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General information

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  • Location address
    Lincoln Park, Rhode Island
  • Location country
    United States
  • Name of the client/building owner
    BLB Investors
  • Function of building
    Entertainment & recreation
  • Degree of enclosure
    Hybrid structure
  • Climatic zone
    Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
  • Number of layers
  • Type of application of the membrane
  • Primary function of the tensile structure
    • Rain protection
    • Sun protection


The project consists of two large porte cocheres, one at each major entrance to the new facility. Both structures have three large masts supporting a pair of large PTFE fabric sails, and each entrance has six sails. The concept sounded simple, with three requirements: have large sails at the two main entrances to provide high impact way-finding; mimic the sails used as the state of Rhode Island's logo (one of the owners of the facility) and be striking, modern and light. The client's requirements, combined with the potential of very high wind and snow loads, made for a unique design challenge. These sails achieve a billowed form through a system of outer frames, curved ribs for shape, and bracing to connect sails to the mast and roof. The challenges were huge. All the steel was curved, making the “fish-mouth” connections of this size difficult to execute. The quality of the steel finishing and the fabric fixed edge needed to be perfect. The masts are topped with nautical beacons and the sails are up-lit from the roof providing “way-finding” day and night.

Description of the environmental conditions

Material of the cover

  • Type (code)
    Verseidag 18089

Main dimensions and form

  • Covered surface (m2)

Duration of use

  • Temporary or permanent structure

Involved companies