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2018 International Achievement Awards

2018 International Achievement Awards

Award of Excellence – Freestanding Structures Category

Apartment poolside custom circular canopy structure measuring 22 feet in diameter. There are 2 circular frames fabricated in 4 sections each.  Framing is made of round aluminum tubing. Fabric is Regatta Sunbrella Firesist and framing painted Axalta Haze Gray. The outer ring has 4 fabric sections and the inner ring has 1 fabric section. Fabric is designed to be removed for winter months.

Outstanding Achievement – Other Structures Category

Custom fabricated radius awning lightbox system for the bottom of a new front entrance of a hospital expansion, consisting of 36 aluminum and fabric canopy light panel modules in 8’ wide sections. The panels are various shapes and sizes with a totaling of 2,800 square feet. Each module includes a welded aluminum tubing frame and aluminum tensioning extrusion FACID system with a tensioned translucent Ferrari 402 fabric, internal aluminum composite sheet back, a front edge trim section and a rear aluminum transition trim piece. All exposed trim work was painted.

Outstanding Achievement – Fabric Graphics Category

Custom fabricated and installed seven aluminum framed fabric radius backlit lightboxes 10’ high, 6” deep ranging from 27’ to 39’ wide.  These backlit screen structures displaying the giant panoramas are curved, partly to minimize distortions but also to allow History Museum visitors to immerse themselves in the scenes. The panoramic photos selected from museum archives were printed on backlit knit fabric and attached via aluminum extrusion to the interior perimeter of the light box frame along with LED lighting. All exposed aluminum was painted black.

Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area. For photos and a detailed project description of all winners click here.

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2017 International Achievement Awards

2017 International Achievement Awards

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. was recognized with the 2017 International Achievement Award (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications.

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures received an Award of Excellence for its Maggie McFly’s project. The project was recognized in the competition’s Fabric Graphics category.

For seven decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association who’s over 1,600-member companies represent the growing international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace.

IFAI received a total of 235 entries from 11 countries that were submitted for 42 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area.

All entries receive prominent recognition at the IFAI Expo, the largest specialty fabrics tradeshow in the Americas. Winners receive additional publicity through coverage in IFAI magazines and press releases distributed to media professionals.

For photos and a detailed project description, visit www.iaa.ifai.com.

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2017 MWFPA Zone Conference Project Awards- Feb. 3, 2017

Craftsmanship Awards Won at the 2017 Zone Conference

1st Place-Single Family

Custom fabric radiused and sloped cantilevered canopy for the patio area. The fabric is Stam 6002 Forest Green and measures 21’ diameter x 8’ projection. Canopy frame is 1×4 .125 and 2×4 .125, 6061-T6 welded aluminum tubing and 6×6 .1875 steel tubing painted Forest Green. The steel posts are anchored to concrete piers.

2nd Place- Multiple Family-Bethesda Senior Living

Custom motorized retractable canopy system for a 3rd floor senior living facility patio area. The unit is 34’ 11” wide x 15’ 8” projection, fabricated with Naizil PVC 038 Sand and is operated with a remote. The frame is brown with an internal gutter system. The unit required structural self-threading bolts for base plates and wedge bolts into precast concrete. This canopy system allows for control of various coverage needs for shade/ wind/rain during all seasons.

1st Place- Commercial Awnings & Canopies- Under 30 Linear Ft- Mid City Dental

Unique Gable designed stairway canopy, fabricated in 3 sections, measuring 10’6” wide x 6’ projection at the top and 4’ wide x 18’ projection at the stairs. All framing is 1”x 1” x.075” and 1”x 2” x.100” unpainted aluminum tubing. Framing for post attachment is 2”x 2” x.100”. There are (6) 2”x 2”x11” galvanized steel posts painted Axalta #3735 Brown. The fabric is Sattler #314 043 UV80 Fresh & Crisp.

1st Place-Commercial Awnings & Canopies Over 30 Linear Ft- Crestview School

Custom fabricated cantilevered arched canopy measuring 55 ft. 3 in. wide x 15 ft. projection. Fabric is Mesh Awntex 160 EFS Winter Wheat. Aluminum framework supported fabric, consisting of 6” x 6 x ½” aluminum tube and 2” x 3” x 1/8” and 3” x 3” x 3/8” aluminum tubing. Rafters/purlins are mechanically attached and supported via six 8’ x 8’ x 3/8” steel tubing support posts with bolt-down flange plates and a 6 x 8 horizontal steel tubing support beam spanning the width from post to post. All exposed steel was hot dipped galvanized then painted semi-gloss black and all aluminum surfaces were painted semi-gloss black. This large shade canopy was designed to provide sun protection for middle school swimmers, coaches and spectators. The fabric is designed and fabricated to be removed for the winter months.

