November 25th, 2009
The new Hilton Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, features an entrance way made with more than 18,000 square feet of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastic's SHEERFILL® Architectural Membrane.
Functionally, the canopy shelters the facility’s main entrance, providing cover for hotel patrons. Aesthetically, the canopy system is designed to resemble a clamshell, lending a distinct look to this location of the prominent hotel chain.
“The roof’s unique shape is further accentuated through the use of uplighting at night, creating a glowing effect,” explains Michael Grant, Project Manager for Birdair, which fabricated the entrance way.
SHEERFILL, manufactured at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics facility in Merrimack, New Hampshire, is the first ENERGY STAR® qualified and Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) certified architectural fabric membrane. As an ENERGY STAR product, SHEERFILL can help lower air conditioning requirements in buildings, reducing peak cooling demand by 10 to15 percent.
Construction on the Hilton Orlando began in 2006 and was completed this year.