Design Assist

With the popularity and demand for tensioned fabric structures growing, PFEIFER finds itself welcoming new opportunities daily to collaborate early on with architects, engineers and owners in a method of design assist architecture.

With so many architectural styles and so many industries, architects and engineers may come a project with different backgrounds and expertise. Lightweight structure design is its own specialized field of architecture attracting industrial designers and architects who understand the fundamentals of shape, form and function and whose creativity and technical ability make them well-suited for the job.

As your design-assist partner, PFEIFER is here to help you take your concept from design to reality by providing advanced 3D-modeling and animation using proprietary software developed by our own people, and utilized industry-wide.

As the lightweight architecture industry’s leading experts, we can do more than just provide input on material options like cable, glass, wood, ETFE, PTFE, PVC, and HDPE. With design assistance from PFEIFER, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of working hand-in-hand with our in-house engineering team that through cost and budget analysis, may recommend alternative steel options and connection details for a value-engineered design that fulfills the design’s functional needs, is aesthetically pleasing and still meets cost requirements.

Wind and snow loads, snow guards, ice damns, gutters, electrical and other concerns are handled during the 3D modeling phase, and not out in the field where it could impact construction trades.

Our highly experienced team has developed many award-winning and critically acclaimed lightweight systems adorning some of the most dramatic and monumental projects built in the new millennium including stadiums, airports, amphitheaters, resorts, transit centers, and hospitals. Because each lightweight system is a one-of-a-kind creation from an architect’s imagination, the possibilities are boundless.

AIA continuing education unit course anatomy of a tension structure

Architects, Learn About Fabric Structures & Earn An AIA CEU Credit

Take our Anatomy of a Tension Structure AIA-approved Continuing Education course which will earn you 1.00 HW LU upon successful completion of a short quiz at the end. This presentation will inform you on the design, forms and uses, available materials, components and details, and the design/build process for tensile membrane/tension fabric structures.

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