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1st Place-Interior Awnings & Design- Sunbelle

Modular structure is 15’-8” x 12’-8” x 16’-0” tall, approximately 375 sq. ft. of graphic print and 330 sq. ft. of unprinted Acoustical Batyline fabric.  Exterior panels are dye sub single sided print on 9oz Poly Knit fabric (Opaque) and connected via Aluminum Extrusion.  The interior walls are Acoustical Batyline Fabric (unprinted) attached via Aluminum Extrusion and designed to absorb ambient sound.  Structure fabric panels are approximately 4′ x 5′ and the soffit is unprinted white 9oz Poly Knit Fabric with allowance for internal mounted lights.  Decorative exterior support arms are constructed from waterjet cut, custom break formed aluminum, with 4 framed oval graphic printed signs on backlit poly knit fabric. The L-Shaped structure is 8’-5” x 8’-5” x 12’-0” tall, approximately 43 sq. ft. of unprinted poly knit fabric. The upper post structure is custom framed fabric overlay panels and stand-alone backlit fabric oval signage on posts to tie into the provided bottom cabinetry.

1st Place-Industrial- Waterway Car Wash

Framed fabric ceiling acoustical panels (6) 8′ x 20′ for the interior waiting lobby area of a car wash. The frame is constructed using 1″ x 2″ aluminum rectangle frame staple grove tubing. The fabric is Serge Ferrari Baytline AW Acoustical, 2 fabric panels are digitally printed white, navy and 2 light blue to match the company logo colors. All panels are stapled to the aluminum frames. Panels are hung via eye bolts and aircraft cable. The design provided an aesthetically pleasing solution to help control the sound bouncing off the glass in the lobby area resulting from the car wash equipment. In addition, the acoustic panels were fabricated to house lighting and promotional signage.

1st Place-New & Unusual- Heartland Pharmacy

Unique tear drop shaped decorative domes on top of 2 stair cases for a 2-level retail strip mall. Both domes are 13’ 10” tall x 16’ 4 ¾” diameter at their widest points. Frames were made in 4 sections attached together with screws and bolts. Four different color Awnex fabrics on both domes consisted of a triangular pattern of dark blue, corporate red, dark green and yellow.

2nd Place-Fabric Graphics- Worldwide Technology

Rectangular fabric hanging sign, 27’ x 14’ x 6’, double sided dye sub print on 9 oz. with blocker and zipper closure on top. Framework is 2” aluminum tubing. Frames are fabricated to break-down and fit in a crate for shipping. Two wall mounted framed banners, 144” wide x 92” high. Single sided dye sub print on 9 oz. with no blocker sewn with gasket in all edges to mate with aluminum extrusion.

1st Place-Fabric Structures-Fire ‘n’ Smoke

Restaurant patio tension fabric shade sail structure, measuring 16’wide x 15’ 6” projection designed for snow loads to remain installed year-round. Three shade sail panels fabricated with Ferrari 502 Black 8450, mounted to existing horizontal steel on the building. Four vertical steel posts were added, 6” x 6” x .250” with 14” x 14” x ¾” thick steel base plates, and seven horizontal 4” x 4” x .250” steel purlin beams. Reinforced concrete piers 24” x 24” x 5’-9” deep were required. All steel framing painted black.

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2016 International Achievement Awards

2016 International Achievement Awards


Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. was recognized at the 2016 IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Expo with 2 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications.

Lawrence received an Award of Excellence for its Sigma Aldrich Manufacturing project, recognized in the competition’s Commercial Awnings & Canopies (>1000 Square Feet) category. The University of Iowa Dental Science Building project received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Exterior Shades & Screens category.

All entries receive prominent recognition at the IFAI Expo, the largest specialty fabrics tradeshow in America. Winners receive additional publicity through coverage in IFAI magazines and press releases distributed to media professionals.

For more than six decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), a not-for-profit trade association who’s over 1,600 member companies represent the growing international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace.

IFAI received a total of 296 entries from 10 countries that were submitted for 42 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area.
For photos and a detailed project description of all winners click here.

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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Celebrates 75th Anniversary

It all began on May 16, 1941, when Lawrence Canvas Products Company opened it’s doors for manufacture and sale of tarpaulins, truck and trailer covers. In 1984, the company grew from just industrial fabric products to a full service company, manufacturing and installing awnings and tents. In 1996, the name of the company changed to Lawrence Fabric Structures to better describe the wide range of fabric products that anchored the core business as they moved into a 68,000 sq. ft. plant, located in West St. Louis County.

As the company continued to grow into the 21st Century with the addition of exhibit and architectural elements, metal products became an essential part of the business. As metal components and metal awnings became a mainstay part of the business, “Metal” was added to the name, thus becoming Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures in January of 2010.

On December 5, 2012 we earned ISO 9001 certification from Alliance International Registrar LLC for successfully implementing a management system. ISO (International Standards Organization) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. On December 4th, 2015 we received our re-certification ISO 9001 that will continue through Dec 3, 2018.

