Sleek Architectural Addition to San Diego Yacht Club Using Tension Rods

Ronstan Tensile Architecture provides sleek architectural rod systems to the San Diego Yacht Club’s new Malin Burnham Sailing Center in San Diego, CA. The systems, which act as cross bracing and web compression struts, brace the Center’s timber roof trusses.

The Malin Burnham Sailing Center is the showpiece of several renovation improvements made to the San Diego Yacht Club facilities in 2010. The 6,900-square-foot Center is home to the junior sailing and high school-aged sailing teams and features Club memorabilia that celebrates its 125-year history.

San Diego-based Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells worked with Ronstan Tensile Architecture to design a solid roofing structure with a maritime aesthetic to perfectly complement the building’s purpose. Outfitted in wood, glass, and Ronstan steel, the structure exudes an ideal blend of tradition and modernity.

“Ronstan came to mind immediately when specifying a provider for the roofing structure,” says Matt Wells, Principal at Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, the architect of the project. “The rod tension system brings a nautical character to the Yacht Club without being too obvious, meeting both form and function expectations.”

In addition to form and function, Ronstan’s lightweight prestressed tensile cables and bars also contribute to the project’s eco-friendly objectives, as they provide an alternative to heavy supports. The rods are made of recyclable stainless steel, adding to the overall sustainability of the facility. In December 2010, the building was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Malin Burnham Sailing Center was completed in just ten months, impressively meeting a tight construction schedule. The project team consisted of Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells, San Diego, CA, general contractor/builder DPR Construction, San Diego, CA, and installer Alliance TruTrus, San Diego, CA.

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