Miami Awning Co/Thomas Awnings Miami, FL

Project Details

Fabric 1

Producer: Serge Ferrari North America Inc.
Supplier: Trivantage LLC

Engineer Name 1
Cesar Castillo P.E.

Design Name
William Garvey / Federico Bordignon

Design Company
Miami Awning Company

Fabrication Company
Miami Awning Company

Project Manager Name
Federico Bordignon

Project Manager Company
Miami Awning Company

Installation Name
Daniel Reilly

Installation Company
Miami Awning Company

Please describe the project specifications

This project consists of multiple Iridium retractable canopy units installed over the patio area of a very popular restaurant. The overall dimensions of the space are 100’-2” x 18’-1”. There are (6) sets of retractable canopies installed over the existing trellis of an outdoor restaurant patio. (3) units are 16’-0” wide, (1) is 12’-9-1/2” wide, (1) is 10’-7-1/2” wide and the last unit is 23’-0” wide. All have an 18’-1” project except the 10’-7 ½” unit, which only projects 9’-10” because of a beautiful tree in the patio area. The fabric used for the project is Soltis W96 White. Soltis is translucent and allows for good light transmission during the day.

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?

The client has a great outdoor patio area for outdoor seating and a bar. The patio is covered with a very large wooden trellis over 100 feet long and projects 18’-4”, but it would lose revenue and customers whenever there would be rain, which is quite often during certain months of the year. They wanted a Weather and Shade solution that would give them the flexibility to open up the area when the weather was great or cover it when it would be too hot or rainy.

What is unique or complex about the project?

The biggest challenge was verifying if the existing trellis structure would be able to handle the loads of the retractable canopy system. After much back and forth with the engineer of the trellis and our engineer; it was finally decided by the client to go ahead with the project. Very detailed measurements had to be made to coordinate the canopies to the wall and the existing trellis. The anchorage for the canopy had to be drilled through the stone façade to get to the steel beam beyond. The awning is calibrated to retract automatically if wind speeds are in excess of 30 mph.

What were the results of the project?

The owner and staff love how the new retractable canopies provided the solution that they needed for their restaurant. Now they are able to use their outdoor bar and patio throughout the year, rain or shine. With their new retractable canopies, staff are able to leave some areas open to take advantage of great breezes and beautiful sky. The canopies make guests feel welcome, still giving a sense of openness and contribute to an unforgettable experience. Their outdoor area has always been a great choice for celebrating or relaxing with friends. With the canopies, now it can be any time of the year!

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