The Blue Book Building & Construction Network's Fall 2016 The Who's Who in Building & Construction
Miami Awning Company is honored to be featured in a Blue Book publication that discusses our company's history and how we have maintained our status in the industry since 1919.
SUCCESSFULLY WEATHERING THE STORMS SINCE 1919
Historic Awning Company Keeps Miami Covered
By: Allyson Markey
“Awnings are like coffee shops,” explains Joan (Reilly) Garvey, Treasurer and Secretary, and fourth-generation Owner of Miami Awning Co. “Once you see one, you start to see them everywhere. But they are everywhere! And much more interesting than you would think.”
Based in Miami, Florida, Miami Awning is an 87-year-old architectural awning and shading management solutions business, servicing areas throughout the southeastern United States as well as the Caribbean and Latin America. As it turns out, this family-owned and operated company has a tremendous story that, much like awnings themselves, is often overlooked.
IAA 2016 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR CANOPIES <93 SQUARE METERS
MIAMI SEAQUARIUM BEVERAGE CANOPY
This is a custom designed canopy for the Miami Seaquarium. The structural dimensions are 37′-0″ x 10′-0″. The design, is a custom engineered compound arched structure. This canopy is anchored to the existing low structural wall already on site. The fabric was designed as a flat panel for easy removal in the event of a hurricane.
The client desired to have a canopy that would be used to serve beverages and food items for park visitors. They wanted the canopy to be attractive and easy to spot as guests walk from one venue to another.
The structural design of this canopy, follows the pattern of other recent projects that have been recently designed and installed by our company at the park. Engineering determined the size of the framing members used. The entire frame is bowed in both dimensions. Precise bending of all pipes was needed to achieve this custom design. This also meant that everything had to be patterned for the fabric cover. Installation had to be performed as early as possible in the morning and paused around the various show times, to not disturb patrons at the park.
The customer is extremely satisfied with the result. The canopy shelters the refreshment and food vendors below. It is colorful, attractive and blends in well with the other structures that we have installed. Park visitors now have easy access for refreshments in this location of the park, which is especially appreciated by all who are there.
Photos and detailed project descriptions of the winners are available at: http://iaa.ifai.com/projects/miami-seaquarium-refreshment-canopy/
IAA 2013 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR RETRACTABLE AWNINGS & CANOPIES
Private Residence - Corradi Retractable Millenium Model
This is a Corradi retractable canopy, Millenium Model, 21’-2 ½” wide with an 18’-0” projection for an elegant home on the water. The retractable canopy system is mounted on a custom designed steel rigid frame and also has a motorized Eastern World Screen attached to it. The screen is one unit for the entire width and is 9 feet in height. This project is located in the back of the home owner’s residence over a newly renovated outdoor patio. Large aluminum members were used to provide support for the Canopy and Screen systems. These match the esthetics and clean look of the Corradi Millenium Retractable System, while providing proper support for the retractable canopy and screen. This area of the residence is used extensively by the residents and when having guests. The canopy and screen provide the needed shade and weather protection from the elements, thus allowing their outdoor living space to be used throughout the year.
IAA 2014 OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR RETRACTABLE AWNINGS & CANOPIES
Bal Harbor Shops - En-Fold
SHADE AND WEATHER SOLUTION FOR BAL HARBOR SHOPS
Bal Harbor Shops, a luxury shopping destination that is owned by the Whitman family are thrilled with the installation of their new En-Fold retractable canopy. This project was installed by Miami Awning Company, a long time provider of awnings and canopies for the Whitman’s. For this exclusive center, famous for one of a kind merchandise, exquisite boutiques and restaurants; no ordinary retractable would do. When the En-Fold Retractable Canopy was introduced, Miami Awning Company knew that it would be the perfect fit!
