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Birdair To Build Roofs For 2010 World Cup Stadiums, Completes Indianapolis Airport Canopies

Birdair Inc., Amherst, N.Y., a specialty contractor for lightweight, long-span roofing systems and custom tensile architecture applications, has been chosen as the roofing subcontractor for three of four primary 2010 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup Stadium projects in South Africa.

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Artist's rendering of Durban Stadium, designed by Birdair Inc.

Each facility will feature a unique roof design. The Green Point Stadium in Cape Town will have a bowl-shaped glass roof with a mesh liner. Durban Stadium in Durban and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth will have sweeping architectural polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) fabric membrane roofs. The facilities will offer natural daylighting, solar shading, open-air design and other features.

In other company news, Birdair recently provided approximately 75,000 square feet of PTFE fabric membrane canopies for the new five-story, 2.5-million-square-foot parking terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport in Indiana. The fabric forms two 100-foot-diameter helical ramp canopies and a 500-foot center atrium spine canopy.

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