En-Fold® Stadium-Grade Retractable Awning System Quickly Transforms Merriweather Post Pavilion

Elegant design solution allows for renovated venue to open on schedule
By: Uni-Systems
Merriweather Post Pavilion
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Minneapolis - Minnesota - US

MINNEAPOLIS - Feb. 5, 2019 - PRLog -- The Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD features an En-Fold® stadium-grade retractable awning system manufactured by Uni-Systems, LLC — the globally-recognized leader in the design, engineering, manufacture, and installation of large-scale kinetic architectural systems.

After a severe storm damaged the fixed roof of the entertainment venue during construction, Uni-Systems worked around the clock to install more than 10,000 square feet of its En-Fold retractable canopy in 22 days, complementing the re-design of the fixed roof and enabling the venue to open on schedule.

"The ease of use and seamless design of En-Fold help us make our venue more attractive, while letting us have better sunlight for complicated landscaping," says Brad Canfield, VP of Operations, Merriweather Post Pavilion. "The system was also customized to fit our project needs, which meant everything."

Originally designed by architect Frank Gehry and N. David O'Malley with the firm of Gehry, Walsh, and O'Malley, the Merriweather Post Pavilion first opened in 1967. Major renovations kicked off in 2014, and part of this project involved adapting the roof by raising it 20 feet to accommodate the new loge areas where the En-Fold system was incorporated.

Each loge canopy consists of two retractable En-Fold units, in total covering 10,560 square feet. The canopy units located closest to the stage measure approximately 36' long by 68' wide and support the retractable fabric canopy beneath four aluminum drive beams. The canopy units furthest from the stage measure approximately 34' long by 88' wide and support the retractable fabric canopy beneath five aluminum drive beams.

The En-Fold system's flexibility was also an asset to the renovated venue. "En-Fold has enhanced the space in such a way that we are able to host open air events on nice days but provide patrons quick cover to protect from the elements as needed," says Canfield.

En-Fold is the world's first and only pre-engineered, stadium-grade, fully-automated retractable awning system. It can safely remain fully deployed in winds up to 90 mph (115 mph ultimate wind speed in accordance with the 2015 IBC) and is available in a variety of configurations and sizes to fit any space

The project was completed via the Design-build process and the venue opened on schedule in May 2018. Costello Construction was the general contractor and installer. Architectural and design services were provided by JP2 Architects and Design Collective, and the engineer for the En-Fold system was GLR Engineers. The fabric fabricator was Lightweight Manufacturing, Inc.

For more information about En-Fold systems, visit:  https://www.uni-systems.com/

About Uni-Systems:

Uni-Systems is recognized as the leading designer and advocate of kinetic architecture, creating transformative, mechanized structures that change with climate, need or purpose. Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, Uni-Systems earned its reputation as a world-class leader in motion technology by profitably completing more than 120 projects for the military, aircraft, and entertainment industries over the last fifty years. For more information, visit: www.uni-systems.com

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