Project Update: The Salt Lake City Int’l Airport

Written on April 21, 2017

We are excited to share with you the latest progress on our Salt Lake City Int’l Airport project: Fabrication of ‘The Canyon’ is now in full swing. To make this installation come to life we partnered with FabriTec Structures, LLC North America’s leading design/build contractor specializing in tension fabric structures and Rainier Industries to ensure outstanding craftsmanship.

“The Canyon,” with a fabric surface area of approximately 96,650 square feet, has been designed to celebrate Utah’s natural beauty and reputation as an outdoor recreation destination.

Beginning of Project


The Sides

Full Shape


Details of the project include designing and fabricating one large custom tensile membrane sculpture to be applied along the East and West Walls of the New Salt Lake City Airport. The membrane sculpture will consist of 508 “fins.” Construction of the fins will consist of an aluminum frame, wrapped with a membrane skin consisting of a Tweave Duratech® 570C fabric material and enclosed with a zipper along the back spine of each fin.

Duvall Designs will serve as design and manufacturing liaison with Rainier Industries as manufacturer. The installation is scheduled for late 2019 and the terminal will open in 2020.

In February, the team at Gordon Huether Studio visited the 140,000 square foot facility at Rainier Industries in Seattle to learn more about the company’s new custom bending machine and state-of-the-art fabrication processes.

Full Project Details



Construction Zone

Many Wire Frames

Fins and the Wire