Structurflex Honored with Outstanding Achievement Award for Frame-Supported Structures by Industrial Fabrics Association International

30 Oct, 2015 – Structurflex, one of the world’s leading producers of fabric architecture, was recently recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award for Frame-Supported Structures for work on Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“It is always an honor to receive accolades, but we are especially honored to have received two awards from an organization as prestigious as the Industrial Fabrics Association International. We are very proud of our work on the Corinthians Arena project in particular, as it was a complex, large-scale undertaking that served an integral part in the 2014 World Cup. We were happy to help create a stadium for Brazil’s most popular sports brand, one that will leave a lasting impression on Corinthians fans and soccer fans worldwide,” said Paul Snustead, Business Development and Design Manager at Structurflex.

To complete the project, Structurflex partnered with fabric supplier and producer Ferrari S.A., engineer Werner Sobek, and Architect Anibal Continho, with Structurflex spearheading subcontracting, installation, and project management. The Arena site, located on the east side of Sao Paulo, was converted from a toxic industrial facility to a world class soccer and event space seating 48,000 to 68,000 people that hosted the opening ceremony of 2014’s World Cup. With an objective to create a state-of-the-art sports facility for Brazil’s largest and most renowned soccer team, The Corinthians, Structurflex provided a continuous smooth, thin, and lightweight PVC tensile membrane ceiling measuring 300,000 square foot [28,000 square meters] to visually conceal the roof structure and serve as a projection surface for opening ceremony events. As a fast track design build, the Corinthians project required coordination between several countries – five alone for the membrane portion of the project. Around-the-clock work commenced to ensure the highest quality performance in design, fabrication, and installation. To create a continuous smooth roof, Structurflex developed a custom extrusion, creating the illusion of a seamless panel transition. Installation of the ceiling membrane was particularly challenging; it had to occur from a net, upside down, to produce the desired effect.

In addition to the Outstanding Achievement Award for Frame-Supported Structures, Structurflex was recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award for Facades for work on Northwestern University’s Visitor’s Center in Chicago, IL.

About Structurflex

Among the world’s leading producers of fabric architecture, Structurflex has over 75 years experience in designing, manufacturing, and installing ETFE, PTFE, and PVC tensile membrane structures and tensile facades internationally. Their immense understanding of the intersections of engineering, construction, and architecture ensures high quality, precision, and functionality. Currently, the company has operations in New Zealand, the United States, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Brazil.

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About IAA

For more than six decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association whose over 1,600 member companies represent the growing international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace.

IFAI received a total of 293 entries from 11 countries that were submitted for 31 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area.

All entries receive prominent recognition at the IFAI Expo, the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas. Winners receive additional publicity through coverage in IFAI magazines and press releases distributed to media professionals.  

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