ERIC Number: ED031064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-May
Reference Count: 0
Air Structures for School Sports.
Air structures are fabric buildings blown up and held up by air pressure. Experiments with such structures were conducted as early as 1917. In 1948 the United States Air Force sought a new way of housing large radar antennae planned for the arctic. As an outcome of their search, Birdair Structures, Inc., which is now one of several companies selling such structures, was founded. Early experiences with air structures for schools in Litchfield, Connecticut, were disappointing. The subsequent erection of two more bubbles was evidence that satisfaction was eventually achieved. Cost estimates of $2.14 per square foot compare favorably with wood-domed fieldhouses at $6.53 per square foot or geodesic fieldhouses at $8.34 per square foot. Costs for swimming pool use are estimated at $9.38 per square foot as compared to $26.00 and $32.00. Ease of heating is also emphasized. Installation time is approximately one day. There is no danger of suffocation in case of deflation because the process is slow and the material can easily be lifted should one find it necessary to get out under such conditions. There is no fire danger. Because of high reflection surface, lightning problems are minimal. This document previously announced as ED 018 924. (RH)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Facilities Labs., Inc., New York, NY.