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History in the Making: Temporary Fabric Structure Innovations, Part 2

In 2007, Mahaffey installed the world’s tallest clearspan structure to cover a 777 jet.

Over the course of our 94-year history, Mahaffey has developed a legacy of innovation by tackling our customers’ problems with state-of-the art ideas and solutions. These innovations have also become meaningful industry contributions. In Part 1 of this series, we shared Mahaffey’s breakthrough solutions from our first five decades, like the development of the first mechanical post driver.

As a more recent example, in 1999 Mahaffey was the first to use insulated guardian steel sidewalls on temporary fabric structures. This design—first used on an on-location movie set—was a solution for our client’s unique security needs. Today, many of our competitors mimic this ingenious hard wall approach. 

In Part 2 of this series, learn about Mahaffey’s game-changing innovations over the past four decades, each custom-designed to address the unique needs and ever-arising challenges of our customers.

Topics: Construction and Maintenance Covers Entertainment and Events Clearspan Fabric Structure

Expert Q&A: The Science of Anchoring Fabric Buildings, Part 2 

In our first blog in this series, we shared with you an introduction to the engineering behind anchoring temporary structures. This anchoring is powerful enough to cover your most critical long- or short-term operations—ensuring structure integrity and stability you can count on.

A major benefit of temporary structures is that they can be installed on virtually any ground surface from asphalt and concrete foundations to gravel or soil. With correctly engineered anchoring, temporary structures can be strong and stable no matter where they stand.

In Part 2 of this series, engineering expert Brian Szkaradnik explains the role your ground surface plays in determining the right anchoring solution for your structure.


Topics: Extreme Weather Structures Amenities Clearspan Fabric Structure Project Management Warehouses and Storage Entertainment and Events

Ensuring Safety at Large Events: The Role of Fabric Buildings

Safety is not an unfamiliar topic in the event industry. Event planners, venues and host cities have improved safety and security measurements and established best practices and technologies to ensure smooth and safe execution. In the wake of recent national and worldwide events, the issue of event safety has become even more complex. Now more than ever, it is crucial for the success of any event that guests feel secure and safe.

Topics: Entertainment and Events Clearspan Fabric Structure

Climate-Controlled Events

Imagine, you’re enjoying your favorite band at a renowned outdoor music festival on a hot summer day. Then, the sky suddenly darkens and you hear the rumblings of thunder in the distance.

Topics: Extreme Weather Structures Custom Structures Entertainment and Events

NFL Draft: The Perfect Special Event Setting

The NFL Draft is a special event like no other. Taking place annually, the draft is when the National Football League (NFL) teams select eligible college football players to add to their rosters. Surrounding the event, which is taking place in Philadelphia, where the very first NFL Draft occurred, is the NFL Draft Experience. More than 200,000 people are expected to visit the free, three-day event featuring dozens of exciting, interactive experiences.

Topics: Custom Structures Entertainment and Events

Defeating the Obstacles: Uses of Clear Span Fabric Structures

We previously mentioned considerations you should factor when using clear span fabric structures. In many instances, Mahaffey has faced challenges with installation of our structures. Often, this requires an innovative approach to each and every detail. 

Topics: Clearspan Fabric Structure Custom Structures Entertainment and Events

Double Decker Structures: The Complete VIP Experience

At Mahaffey, we always strive to raise the bar when it comes to structure installations, especially special events. One of the ways we’ve done so is by perfecting the double decker. Not only are these structures two stories high, creating more space for your event, but also they are fully engineered membrane structures that can be customized for any project.

Topics: Custom Structures Entertainment and Events

Going for Gold: Mahaffey Has Sports Covered

Long before Simone Biles perfected the signature double flip and half twist that we saw her perform in Rio (aka The Biles), Mahaffey perfected a few doubles of our own...The Double Decker structure that is.

Topics: Custom Structures Entertainment and Events

Special Events Industry Desire For A Guide to Fabric Structures

With the affordability and quick turn-around installing temporary fabric structures, the industry is experiencing widespread growth particularly in their use at special events. Because of this, special events industry experts are encouraging uniformity in standards and practices in the use of temporary fabric structures.

Topics: Entertainment and Events

Fabric Structures in the News: Mahaffey feature in In Tents Magazine

Recently, Mahafffey Fabric Structures was featured in In Tents Magazine. The feature article covered the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock Arkansas. The 43,000 sq. ft. clearspan structure Mahffey provided was the largest tent ever used in Arkansas. 

Topics: Entertainment and Events Custom Structures Clearspan Fabric Structure