Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.

Project Details

Fabric 1

Ferrari Soltis Horizon 86
Producer/Manufacturer: Ferrari S.A.
Primary Use: Main Fabric

Engineer Name 1
Gary Foreman

Architect Company

Fabrication Company
Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.

Project Manager Name
Brian Moriarty

Project Manager Company
Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.

Installation Company
Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.

Please describe the project specifications

Fabricated and installed thirteen Fabric Shade Sails using Ferrari Soltis Horizon 86 Bamboo color. Five of which include sails with reinforced perimeter and D-rings on the corners. One connection point to have a pulley and rope to tie down to winch and cleat at ground level. Also includes a “follow” line to assist takedown from ground level. The other two connector points have quick link connections. All points can be tensioned from the ground using pullies and winches. Seven units were too high off the ground to remove for winter, so a “swag” design was utilized. The sails could be retracted to provide more direct sun for the primates during cooler times of the year and reduce any concerns with snow loads. Again utilizing, ropes, pulleys and winches.

The new Zoo Primate Canopy Trails Exhibit is a 35,000 square foot outdoor expansion to the Primate House. The first-of-its-kind primate habitat opened to the public on July 12, 2021. The Zoo wanted a venue to improve the health and well-being of primates by providing access to enriching outdoor habitats, sunshine, and fresh air. The guests can experience trails with climbing structures and tunnels all through a tree canopy, forest like setting.

The client requested a shading solution in certain areas of the canopy trail. Our Fabric Shade Sails provide shade, wind, and rain protection for the primates while they are enjoying their new outdoor habitat.

What is unique or complex about the project?

The project was more complex due to the zoo’s desire to be able to put up and take down (or retract on some units) from the ground. The topography of the landscape made it impossible to access with lifts and dangerous with ladders. There were also strict parameters for the amount of sun the primates need or don’t need to thrive.

Since the grand opening, the Exhibit has been extremely popular. This new Zoo attraction will bring visitors from far and near. The primates (and lemurs) are enjoying their new unique habitat.

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