Location: San Antonio, Texas
The Chism Company received an IFAI Award of Excellence for its Main Plaza Envisions Vibrancy, Shade project. Recognized in the competition’s Exterior Shades category, the colorful fabric structures serve as lightweight shading devices during outdoor, musical events for Main Plaza. At the heart of city, the Main Plaza Conservancy envisioned the fabric structures as a vital piece of a re-development focused on the vibrant culture, colors and language of San Antonio. Inviting for citizens and tourists, Main Plaza needed full shade over sitting areas and musical stages.
Fabrication difficulties included utilizing 3-D design software to create hundreds of different fabric panels, each with a unique dimension and shape to accurately fit the curved, multiplane steel columns and cross beams. In respecting the historic Main Plaza area, installation presented several challenges such as on-site welding of steel columns and horizontal members, avoiding water fountains and stone pavers and ensuring the safety of employees and visitors in the busy plaza.
Overall, the fabric structures are a vital shade solution for Main Plaza, while encouraging San Antonians to savor the sights and sounds of culture.
Fabric: Ferrari 502
Design: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Architect: Debra J. Dockery Architects
Engineer: Luis S. Farakalas, P.E.
Fabrication: The Chism Company
Installation: The Chism Company
Material Selection: Ferrari 502
Serge Ferrari North America Inc.
Contact: Steve Fredrickson
The Chism Co. Inc.
Contact: Roy Chism