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The owner of 444 North Capitol, an upscale event space in vibrant Washington, D.C., chose to bring adaptability to the building’s rooftop terrace by incorporating an En-Fold® retractable awning.

With a simple, wireless remote control, here the En-Fold is deployed across the terrace and is tensioned using a patent-pending belt drive system. Strong architectural fabric panels shield the area below from inclement weather or harsh sunlight. The En-Fold® system can withstand 50 mile per hour winds when fully tensioned, and is installed at a slight incline to shed rainwater and prevent water from pooling on the fabric panels.

With the addition of the awning, event planners can take advantage of rooftop views looking out over iconic D.C. landmarks, while assuring that guests will enjoy a consistently comfortable environment—all with the push of a button.

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Project Information

Buch Construction
Completion Date: 
Project Scope: 
Design, Supply, Installation, and Technical Support
Project Engineer: 
Tom Matzek, Uni-Systems
Project Manager: 
Rob Dengler, Uni-Systems
Kramer & Pandula Architects, PLLC
Engineer of Record: 
Rathberger / Goss Associates
Fabric Fabricator: 
Lightweight Manufacturing
Steel Fabricator: 
Extreme Steel, Inc.
Buch Construction
Plan Area: 
2526 sq ft
Design Wind Load: 
15 psf
En‐Fold Retractable Canopy: 

Surface Area: 2096 sq ft

Extension: 34’-9”

Width: 60’-4”

Number of Support Beams: 3

Fabric: Serge Ferrari Precontraint® 1002 S2

Fabric Pretension: 10 lbs. per inch

Custom fabric canopy: 

Surface Area: 430 sq ft

Extension: 40’

Width: 10’

Number of Support Beams: 2

Fabric: Serge Ferrari Precontraint® 1002 S2

Fabric Pretension: 10 lbs. per inch