As of October 21, 2015 Lawrence is now owned by the employees. Lawrence employees have always provided great service and quality to our customers. This EMPLOYEE STOCK OWNERSHIP PLAN (ESOP) will promote continued success and customer satisfaction.

“We at Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures are thankful to our many customers for making this anniversary possible,” said President Mike Bowman. “Their feedback has shaped our company and their faith in our ability has sustained us. We look forward to continuing to serve our valued customers for many years to come.”

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2015 International Achievement Awards

2015 International Achievement Awards

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. was recognized at the 2015 IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Expo with 3 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications.

Lawrence received an Outstanding Achievement Award for its Circle 7 Ranch project, recognized in the competition’s Commercial Awnings & Canopies (1000-2000 Square Feet) category. The Des Moines Municipal Services project received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Exterior Shades & Screens category. In addition, the Polar Bear Point Exhibit received an Outstanding Achievement award for the Shade Sails category.

IFAI received a total of 292 entries from 11 countries that were submitted for 32 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area.

For photos and a detailed project description of all winners click here.

Lawrence Outstanding Specialty Contractor

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA)

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA)

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council announced the winners of its Masquerade Ball Awards Gala on April 11th. The ASA Midwest Council hosted 375 people at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown St. Louis for the annual event. The 4 categories of awards were, General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Subcontractor, Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor and Service Provider/Supplier of the Year.

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc. won the Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor of the Year Award. There were 2 divisions in the category based on annual sales. In our annual sales category, there were a total of 8 nominees. The judging was based on bid ethics and practice, safety policy and practices, jobsite supervision, communication, scheduling, coordination, project relations, administrative procedures/paperwork and quality workmanship. Past nominees and previous general contractor award winners submitted nominations for the subcontractor categories, which were voted on by previous general contract winners.

ASA President Robert Trask stated, “Our Awards Gala is about celebrating excellence. The winners of this year truly exemplify excellence in construction. They stand as shining examples of what is possible when a project team works in unison towards their common goal.”

“This award was won by quality products and excellent customer service and support. I congratulate each one of the Lawrence employees for winning the Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor in the St. Louis Region. The Lawrence Team shines through every day” said Jerry Grimaud, Owner and President of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.

To learn about other category winners click to this St. Louis Construction News & Review E-Newsletter article:
http://www.stlouiscnr.com/departments/article/asa_midwest_council_announces_masquerade_ball_awards_gala_winners_on_april_/

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2014 International Achievement Awards

2014 International Achievement Awards

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Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures was recognized with two 2014 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, that took place Oct. 14 at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lawrence received an Outstanding Achievement Award for its Savannah Grille project. The project was recognized in the competition’s Commercial Awnings and Canopies, Less Than 93 Square Meters (1000 Square Feet) category.

In addition, Lawrence received an Outstanding Achievement Award for its Washington University Parking Garage Screen Panels. The project was recognized in the competition’s Exterior Shades and Screens category.

IFAI received a total of 235 entries from 12 countries that were submitted for 27 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals.

For more than six decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association whose 1,600 member companies represent the growing, $130 billion-plus dollar international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace.

All entries receive prominent recognition at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and the Advanced Textiles Expo, the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas. For photos and a detailed project descriptions of the winners available here.

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2013 International Achievement Awards

2013 International Achievement Awards

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures was recognized with three 2013 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, that took place Oct. 24 at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Lawrence received Outstanding Achievement Awards for its Clayton on The Park project and Southwestern Illinois project in the Shade Structure category. In addition, their Cupples Building/Flying Saucer Restaurant project received an Outstanding Achievement Award in the Commercial Awnings & Canopies (less than 900 square feet) category.

IFAI received a total of 236 entries from 13 countries that were submitted for 29 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area.

All entries receive prominent recognition at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas. Entrants receive additional publicity through coverage in IFAI magazines and press releases distributed to media professionals.

For more than six decades, IAA has recognized excellence in design and innovation, highlighting truly spectacular work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. The goal of IAA is to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications ranging in size and type.

The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association whose 1,800 member companies represent the international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace. Photos and detailed project descriptions of the winners available here

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2012 International Achievement Awards

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.was recognized with three 2012 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, that took place Nov. 7 at the IFAI Expo Americas 2012, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass.

Lawrence received an Award of Excellence for its St. Louis Science Center project. The project was recognized in the competition’s Fabric Graphics category. In addition, two Outstanding Achievement Awards were received for the St. Louis Zoo Sea Lion Arena and Mark’s Park Amphitheatre projects. These projects were recognized in the competition’s Tensile Structures, Under 6458 square feet and the Free- Standing, Under 1205 square feet categories.

IFAI received a total of 335 entries from 14 countries that were submitted for 30 categories in this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were chosen for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area.

The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association whose 2,000 member companies represent the international specialty fabrics marketplace. Photos and detailed project descriptions of the winners are available Here.