The Bal Harbor Shops wanted to have a space in the inner courtyard that would be adaptable throughout the year. The En-Fold retractable canopy makes it possible to shield the area from inclement weather or harsh sunlight. Restaurants below, can always count on their patrons being comfortably seated outdoors throughout the year. Events can also be scheduled without having to worry about weather or cancel.
What makes the installation of this En-Fold retractable unique is its ability to span medium to large areas with minimal structure. Those under the space always have an open feeling and view of sky during the day and stars at night. This canopy is 80 feet in width with a 50 foot projection. Deployment of the canopy is by a simple hand held remote. The fabric used is Sefar Tenara 4T40. It is translucent, pliable, long lasting; 25+ years, blocks UV rays 100% and is 100% recyclable. This canopy functions as lightweight tensile structure, with adaptability.
Bal Harbor Shops’ love the new comfortable outdoor environment created by this retractable canopy for their worldwide clientel. The completed project provides so much more flexibility, for the use of the outdoor courtyard. It is exceptionally functional and the renovation blends so well with the architecture of the space. This retractable canopy is attractive, functional and serves as a fine addition throughout the year. During the hot summer months, it gives protection from the intense rays of the sun and heat, along with protection from the rain.
2011 INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - RETRACTABLE AWNINGS AND CANOPIES
MIAMI AWNING COMPANY WINS IFAI 2011 INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE DESIGN AND SOLUTION WITH LARGE RETRACTING CANOPIES FOR WATERFRONT OUTDOOR RESTAURANT TERRACE
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for the Cabana Beach Club Restaurant at the Eden Roc Ranainssance Resort Category: Retractable Awnings and Canopies
This is a custom-made innovative retractable canopy solution that transforms outdoor spaces so that at the touch of a button, they are usable all year around. This is not only a shade solution, but a product that can take the rain and wind.
The innovative design was the perfect solution for the client's terrace restaurant. This is a beautifully finished retracting canopy that is 70 feet wide with an 18 foot projection that transformed this space that had limited use into one that is now usable throughout the day and year.
Throughout the years, the client had tried various types of tradional retractable awnings and umbrellas, but none of these provided the right solution. This product provides protection from heat, sun, winds and heavy rains. It is also contemporary, impressive and aesthetically pleasing.
This project is made entirely of aluminum with an exclusive "Alusteel" finish which makes the framework look like stainless steel. The aluminum is anodized to give the surface particular resistance to atmospheric agents and abrasion over the duration of time. The stainless steel components used are AISI 304 which are of the highest quality and have a high corrosion resistance, a very important feature since this project is installed on the oceanfront. The retracting system is separated into two retracting canopies that open and close with a remote. This makes it possible for some guests to enjoy the sun and others to enjoy the shade at the same time. The project has an integrated gutter system that is patented. It keeps rain from entering the area below. The fabric is Eclissi, a PVC fabric that is self-extinguishing and totally water-resistant. This canopy system also has Ermetika vertical closures that roll up and disappear when not needed and can be utilized individually by panel when needed and protect customers from rain, wind and humidity. This retracting canopy system has a wind resistance to a Beaufort Force 8 or steady gale of 39 to 46 mph with the fabric covering the terrace.
The retracting canopy now makes it possible for patrons to use this complete area throughout the year. Now during the hot tropical season, the restaurant personnel say that it is about 15 degrees cooler under the canopy during the hottest part of the day. The area is waterproofed, so they do no lose patrons during rainstorms or showers, and the retracting windscreens block the wind during the winter months. The resort can now have guests for breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails and live entertainment all year round. The canopy makes it possible to enjoy on-site dining under the sun, moon or stars. The owners loved the results so much that they ordered another model for a differeent area of the hotel. The client is extremely happy with the results of this retractable canopy system. This resort is one of the topy luxury resorts on Miami Beach and is know for its trend-setting atmosphere and ambiance.
