TUUCI lends shade expertise to University of Miami
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, January 28, 2013
MIAMI - While TUUCI is generally associated with exotic shade structures featured at many of the world's most exclusive resorts, the Miami-based company recently loaned its expertise in high-performance design to the School of Architecture at the University of Miami for the creation of a prototype structure for the Florida Everglades National Park.
TUUCI's Eco Tent
TUUCI donated high-performance fabrics for the Eco-Tent as well as its CAD-based design and engineering expertise.
"The TUUCI design team has the right can-do, make-it-work-beautifully attitude," said Rocco Ceo, a University of Miami professor who directed the project. "TUUCI took on a very difficult project and in the end made our design better and something that I think will have broad application."
TUUCI's role with the project included the design and fabrication of the distinctive fabric cantilevered top of the Eco-Tent, which allows breezes to flow through the structure while also providing light from the use of translucent materials. University of Miami professors and students worked hand-in-hand with TUUCI engineers on many aspects of the design and actual construction on site.
"This project was a fantastic opportunity for us to work with students and professors on a cutting-edge project," Clarke said. "One of the great things about the Eco-Tent is the fact that it can be disassembled and stored during the off season or when there is a threat of catastrophic weather. We view it as a viable prototype for use in extreme conditions such as those in the Everglades."
The distinctive structure sits on a 2-foot high base and features a 12-foot high ceiling and flooring made of bamboo and recycled plastic bottles. Side screens keep out mosquitos and solar power provides electricity. For information on reserving the eco-tent, call 239-695-0124 or visit nps.gov/ever.
Keeping the environment top of mind, TUUCI's manufacturing facility follows an Environmental Sustainability Program reducing solid waste and recycling objects from plastics to steel to fabric and beyond. With 100% replaceable parts, TUUCI products have an extended lifespan resulting in less waste. Follow TUUCI on Facebook, Twitter and through the company blog. On the Web at www.tuuci.com.
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