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Fabric canopies light up Staten Island Ferry Terminal

February 17th, 2015 / By: / Industry News

Twelve torch-shaped canopies glowing with diffused lights have made New York’s St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal a more functional–and beautiful–commuter experience. The ferry transports 22 million people per year between Staten Island and Manhattan, but the St. George Staten Island Esplanade was showing its age, and the New York City Department of Transportation sought a more functional upgrade.

Sefar Inc.’s Tenara® fabric has a 40 percent light transmission rate that provides translucency, while remaining inert and highly resistant to blemishing and degradation. Photos: FTL Design Engineering Studio.
Sefar Inc.’s Tenara® fabric has a 40 percent light transmission rate that provides translucency, while remaining inert and highly resistant to blemishing and degradation. Photos: FTL Design Engineering Studio.

FTL Design Engineering Studio, New York, N.Y., worked with Leni Schwendinger Light Projects Ltd., New York, N.Y., to incorporate induction lamps (used for bridge lighting) that could be traded out from the Esplanade, and a canopy design that would make the most of the improved illumination. In the design stage, numerous mock-ups put various materials to the “let there be light” test, and Tenara®, from Sefar Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., was the winner, excelling in translucency, color temperature and resilience.

Eventscape Inc., a custom architectural fabricator located in Toronto, Canada, installed Tenara 4T40HF fabric, woven from ePTFE yarn and coated with PTFE, around the center “cone” of each of the 12 light canopy frames. Multiple layers accommodate the shape of the canopy frames and provide added reinforcement at its most-tensioned spot—the center post. The membrane, attached to the top of the frame and pulled down with a “bale ring” to tension the surface, allows the fabric ring to be raised to replace the lamps.

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