Armstrong Textiles of Dartmouth is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a contract to weave, fabricate, and install draperies in the new 32-storey Telus Tower in Toronto in May 2010.
The contract requires production of approximately 600 metres of highly-textured, white, semi-transparent fabric draperies to be installed in the Telus Hosting Centre.
Armstrong Textiles, located in Innovacorp’s Technology Innovation Centre in Woodside Industrial Park, produces textiles using vintage power looms from Scotland and the U.S.A. Well-known for their alpaca woven accessories and fashions, the company also designs and produces interior furnishings.
In 2006, Armstrong Textiles, formerly known as Armstrong Fox Textiles, won a competition for draperies to be installed in the award-winning Hespeler Library in Cambridge, Ontario. This project involved weaving one kilometer of fabric, making it into drapes, and installing them on completion of the building in spring 2007.
Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co. and Adamson Associate Architects requested proposals for a richly-textured, minimalist fabric drapery for the walls of the Telus Hosting Center. Armstrong Textiles received the award in March 2010.
“It is exciting to be part of this large project,” says Lesley Armstrong, owner of Armstrong Textiles. “It is especially exciting because the Telus Tower is designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) core and shell gold standards.”
The building features 11-foot high-performance windows, daylight harvesting, rain water collection and reuse from an on-site cistern, individual fresh-air controls, a lake cooling system, occupancy sensors for the lights, and many more green initiatives. In addition, the building will be linked to Union Station and the Air Canada Centre.
The workshop at Armstrong Textiles will be humming for the next few weeks while the distinctive Japanese yarn is wound onto a large warping mill that looks like a giant hamster wheel, then the warp is transferred to a beam which is taken to the back of the loom to be threaded. After each warp is woven, Kate Delmage will sew the pristine white fabric into large drapery widths.
“I have a couple of great people working with me so as long as we can keep this huge amount of white fabric up off the floor, we should be doing well,” says Armstrong.
She describes the cloth as very organic-looking with tiny twig-like branches that give a very tactile texture.
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 22, 2010