Since 1973, the world's first permanent tensioned membrane roofing system has topped the Sports Science and Athletics Pavilion at the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA. Today, the design and functionality of the Birdair structure remains as innovative as it was 35 years ago.
Nicknamed the "Super Tents" by students, the Sports Science and Athletics Pavilion serves as a student service center complete with classrooms, conference rooms, and a basketball court, while its upper levels boast attractive exposed views of the roof. The building's curved roof design is comprised of four cone-shaped fabric membrane peaks jutting into the sky at slightly different angles, functioning as a highly durable, visually appealing addition to La Verne's campus.
The fabric's strength and resiliency have proven to be not only more aesthetically stimulating, but also a more economical roofing option than other conventional roofing materials. Though the Pavilion's interior has seen many renovations, the roof has been tested periodically over the years and has not required replacement of any kind.