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Outdoor Sun Shades and Custom Shade Covers

GPS Specialty Construction has designed, manufactured and installed numerous outdoor sun shades and custom shade covers throughout Northern California including three structures which are notable landmarks. GPS is unique as an awning company to have three owners who – due to their nautical sailing experience – are able to design custom shade covers utilizing metals, fabrics and sail boat rigging.

Below we feature three projects that allowed GPS to meet its customers needs by designing, engineering, fabricating and installing some very elaborate outdoor sun shades at UC Davis's Aquatic Center, Royer Park in Roseville, and Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, California.

UC Davis Aquatic Complex Outdoor Sun Shade

GPS was contacted by the UC Davis Athletic Department. The university was hosting the NCAA Women's National Water Polo Tournament and needed to provide protection from the sun for visitors in the stadium seating. The staff at GPS, in conjunction with our consultant engineer, came up with an outdoor sun shade design that more than satisfied all the UC Davis needs.

We fabricated the design, utilizing a boxed steel tube framework, tensioned shade cloth covers stretched out on a network of stainless steel sailboat rigging cables, and a series of drop roller curtains. Using a crane and our full staff of owners and employees, GPS complete the job in advance of our deadline and the national event.

outdoor sun shade at UC Davis in Davis California featuring a Metal Canopy as an outdoor awning

Royer Park Gazebo Stage Cover

The City of Roseville came to GPS Specialty Construction asking for help with gazebo canopies that they needed for this landmark park in Old Roseville. A local architect created a stellar conceptual design and the City had a limited budget and some challenging structural design criteria. They needed to provide protection from the elements over a raised stage in Royer Park. The challenge in designing this outdoor sun shade was making it strong enough to support the top without obstructing people's view of the stage.

GPS's design staff with the help of our engineering consultant came up with a robust outdoor awning. Unfortunately, our cost of materials alone was equal to the budget with which we were to work within. It was then that GPS Owners Mike, Hans, and Mark, sat down to discussed their options.

They determined that it was their civic duty (GPS started its business in Roseville in 1994), to build the structure for our costs of materials. Hans took the lead by welding this masterpiece structure in place while Mark helped Hans by being a second set of hands in the fabrication and the hoisting the steel members in place. In the meantime, Mike created the tension shade cover that sits atop the metal structure. GPS Awnings together with City of Roseville provide the residents of Roseville a shade structure that is the focal point of the park.

Gazebo canopy style outdoor sun shade at Royer Park in Roseville, California featuring a tension shade over a steel frame structure

Beale Air Force Base Shade Sail Custom Shade Covers

Beale Air Force Base contacted GPS asking us to design exterior sun shades to cover over an outdoor dining area. GPS used shade sail technology to design a series of covers that were attached to steel cables tensioned between existing pylons – also known as a “tension shades”.

With aviation in mind, GPS was able to create the image of an airplane propeller in the shade structure which can clearly be seen in the picture below. We are told it looks even better from the air!

A shade sail featured at Beale Air Force base outside of Marysville, California, providing outdoor sun shade using a tension shade awning

These are just a few examples of the outdoor sun shades that GPS Specialty Construction, Inc. has designed and installed in Davis and around the Sacramento, California area. Contact us today for a free quote on your project, we can create a custom design specific to your needs.

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