Andrew Trowbridge is the Western US Sales Manager for Ronstan Tensile Architecture and he is entering his second year as chairman of the board of the Fabric Structures Association (FSA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). In his six years of involvement with the IFAI, he is most excited about the upcoming year after the excitement of one of the highest attended IFAI Expo events in October 2016. We caught up with Andrew to find out more about his involvement with the organization.
Andrew: For those readers not familiar with the Fabric Structures Association, the main goal of this division of IFAI is to promote the use of fabric structures among architects, engineers, suppliers, and fabricators. This division influences the development of building codes related to the fabric structures industry and seeks strategic alliances with organizations influencing the marketplace.
In 2017 our main focus is on education. One of our initiatives is to “educate the educator” and really get the proper knowledge about fabric structure design and fabrication to the professors who are teaching it in schools and continuing education. We will also be working to release a continuing education accredited course through the AIA. Our goal is to get a better product to the market, and we can only do that if the structures are designed correctly from the start, using proper materials.
Working on fabric structure projects has been a highlight of my job for 20 years and I am still excited to be providing hardware solutions for these specialized designs.
Andrew Trowbridge can be reached at [email protected]