Fabric Awnings Provide Flexible, Affordable Solutions for Hospitals and Care Facilities

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New video reveals that custom awnings provide easy functionality and adaptability for hospitals and health care facilities

Fabric awning provides security and comfort for hospital patients and staff.

Today, the adaptability of customized fabric awnings provides an easy decision for facility managers to add awnings to their buildings.

Commercial building owners and operators have long embraced the aesthetic beauty and sheltering benefits of awnings, but the flexible, cost-effective functionality for health care facilities is creating renewed interest.

“Awnings have long been used commercially for promotion, and to provide shade and cover,” says Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). “Today, the adaptability of customized fabric awnings provides an easy decision for facility managers to add awnings to their buildings.”

In a new video, produced by PAMA, commercial buildings professionals report the positive impact awnings have on their operations. The video “Awnings Extend Commercial Success: Hospitals and Care Facilities” can be viewed at http://www.awninginfo.com/commercial_awning_hospitals.html. The video highlights the benefits provided by awnings.

Add cost-effective safety, comfort and convenience
After a vehicle lost control, crashed into the Providence Hospital and destroyed approximately one-third of the emergency room area, Joe Serra, Manager of Plant Operations, needed a quick, safe and cost-effective solution for the hospital’s patient discharge area.

“Due to the incident, we had to come up with some kind of design to facilitate security, to facilitate the elements of the weather, and also to have a nice comfortable place… for our patients being discharged, [and for the nurse, attendant or volunteer accompanying them],” says Serra. “And that’s where the awning came in with this unique design.”

“If you look at (the awning) you’ll see where it’s compartmentalized… We have heat in there. It’s very comfortable, even when it’s down in the teens.”

What Serra appreciates most about the new awnings is how seamlessly they’ve integrated into the hospital facilities. “It serves its functions… so well that you don’t notice it anymore. It’s just there… It’s part of the building. So from that aspect, it’s been very advantageous for us.”

This video is one in a series of three highlighting the benefits of fabric awnings for commercial buildings including hospitals, restaurants and office and retail spaces. For more information on the benefits of commercial awnings, visit http://www.awninginfo.com.

About PAMA
The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), is the only international trade association committed to the awning industry.

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