Tropical J's, Inc

Project Details

Fabric 1

Producer/Manufacturer: Serge Ferrari North America Inc.
Primary Use: Main Fabric

Engineer Name 1
Ian Robertson, PhD

Engineer Company 1
Ian Robertson, PhD

Design Name
Gary C Barnes, CDR, USN-Ret, MFC

Design Company
Tropical Js

Architect Name
Anthony G. Lamell

Architect Company

Fabrication Name
Tropical Js

Fabrication Company
Tropical Js

Subcontractor Name

Subcontractor Company

Graphics Name

Graphics Company

Project Manager Name

Project Manager Company
Stellar Architectural and Engineering Group

Installation Name
MCCS Wiki Wiki Marine Mart

Installation Company
Tropical Js

Please describe the project specifications

Client requested a 32ft wide x 13ft canopy over a lanai attached to a mini-mart and food court on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station on Oahu, Hi. No detailed design provided but a conventional canopy was sketched without posts and non-fire retardant Sunbrella Awning/Marine Grade was specified in color red. Awning needed to be designed to a 105mph wind load and attached to an otherwise non-reinforced CMU (Concrete Block) wall. Canopy could be supported on sides by one full wall and one partial wall.

We designed, manufactured and installed a 32ft wide x 13ft cable tensioned canopy with no front truss and no posts using SergeFerrari Precontraint 502 fabric.

What is unique or complex about the project?

We took the project because this Marine Corps base is near and dear to our hearts. The requirement to meet a 105mph capable cantilevered awning with a 13ft cantilever hanging off a CMU wall presented a challenge. Although there were one full and one partial side walls we would have had to span 32ft across the front with no front trussed valance supported by posts. Even if we did a full trussed valance, we still would have needed a post on the right side to support the valance. The final solution was to require the general contractor to reinforce the rear wall with grout and additional rebar. We then design a series of plates along the inside of the wall to thru bolt the trussed rafters. In this way, each rafter would be self-supporting obviating the need for a front truss and post support system. In the end, we provided the marines a beautiful modern looking canopy that met the esthetic of the project.

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