Project details: Location - Miami Beach, FL Sixe 1,260 sq. ft. Fabric: Eclissi by Corradi U.S.A. Design: Miami Awning Company / Corradi Project Manger and Installation: William Garvey, Miami Awning Company
2010 INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - COMMERCIAL AWNINGS
AVE AUCTION HOUSE - COMMERCIAL AWNING BY MIAMI AWNING COMPANY
2009 INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
MEDITERANEO RESTAURANT - AWARD OF EXCELLENCE MULTIPLE FABRIC STRUCTURES
This is a beautiful custom dining terrace canopy for a pool-side restaurant of a 5-star resort. The canopy is 60' in length by 44' in width. It was designed to match the various architectural elements on the property. This canopy has various features such as specially designed arched panels to hide posts and roll-up curtains around the entire perimeter of the canopy. Another feature of this canopy are special fabric awags made from Sunbrella and Sunbrella View that add the color and texture used throughout the resort to create a striking ceiling feature. The canopy has a special vented feature for dispensation of heat and to capture tropical breezes.
The entire project was fabricated on the U.S. mainland. Design, engineering and use of the highest quality materials for our clients are trademarks of our workmanship. Design, fabrication, shipping and installation were coordinated and the finished project truly complements the architecture of the entire resort. This canopy was designed to create a singular dining space by day or night for patrons throughout the year!
2008 INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CANOPIES, COMMERCIAL ZURRA RESTAURANT
This is a beautifully elegant patio canopy that was designed, fabricated and installed for the patio terrace of the Zurra Restaurant. It's a uniquely designed canopy because of the building's many projections and features; such as a round terrace area and a semicircular wall. The canopy's perimeter was designed to take in all of the property's variables and harmonize them into a canopy that sets this apart from the others. The entire project is fabricated out of marine grade aluminum and is engineered to the Florida Building Code. Innovatiove construction methods were used to measure, design and fabricate the canopy so installation would be quick and less labor intensive. The entire perimeter of the canopy also has roll-up curtains that are hidden in the design of the canopy and are easy to open in the event of inclement weather.
This canopy created a space that is creative and sophisticated. Patrons enjoy an exquisite environment of dining with an awe inspiring views that truly complements the architecture of all of the surrounding buildings. Fabric: Coastline Plus by Weblon Inc. from TriVantage LLC
2008 INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, MULTIPLE FABRIC STRUCTURES BAYSHORE LANDINGS
This project consists of a total of 41 canopies and awnings. A special Valet Entrance Canopy, walkway canopy and connector, and awnings on windows. Awnings and canopies were added to revitalize the landmark restaurant Monty's along with supporting offices, shops and marina. The entrance canopy was designed to allow delivery trucks or emergency vehicles to proceed under the canopy. Traffic and patrons to the restaurant and marina flow freely with the canopy and walkway canopy. The canopy is spacious and nautical elements were added, like wrapping the posts with rope. This project shows how many different kinds of awnings and canopies can be used on a project to really make a property work, while staying in budget.
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, CANOPIES, COMMERCIAL, ILLUMINATED AND MULTI-FAMILY ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FAMILY HEALTH CENTER
INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
The Industrial Fabrics Association International for 60 years have recognized design, technological innovation and excellence in the specialty fabrics industry. Judges evaluate entries based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function.
This 2006 IAA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The Economic Opportunity Family Health Center is a special entrance walkway canopy 84 ft. long and 16 ft. wide. The canopy is an arched design with sweeping curves that project and create a gentle wave that attracts those visiting the healthcare facility and provides protection from the elements.
2007 INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, AWNINGS COMMERCIAL DORAL SALES CENTER ENTRANCE AWNING
This awning is a special elliptically shaped entrance awning for a sales center of a new community. The awning is 11 ft. wide by over 19 ft. long. The awning is a very unique design, conceived by one of the leading Architectural Firms in the world. The awning symbolizes the shape of an airplane wing. It was designed to provide the new development with an icon to remember their new community and welcome and shelter prospective residents to their new home.