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" At Rainier, the machine operator
first bends each tube and then tests
each tube for precision using a special
testing machine which captures the
tube centerline, " continues Duvall.
" The machine can also 'learn' from
the error to increase overall precision. "
The fabric patterning was done in
Mpanel to make sure the tubing and
fabric worked together; Rainier took
these fabric pattern documents and
prepared them for the cutting tables.

Production challenges
When Pfeifer FabriTec took on the
project, the original agreement was
that the work area in the main terminal
would be shut down so that the space
was free of other contractors and
subcontractors, Taylor says. " But due
to the tight construction schedule
for the entire terminal, it was kept
open. Which meant we had to bring
in different lift equipment that could
allow us to keep working. "
The work situation led to hardships
on the crew's safety and impediments
to efficiency, clearly practical liability
issues that Pfeifer FabriTec had to solve.
Installation was methodically
organized, working down the full
362-foot length of the main hallway
starting at one end. Once these
individual fins were assembled and
fitted with their unique fabric skin,
it was a matter of lifting them up to
their unique position. " The only way
to keep track of the more than 500
tensile fabric fins, " says Taylor, " was
to number mark at top and bottom
of the wall surfaces, each fin given a
number. The attachment points were
actually relatively simple hardware.
The key was to clearly put each fin in
its designated place. "
The toughest thing, according to
Taylor, was for the crew to keep each
fin clean. " The white fabric [Tweave®

from Gehring-Tricot] could easily
have gotten smudged in that work
zone with all the other construction
going on by the other trades. "

A beautiful finish
There are two more major phases
to the Salt Lake City Airport, with
Phase 2 to start next year. The team
of Rainier Display, Pfeifer FabriTec
and Duvall Design already has the
jump on the schedule. Phase 2 of the
fabric sculpture elements is already
done and in storage, waiting until the
construction of the smaller North
Concourse is ready to accept " Canyon
2.0. " Phase 3, the tunnel, will have
an 800-feet-long by 20-feet-wide
fabric ceiling constructed in a similar
manner as the two Canyon features
of tube and fabric skin.
The result is, " Like man,
beautiful! " says Taylor. " The lighting
(both daylight and colored night
lighting) really sets our project off. "
And as hinted earlier, the first phase
has proved to be a hit with both
travelers and the local community;
praise has been strongly noted in
newspapers and TV.
James Wines sums up the
importance of art and architecture
in concert with each other: " Public
art, architecture, landscape and
urban space can only become fully
integrated when their academic
definitions have been challenged,
their distinctions as separate entities
have been discarded, and it finally
becomes difficult to determine when
one art form begins and the other
ends. " That describes the Salt Lake
City International Airport project
to a tee.

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