The characteristics of a tensile fabric structure are very different than traditional building
components. Flexible and lightweight materials are placed in tension, or combination of
tension and compression, to create shapes and designs not possible with traditional materials.
The freedom of form is really only confined by imagination and site conditions; and is why
tensile architecture is so embraced and utilized for large span roof systems, amphitheaters,
and shade structures to provide texture and a unique eye catching element..
Complex curvilinear shapes are more affordable and achievable with fabric, which can be cost
prohibitive to do with rigid materials. And, with an extremely high resistance to weather and
environmental stress and ability to meet building code requirements, tensile fabric structures
can last as long or longer.
The Signature Team designs structures to meet the clients’ vision while incorporating the underlining requirements of the project. Working with an
experienced company will streamline the entire design, fabrication and installation process, ensuring that the project is kept within the project
budget. Our services include building from existing structure systems to designing new systems from ground up. The use of a flexible PVC
membrane, cables and custom steel components allow for an endless array of shapes and forms available for a project. The drawings below
are examples of tensile systems we have designed.
When designing a tensile fabric structure, materials, the site location and size all play important roles in the final cost. The cost consists of
materials, design & engineering and final construction of the structure. The materials are typically comprised of three key elements—steel,
fabric and cables. Labor and the site location are also important factors which can affect the cost and should be incorporated at the design
The first step in designing a tensile fabric structure is a site visit or detailed review of
photographs where the structure will be located. Per the site location and client requirements,
we design the optimal roof form which suits the aesthetics and engineering requirement, while
keeping in mind the client’s budget. In the case of a reskin or roof replacement, we evaluate the
structural elements to define what can be recycled and what needs to be replaced, as well as
location and set up for a 3D survey. When working with existing structure components, a 3D survey
The membrane can be folded in a variety of methods
determined by the construction methodology to accommodate the easiest and most economical installation.
Upon completion, roof panels are packaged in special PE bags, a complete bill of materials is developed and
the components are prepared for loading and shipping.