Birdair Work Shows Up In Staten Island Museum

August 23, 2012 Updated Aug 23, 2012 at 7:51 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

August 23, 2012 Updated Aug 23, 2012 at 7:51 AM EDT

New York City, NY (WKBW) - One of the central features and attractions to the Staten Island Children's Museum has a distinctly a local touch.

Amherst-based Birdair Inc. has constructed a 2,200-square-foot tensile fabric structure that covers an exhibit showing how it can collect solar energy to power low-voltage lighting. The exhibit is part of the recently-opened Meadow Structure that also features a Birdair-fabricated roof and steel cable system.

Birdair fabricated and supplied the roof system that supports the photovoltaic panels and allows the individual panels to be removed without disturbing the roof fabric and also provided technical supervision during installation.

"This is a breakthrough project in the world of tensile architecture and the first tensile structure to feature thin-film photovoltaic panels and Teflon-coated fabric membrane," said Birdair's Brian Dentinger. "The photovoltaic panels provide a seamless look for the Meadow Structure."

To date, Birdair has completed work on more than 1,300 tensile architecture installations worldwide.

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