Sarasota Bradenton International Airport has announced that it will soon incorporate a series of facility improvement initiatives that the 73-year-old airport has launched in recent years. Three new PTFE fiberglass membrane canopy structures will be added to provide enhanced visual appeal and energy function to the airport’s baggage claim, ticketing and curbside areas. The airport has chosen Birdair to manage the design, fabrication and installation of the three membrane structures.
With LPA Group serving as the architect and engineer and Magnum Builders of Sarasota, Inc. serving as the general contractor, the renovated curbside canopies will feature a unique, modern design and aesthetic featuring Birdair’s PTFE fiberglass membrane. Birdair will provide the design, fabrication and installation of the structural steel, PTFE membrane and structure cables for the three barrel vault shaped canopies.
The new canopy system will feature approximately 8,800 square feet of the membrane. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2016 and will be accentuated by enhanced roadway lighting, in-pavement warning lights, new canopy lighting, landscaping, milling, signing and pavement markings.
“Our products are often chosen for many transportation projects like this one due to the many benefits of tensile architecture and were happy to have been selected for this project,” said Thomas Connell, Business Development Manager for Birdair. “Incorporating our PTFE membrane should help assist Sarasota Bradenton International Airport in advancing into a new era of transportation facility design.