Project details

Fabric name: Nicofab Woven Black
Fabric producer: TenCate Nicolon
Fabric supplier: TenCate Nicolon
Design: Brian Moriarty, Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc.
Fabrication: Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc
Project manager: Brian Moriarty, Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, Inc
Installation: Zoo Maintenance Crew
Location: St Louis, Missouri

Please describe the project specifications.
We fabricated custom shade/sail sling hammocks each 15’ x 16’ for the chimpanzee exhibit at the zoo. Each sling is manufactured using Nicofab Woven heavy weight polypropylene tarp fabric. This material is highly ultraviolet resistant due to the amount of carbon black used. A reinforced 2” webbing was sewn around shade sail perimeters. We mechanically fastened the fabric to a fire hose which was mounted to existing wood posts (tree trunks) in the outdoor exhibit viewing area.

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?
The client wanted to add more hammock slings to their outdoor Chimpanzee exhibit. These shade sails were required to be durable and comfortable for the animals to climb and lounge on. We recommended Nicofab Woven fabric because of its ultraviolet resistance and strength. It is engineered to last years without losing unique properties, like colorfastness, durability, water and stain repellency.

What is unique or complex about the project?
The hammock slings are a creative addition to the outdoor viewing exhibit. Connecting a fire hose to the hammocks provided the chimpanzees another fun way of climbing and swinging from the tree posts.

What were the results of the project?
Zoo visitors are entertained daily by watching the chimpanzee’s playful activity and the client was happy with our practical and functional outdoor solution that will last for years.

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