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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • 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.