Anatomy of a Tension Structure

The process of designing and building a tension structure
Sponsored by PFEIFER Structures

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the forms and uses of fabric structure design.
  2. Examine available materials, components, and hardware used in tensile architecture.
  3. Assess the fabrication and installation processes of fabric structures.
  4. Review case studies of different PTFE and PVC tension structures.

Credits:

AIA
1 AIA LU/Elective
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

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The Anatomy of a Tension Structure course provides instruction on common tensile membrane structure forms and uses, commonly used materials, components, and hardware, how structures are fabricated and installed, along with a few case study projects.

Anatomy

 

PFEIFER Structures PFEIFER Structures is an award-winning lightweight structure specialty contractor. We are industry leaders in the construction of custom tension fabric structures, screen façades, kinetic structures, tension cable curtain walls, building envelopes, and load monitored structures. Visit us at www.pfeifer-structures.com

 

Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in July 2019

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