The City of Newport Beach commissioned BCJ Architects to design a new, iconic civic center that would match the surrounding community’s coastal lifestyle and beauty.  Eide Industries, Inc. worked closely with C.W. Driver (general contractors) throughout the design/build process to ensure the fabric structure exceeded the city and architect’s vision and expectations.

The new complex features a curved “sail” façade, made of TENARA® Fabric by SEFAR® Architecture, with a roofline formed like a wave on the main building.  For this ePTFE tensile structure to be successful, the signature “sail” shape had to be engineered to meet 90MPH wind speeds; while at the same time, not acting as a sail itself.  To finalize the fabric membrane patterns and steel frame anchoring of the non-symmetrical shape, the entire building and curtain wall structure was built with 3D modeling software and BIM graphics.

Eide completed the design refinement, manufacturing, and installation of the three-dimensional curtain wall for the newly-completed LEED Silver-Certified City Hall and Civic Center.  The Newport Beach Civic Center Project has since won the AIA Orange County Honor Award for Design, and AIA Orange County Members Choice Award.


  • 30’ High x 81’ Long Tensioned Fabric Curtain Wall Structure
  • Flame Retardant TENARA® Fabric 4T20 ePTFE made by SEFAR® Architecture
  • Engineered for 90MPH Wind Loads; Exposure “D”
  • Powder coated steel frame consists of varying sized vertical spines anchored to continuous horizontal parallel tubes and plates.