Special structures require engineering creativity to realize their designers’ vision. We provide advanced analysis and design for complex and lightweight structures that incorporate challenging geometries and materials.
Some special structures are stand-alone projects: a sculpture, lightweight pavilion or a paper bridge. Others are components of larger, more conventional projects, such as a glass staircase or lightweight canopy. And some call for kinetic engineering for moveable components, such as retractable roofs or pivoting doors. All require unconventional analysis or construction approaches to achieve very specific aesthetic and performance criteria.
Our engineers and computational designers work collaboratively with architects, uniting imaginative design with leading-edge modeling and analysis to invent artful solutions to the complexities of these projects.
Our expertise in special structures includes: tensile membrane structures; cable-net and tensegrity structures; lightweight structures; sculptures and artwork; movable structures; temporary structures; pedestrian bridges; composites; and materials research.
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