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Smack dab in the middle of Manhattan’s Hudson Yards complex in the shadow of The Vessel, this project consists of a single En-Fold® retractable canopy system measuring 43’-9” in extension by 54’-9” wide, covering an area of 2,395 square feet. The En-Fold® retractable canopy's four drive beams are attached to structural steel wide flange beams, which rely solely on bolted connections.

The En-Fold® retractable canopy covers Jibs—a New England lobster shack-inspired outdoor drinking and dining establishment at Hudson Yards that opened in September, 2021. The client required a retractable canopy system to provide sun shade and weather protection for the patrons of this iconic locale.

To shelter the retracted canopy bundle from snow build-up in the winter, Uni-Systems provided a fixed fabric canopy garage. Even though the extended En-Fold® system can easily withstand snow loads, it should be stored in the retracted position for winter months.

The completed En-Fold® canopy’s unique bi-axially tensioned fabric plays out over the bar and restaurant below like a sail ready to be easily unfurled or stowed depending on whether the skies are inclement or a sailor’s delight, which perfectly reflects the nautical theme of Jibs.

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En-Fold® retractable canopy system with The Vessel in backgroundFixed Canopy GarageCanopy garageHudson River in backgroundRetracted En-Fold® under Fixed Canopy GarageEn-Fold® over Jibs eating and drinking establishmentRetracted En-Fold® canopyJibs barHudson Yards En-Fold Retractable CanopyJibs restaurant at Hudson YardsJibs restaurant at night with En-Fold retractedEn-Fold idler end formed gutterEn-Fold from aboveJibs restaurant at nightEn-Fold from Vessel

Project Information

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Completion Date: 
Project Scope: 
Design and supply of the En-Fold® retractable canopy system
GSA – Gidich + Sepúlveda Architecture
Engineer of Record: 
The Eipel Engineering Group
Fabric Fabricator: 
Lightweight Manufacturing
General Contractor: 
C & A Seneca
C & A Seneca
Plan Area: 
2,395 sq ft
Design Wind Load: 
+30psf/-30psf ASD
En‐Fold Retractable Canopy: 

Extension: 43’-9”

Width: 54’-9”

Number of Drive Beams: 4

Fabric: Sefar® Tenera® 4T40