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Cranbury Corporate Park

Cranbury Corporate Park, New Jersey

Our custom fabricated aluminum vertical louvered sunshades added a cost efficient architectural element that met an aesthetic requirement for the concrete tilt up buildings.

Six custom fabricated aluminum vertical louvered sunshades, each measuring 52 ft. 5 1/2 in. wide plus 3 ft. 6 in. wide 90 degree return x 23 ft. tall, with twenty-three slanted horizontal louvers. The vertical members will be 4 x 12 rectangular aluminum tubing on the right and left ends, 2 x 12 rectangular aluminum tubing where panels are bolted together and custom manufactured tubes for the 90 degree returns. All vertical members received 12 in. x 4 in. aluminum airfoil louver extrusions. Each finished sunshade assembly is supported via return tubes with flange plates to the existing concrete building surface. All exposed aluminum surfaces are powder coat painted.  All sections were prefabricated and shipped to the site ready for wall attachment, allowing for a smooth efficient onsite installation process.

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Wild Carrot at Shaw Theatre

Wild Carrot at Shaw Theatre

Our custom designed LFS-FLA metal canopy for the entrance of the Shaw Theatre, presently under restoration as an events space called “Wild Carrot.”

Feature Page PhotoCustom fabricated LFS-FLA metal interlocking aluminum deck hanger rod lobby entrance canopy is showcased in this renovation project. Lawrence designed and installed a replicated marquee canopy of the 1915 historic Shaw Theater entrance canopy.

The LFS-FLA metal canopy measures 25′ 6″ wide x 1′ 4″ high x 9′ projection. The underneath side of the canopy consists of an aluminum tubing grid with a 1.75″ x 1.75″ aluminum channel welded in a spoke pattern from front to back creating recesses for future marquee lighting. Flush bottom mechanically attached sectional .125 aluminum sheet soffit bottom between recess light channels. Two ½” x 1 ½” aluminum accent bands and ½” thick “SHAW” white lettering on the face of the canopy.

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Detroit Little Caesars Arena

Detroit Little Caesars Arena

Detroit Little Caesars Arena

Detroit Little Caesars Arena

Custom fabricated LFS-FLCA metal canopies for the new Little Caesars Arena, a multi-purpose events arena in Midtown Detroit. A total of 19 canopies, 4 of them with hanger rod arms ranging in size from 15’6″ to 25′ wide x 6′ projections x 8″ tall. The remaining 15 canopies without hanger rod arms are supported by internal steel tubing ranging in size from 7’5 1/2″ wide x 4′ projection x 8″ tall to 16’11 1/2″ wide x 5′ projection x 8″ tall.

Canopies consist of a pre-welded 4 x 8 x .125 wall or a 4 x 12 x .125 wall, mill finish 6063-T6 aluminum gutter G fascia with a top and bottom flange frame. The canopies have custom fabricated downspouts for rain water drainage to protect the entrances from slip hazards.  Skinned in aluminum interlocking pans, aluminum sheet and steel corrugation.  The black Kynar metal finish coating on all canopies has a 20 -year warranty.

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Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum-“Panoramas of the City”

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“Panoramas of the City,” exhibit is now on view through Aug. 12, 2018 at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis’ Forest Park.  The display explores the city’s history from 1900 to 1950 through panoramic photographs. Seven images are blown up to life-size on backlit screens, depicting broad local history:  Veiled Prophet Parade, Charles Lindbergh Homecoming, Tornado Destruction on Page Avenue, League of Women Voters, Sportsman Park, Negro Rights League and the Riverfront.

Lawrence 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 visitors to immerse themselves in the scenes. The panoramic photos selected from museum archives were printed on backlit knit fabric and attached via SEG Extrusion to the interior perimeter of the light box frame along with LED lighting. All exposed aluminum was painted black.

In addition, Lawrence created and installed a Vinyl Mesh banner measuring 30’ wide by 15’H to greet the museum visitors. The exhibit entrance consists of a framed fabric hanging sign, dye sub print on knit fabric measuring 18’ wide by 3’ high. A current photo of the riverfront with the Arch was superimposed on an archived photo of an early 20th century St. Louis riverfront.

Adam Kloppe, a public historian at the museum and the head writer and researcher behind the exhibit stated “I think it’s presented in such a breathtaking way, in a way you’ve never seen photographs before and never seen St. Louis history before. The way they are presented really puts you in that moment in a way that a regular photograph can’t.”

The Lawrence Team is proud to be a part of helping the Missouri History Museum visitors experience St. Louis past in such a unique setting. Click here to experience a Virtual Tour of this amazing exhibit!

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Vicia Restaurant

Vicia Restaurant

The building that was being considered for the new Vicia restaurant was in a great traffic location but was not large enough. The owners needed additional seating to support their business model.

Lawrence custom fabricated and installed a trapezoid shaped patio enclosure system, measuring 1585 sq. ft, 71’ 6” wide at the building, largest projection 30’8”. The bottom of the canopy is 10’ off grade. Posts are 4” x 4” x ¼”, horizontal beams are 4” x 8” x ¼”. 15’ wide.

The restaurant sports an outdoor wood fire grill and rotisserie with a concrete block chimney in the center of the canopy. The concrete chimney was built around the substructure. For fire code issues, a standing seam roof covers 25% of the canopy over the chimney area and the more economical Ferrari 502 covers 75% of the new seating area.

The removable sidewall panels will provide more usable days within the year for comfortable dining than if the sides were left open. The return on investment for the canopy top only is 4 years and ROI for the sidewalls is 1.5 years. The owners are very pleased with the additional seating area and the unique, sleek dining atmosphere for customers. Vicia Website Check out our aerial video below:

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Z Loft Hotel Bar & Grill

Z Loft Hotel Bar & Grill

Patio Canopy Enclosure

The Z Loft Hotel Bar & Grill requested an enclosure for their existing spacious restaurant patio so guests could enjoy dining in during inclement weather year round. In addition they wanted to rent out the patio space for entertainment and private parties.

