging and complex facets?
1. The client wanted multiple colors and multiple
pieces in a pretty small space, something that would
come only 10 to 12 feet off the house but include a lot
of design expression.
2. Although the tension structure created sizable loads,
we wanted to keep necessary details like hardware
on the upside, away from the viewer.
LESSONS LEARNED
" We were able to use some production details that
started with this project involving small and minimal
hardware and apply them to a larger-scale civic
project we're completing in Spokane, Wash. "
Mar C. Ricketts
GuildWorks LLC
3. We wanted this to look like it's flying right out from
the house, to duck over and under the roof line to
interplay with the house in a designed transition.
4. The client has a 10-by-4-foot fine art piece coming
up through a hole in the structure. During design
we had to integrate, go around and hold space for
that piece. We didn't want the space to feel overly
crowded, and we wanted to be able to see the piece
clearly, so we created sight lines.
What skills and knowledge were most important to
getting this done? Our VP and director of construction
Sebastian Collet comes from an architecture background,
and I come from architecture and engineering,
so we brainstormed on design along with our team.
Our in-house production facility tested and prototyped
all details to make sure this would really work.
Advice for fabricators dealing with similar
challenges? In earlier years, I was afraid I'd keep
losing money by overseeing every stage of a project,
but I've seen it pay off.
Michelle Miron is a freelance writer based in Hugo, Minn.
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