GuildWorks is thrilled that the U.S. Pavilion in Spokane, Washington has won sixteen international, national, and local awards honoring innovative design, illumination, and service as a community gathering space!
Among the awards are the highest levels of recognition offered from these prestigious organizations: Design-Build Institute of America’s Project of the Year 2020, the National Recreation and Park Association’s Innovative Design award winner, the Construction Management Association of America’s 2020 National Achievement Award and 2020 Project of the Year Award, Engineering News-Record’s Landscape/Urban Development Best Project, and the Illuminating Engineering Society International’s Award of Distinction for Outdoor Lighting Design 2020.
Spokane Mayor, Nadine Woodward, said “The U.S. Pavilion is the crowning glory of Riverfront Park, and is getting the recognition it deserves.”
Intended to be a temporary structure built for the Expo ‘74, GuildWorks was tasked with creating a new partial tensile array for the pavilion that would beautifully shade the ground where events take place. Initial designs involved building a separate structure but GuildWorks recommended using the existing Expo ‘74 historical cable net structure.
The historical cable net structure was extensively studied using modern, tensile structure, FEM software. Careful analysis showed that the iconic 1974 structure was not only well engineered and constructed for its time but that the work was quite impressive for predicting the overall shape without modern computing! GuildWorks was able to understand the existing structure, incorporate advanced engineering, and reverse-engineer the 46-year old cable structure.
The new shade array nestles into the existing structure with minimal intervention so as to preserve and enhance the existing geometry. Struts and cables hold seventy-two geometrical diamond membranes in a 3-dimensional shape, stabilizing the entire system and offering a unique visual experience year round. The array allows unobstructed views of LED light blades on the upper sections of the structure, as well. The elegant design array now provides shade and beauty to the new outdoor gathering and event space on the south side of the pavilion.
GuildWorks is proud to have worked closely with other team members and stakeholders on this distinguished project as we all reimagined this iconic structure, bringing it into the future while still honoring the past.
Whether you already have a design in mind or are seeking a full-scale design-build partner, GuildWorks can bring your visions to life.
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GuildWorks, CivicAlliance, BCorporation, and other businesses have joined to be 100% in #fordemocracy because we believe every American has a voice in our democracy, voting should be safe and accessible to all, and elections should be fair and transparent.
We, the undersigned:
• Call for safe access to the polls for all voters.
• Recognize state and local election officials as the trusted source for certified results.
• Encourage patience as officials count every vote.
• Reaffirm that election outcomes are determined by the will of voters.
America’s democracy is strong. Our strength lies in our people – each with the power to shape our country’s future. We celebrate the record number of Americans who are voting in this election. And, we thank poll workers, the essential workers for our democracy.
As our country carries out this historic election in the midst of a pandemic, we are confident that America will meet this moment and continue to serve as a beacon of freedom for the world. #fordemocracy
Who’s excited for Pickathon 2019?! We are! Since 2005 - that’s 14 years! - GuildWorks has been installing tensile fabric structures that provide beauty, shade, and flair to the popular Pickathon Music Festival. Beautifully hand-crafted and colorful, these massive canopies hover ethereally over the grounds.
Built by our world-class design and sky teams, Pickathon's Mountain Stage is one of the largest temporary festival tension structures in the world. Our designs have gone on to create permanent tension structures for places like SOMO Village and the iconic Riverfront Park Plaza Pavilion at the former 1974 World’s Fair site in Spokane, WA.
Installation began last week! Over 250,000 square feet of hand-dyed fabric, 12 miles of rope, 1000 linear feet of stage truss, 10 miles of tension lines, tens of thousands of pounds of tension and thousands of work hours go into building the stage and audience array.
We’ll be at the 21st Annual Pickathon, August 2-4 at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR. Come say hi...see you there!