Lawrence custom fabricated and installed a patio canopy enclosure, measuring 29’ 6” wide by 34’ 6” projection, 5’ tall, consisting of 22 seasonal enclosure panels plus 2 framed fabric doors. Steel support posts are painted black and bolted to concrete pad via structural anchors. Aluminum canopy frames are all welded sections that mechanically fastened together onsite. Canopy attaches to the building and steel support posts are located along the perimeter of the canopy. Canopy frame and sidewall panel frames are unpainted mill finish aluminum. Front gutter was installed to channel all water run –off. Fire Retardant Fabric Ferrari 502-2157, color Aniseed to coordinate with existing patio décor and logo color. All main fabric seams are water tight welded vs. sewn with welded in clear vinyl windows.

The new canopy needed to tie into the building and existing standing seam metal canopy all while allowing for proper snow/rain run-off. The goal of keeping the patio area dry was achieved. The client was very pleased with how the canopy enclosure enhanced the overall look of the restaurant. The bright fabric color choice and unique design was a beautiful addition to the existing patio. Customers can stay dry and comfortable while dining or listening to music. The owner continues to receive compliments and revenue has increased with the private party rentals.

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Bass Pro Shop

Bass Pro Shop

The new Bass Pro Shop located in Memphis, Tennessee requested an eye catching custom Sunglass Hut specifically designed to replicate an old barn. The goal was to have this structure be the focal point of the store to promote their custom fit sunglasses.

Lawrence fabricated and installed a custom fabric interior commercial gable canopy structure, 46’ 6” wide x 46’ 6” wide x 30’ x 6” tall from the floor to top of the tower, 22’ from bottom of the awning to top of the tower and is covered with Ivory Sunbrella Firesist. Due to the massive size, the canopy structure was fabricated in 4 sections and transported to the site to be mechanically fastened together. The aluminum structure sections were attached to existing steel posts with the help of a large crane.

The top of the structure included an aluminum tower, 9’9” wide x 6’ 6” tall with windows that have 3MM clear acrylic sheets attached. One side of the structure included a truss frame to be able to support a 9’ 6” x 8’ illuminated sign by others that weighed 400lbs. Additional earthquake and engineering requirements were needed.

The client was extremely pleased with the stunning Sunglass Hut and how closely it resembled a barnlike structure. The store shoppers definitely gravitate to that part of the store which ultimately sells their custom made sunglasses.

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Mestizo Restaurant

Mestizo Restaurant

Retractable Canopy

Mestizo is a Mexican restaurant located in Leawood Kansas. The 2nd floor rooftop patio is reserved by groups for special events. The client requested a custom motorized retractable rooftop deck canopy with retractable top and sidewalls and clear vinyl windows covering 1,354 square feet of Mestizo’s outdoor dining patio.

There are 8 separate roof units made with Ferrari 502, Metallic Taupe and 11 roll up walls with BTF 19 Cooper fabric and 2 entry/exit doors. The roof and sidewalls can be opened or closed within 5 minutes using a motorized remote control system. The fully engineered canopy includes an internal gutter system, aluminum structure to prevent rusting, fire retardant fabric and all seams are welded (versus sewn).

This canopy system gives the ability to control individual sections of both the rooftop and sidewalls with a simple push of a button for changing weather conditions. Entire coverage of the patio allows for year round seating which will increase revenue.

The unique fabric roof system has an elegant look of a pergola when retracted. The fabric guiderail system is supported by a strong and durable integrated extruded aluminum structural rafter and column. The header and column framework feature the aesthetic appeal of a traditional pergola. The installation required all unit pieces to be lifted in by a crane onto the 2nd floor restaurant patio.

The client was very pleased with his newly added “retractable room” and how easy it is to operate. Customers can stay dry and comfortable in this beautiful addition to the large outdoor dining area.

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Southwestern Illinois College

Southwestern Illinois College

A new Student Union/Liberal Arts facility was built on the campus of Southwestern Illinois College with a mercantile area and an outside dining terrace. This tension structure provides weather protection and creates a comfortable relaxing atmosphere for the students. The client also requested that the fabric match the official school logo blue color.

Lawrence created a 5 panel interconnected-frame tension structure, 135’ x 35’, on 13 steel columns with Polyfab Architec 400 Aquamarine color HPDE fabric. The tension structure was designed to be installed on a 2nd floor roof deck.  The posts were installed in steel boots welded to the building structural members.  Engineering calculations directed the structure members have additional cross bracings. Provisions to prevent water seepage to the finished 1st floor level had to be addressed with running fabric roof membrane “boots” over 13 posts.

Undoubtedly, this dramatically striking fabric tension structure is eye catching over the entire college campus grounds. The lighted structure in the evenings proves to be a spectacular sight. The client and students are very happy to be able to utilize the outdoor seating in their new lounge area.

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Equifax Exhibit

Equifax Exhibit

The client sent a rendering of a similar structure and we recreated the drawing. Upon their approval, Lawrence engineered and fabricated the unit and shipped it to the trade show location into 1 crate, 4 x 4 x 8.

The sub structure is made of aluminum with a pillowcase style dye sub printed polyester covering. The awning pieces are supported by the central tower via cables and extend out over 10’. The awnings also contain wire management for the mood lighting during the event.

The unit is unusual because we had to match existing smaller kiosk pieces made of wood using printed fabric. The complexity of the design involved getting the cables to support awnings projecting approx. 15’ from the base unit without any ceiling support.

The client was very pleased that their exhibit was the highlight of the trade show. We have since worked with them on additional projects.