The fabric structure design for the Peralta Community College in Oakland, California was influenced by the owner’s love of sailboats. With the engineering expertise of Craig Huntington and Eide Industries project management, we were able to design, build and install the sail inspired canopy on schedule without delays.

The fabric membrane was constructed with a PVC coated Polyester fabric by Ferrari Textiles Precontraint 1002 T2. The rhombus shaped membrane has sides approximately 37’ and 33’ long for a total coverage area of approximately 1,000 square feet. Since this was a community college project, it was subject to oversight from Division of the State Architect (DSA). Although this requirement typically slows down most projects, Eide’s detailed drawings were approved by DSA on their very first submittal.

Due to the close proximity of the San Francisco Bay, we were required to apply corrosion inhibiting coatings to the hardware and compression rods. Since the rod lengths were too long for hot dip galvanizing, we were able to provide a 30-year protective coating by using a technique called “metalizing”. This procedure includes liquefying zinc and applying it to the rods with a gas flame spray gun.


Project Name: Peralta Community College
Project Location: Oakland, CA
Year Completed: 2010
Membrane Type: Flame-retardant, Serge Ferrari Precontraint 1002 T2 PVC Vinyl Membrane
Wind Loads: Engineered for 85 MPH Wind-Loads
Total Project Size: 37’ x 33’