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    Retractable Patio & Deck Awnings

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    Retractable Patio & Pergola Covers

    Designed for sun, UV, glare & heat protection, HEAVY rain & HIGH winds up to over 100 mph/160 km/hr. System & Ferrari fabric are waterPROOF meaning no water enters. For residential, commercial, institutional and government patios, decks, courtyards, restaurants, hotels, wedding events, nightclubs, pubs, swimming pools, hot tubs & open entertainment areas.

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    Retractable Window Awnings

    Retractable canopy awnings are designed for sun, UV, glare, heat protection and LIGHT wind and LIGHT rain. Solution dyed acrylic fabric used on this product type is water RESISTANT. Can be wall mounted outside any commercial, governmental, institutional or residential window or door opening.

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    Retractable Screens

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    Retractable Canopies

    Retractable canopy awnings are designed for sun, UV, glare and heat protection, LIGHT wind and LIGHT rain. Solution dyed acrylic fabric used on this product type is water RESISTANT. Can be wall mounted outside any commercial, governmental, institutional or residential window or door opening.

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    Free Standing Retractable Awnings

    Free standing awnings are designed for sun, UV, glare, heat, LIGHT wind and LIGHT rain protection. Solution dyed acrylic fabric used on this product type is water RESISTANT. Retractable free standing awnings can be floor mounted in almost any residential, commercial, institutional or government location.

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2015

Delta Hotel - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Model: Forli
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Type: Commercial
Frame material: Extruded aluminum
Fabric: Ferrari (enhanced PVC mesh)
Special installation: Installed into existing wooden platforms and decking
Designer: Grace Mack, Puccini Group (designer); Claudia Saenz, HOK (architect); Frank Bennardo P.E., Engineering Express (engineering)
Notable: 2015, Outstanding Achievement, Commercial Retractable Awnings and Canopies

Outdoor Hotel Patio in the Pacific Northwest

Victoria is tucked in the Olympic Mountains along the coast of  British Columbia, near Esquimalt Harbor. Like most areas in the Pacific Northwest, it has cool summers and mild winters. Because the Olympic Mountains shelter the city, it is drier than some of its other Pacific cities like Seattle, but it still receives about two feet of rainfall a year and it has distinct wet and dry seasons.

The hotel overlooking the water had a wide patio along one side for its restaurant, but given the wet seasons, there was much of the year when it could not be used comfortably by guests. The architectural firm working on renovating some of the spaces proposed a very large, freestanding canopy which could provide protection not only in the sunny summer but also in the wet autumn and winter.

The Forli retractable canopy provides excellent strength. Its extruded aluminum frame is rated to winds up to 63 mph (Beaufort scale 10) and is rust-resistant even in briny air. Additionally, the Forli has integrated drainage and, combined with the Ferrari mesh fabric of the awning, is waterproof even in heavy rain.

The Forli was customized with a fairly unique shape, extremely long and narrow -- 9’3” wide with a 32’8” projection. The frame is built with a total of three posts along each side, instead of the normal two. The drainage alternates sides, so that the runoff is equal and the frame is visually balanced.

One complicated thing about the installation is that there were already existing wooden benches and planters along where the canopy posts would be installed, and they could not be relocated or avoided. Instead, holes were drilled into the wood so that the posts could go through the wooden boxes, and concrete pavers were placed under the boxes to support the posts. The cutting had to be very precise, to perfectly align with the posts and to prevent any damage to the wood.

The Ferrari fabric is fire-retardant, which is safer for hotels and dining and a requirement of Canadian fire codes. A gray hood was installed at the base of the canopy to protect the fabric from rain, snow, or debris building up when it is retracted. A profile at the end of the canopy held the motor safety box and enclosed SOmfy motor.

Because of the cool, temperate weather, the hotel installed heaters around the canopy to allow the area to be used year round, in almost any weather except snow.