Salvador Dali "Super-Gelatinous Melting,
Silly-Putty Happening" in carried out in Manhattan, New
York. Dali painted the transparent surface of a huge,
ASATI plastic bubble with a giant cross and a black angel.
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Fraioli developed a right angle cornered rectangular
structure, a requirement for covering over existing
recreational and sport facilities, spearheading a major
breakthrough for indoor tennis enclosures, adopted by
Wall Street Racquet Club, Forest Hills, Columbia
University, New York Health & Racquet Club and
hundreds of indoor tennis club facilities across the United
States, Canada and Europe.
Mr. Fraioli engineered,
manufactured and erected 26 tension fabric roof
structures and air structures for the New Jersey Pavilion,
Dancing Water Pavilion and Disney Small World Pavilion at
1965 New York World’s Fair. Each
of these Expo Pavilions received special citation awards.
Fraioli developed the first two directional cable net
systems which led the way to building the world’s largest
air structure of its time (150 wide x 300 long x 65 feet
high = 45,000 square feet) to cover
University’s indoor track and field for year-round
indoor sports. This was the project that led Mr. Fraioli to
patent the most important contribution to the
air supported structure industry,
the Bias Safety Cable Net System. This
unique structural system accelerated the state-of-the-art
industry by allowing air structures to be manufactured
using available lightweight fabrics to span several acres
without overloading or straining the structural fabric
envelope. The Bias Safety Cable Net System provides
maximum safety factor protection and stability against
extreme high winds and heavy snow loads. This achievement
has given him worldwide recognition and soul source
contracts without competition for wide span structures.
Mr. Fraioli engineered and
erected the largest and first-of-its-kind Cable Supported Tension Fabric Structure.
The tension fabric structure covered 132,000 square feet,
enclosing a construction site in Montana for the Walsh
Groves Construction Company.
Mr. Fraioli and his team, minutes before closing the company for the New Year holiday, received a call for the
U.S. Government in
Washington advising of a Grumman F14 fighter plane that had crashed in a heavy wooded area in Long Island, NY. They
requested an emergency dome be deployed to immediately cover the
half-acre crash site. In the face of a predicted heavy snowstorm due to hit on New Year’s
Day, Team ASATI loaded a 24,000 sq ft dome
from inventory onto two trucks along with
inflation equipment, soil anchors, doors, lighting systems and tools. While Team ASATI was escorted by the military to the crash
site, Mr. Fraioli was flown to prep the site for the dome
installation. Trees were cut down, a 1/2-mile-long gravel road
was laid down and a bridge was constructed over the F14's
vertical wing, allowing the fabric to be spread
without damage from sharp metal. Under Mr. Fraioli's
direction, Team ASATI's experienced crew worked 20
straight hours, installing the anchorage system, spreading
the 24,000 sq. ft. fabric envelope and inflating the dome over
the entire crash site early New Year’s morning, 3 hours
before a 20 inch snowfall.
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Personal Accounts of the Crash
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Mr. Fraioli and his team engineered and erected the largest
Tension Structure Hangers for housing under
each hanger for four 747 Boeing airplanes at both
LAX & San Francisco
Mr. Fraioli engineered and erected his patented
Bias Cable Net Domes, designed to withstand -67
degrees F, 125 mph winds and 50 lb. snow loads for coverage
of 42 construction sites along the
Alaskan Pipeline, by assignment from the Fluor and
Bechtel construction companies.
Mr. Fraioli engineered and erected three
for LAX Airport. These world-famous air supported terminal
structures serviced all incoming and outgoing passengers for
more than twelve years until the new LAX airport was constructed.
Team ASATI engineered these airline terminals to meet
California Fire Marshall, NFPA and ADA high occupancy
approvals. These domes were the first air structures ever
approved in California for high occupancy use.
Mr. Fraioli engineered and manufactured a
Dome spanning 350 feet wide covering Texas Tech University’s football field and
Mr. Fraioli engineered and patented the
Indoor Golf Dome™
allowing 50 golfers to hit golf balls without restriction of
full swing in an air structure that measured 300 feet wide by 8
stories high. This first of its kind facility has lead to Golf Domes
to become prominent throughout the United States. (See news articles
in New York Daily News, New York Times,
and Gannett Newspapers.)
Mr. Fraioli engineered and developed with the
Rutgers University engineering staff a
Football Cable Dome™
measuring 230’ x 430’ by 80 feet high (2 1/2 acres) covering
the entire running track and interior football field. This
extremely successful concept provided contracts to ASATI for
similar wide span structures for Universities and
professional Football Teams across the United States of
Mr. Fraioli engineered and manufactured the largest indoor
a 350 foot diameter dome, 7 stories high, heated and air
conditioned for providing a year-round indoor golf training
center located in Ohio. Operated by Golden Bear Golf
Fraioli and Team ASATI engineered and erected all of the
first Golf Domes™ installed in Illinois,
Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey.
Mr. Fraioli engineered another new first “POWER
DOME” in the Air Structure Industry by developing,
manufacturing and installing a
Dome in Staten Island, New York.
Family Entertainment Dome covers all the most exciting
entertainment activities without limitation to height or
interior column obstructions common to conventional
structures. The “POWER DOMES” or
“FEC Dome” measures from 120 feet square to 240
feet wide x 240 feet long x 7 stories high. covering over
Batting Cages, Golf Range, Roller Blade Arena, Climbing
Wall, Children’s Soft Play Area and several party rooms.
Mr. Fraioli engineered for the New York City School
Construction Authority facilities for providing
School Classrooms &
Recreational Cable Domes. After a long-term
evaluation of the air structure industry by the New York
City School Construction Authority, they specified Air
Structures American Technologies, Inc. as the sole supplier
of the air supported school structures due to the maximum of
safety factors available only thru the use of Mr. Fraioli’s
patented Bias Cable Net System.
Mr. Fraioli, from his performance covering football fields
for many universities across the United States, was awarded
the contracts to engineer and construct
NFL & AFL Football
Domes. In this year, Mr. Fraioli engineered
and constructed cable domes covering the practice football
facilities for the New York Giants, New York Jets,
Denver Bronco’s, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles,
Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and now 2006 the Miami
Mr. Fraioli engineered the largest air structure of this
time for providing an
Dome for the Hoechst Celanese Corporation.
The structure is a clear-span 350 feet wide x 600 feet long
x 90 feet high and is engineered to withstand 120 mph wind
loads. This by far is an air structure that proves the
ability of Mr. Fraioli’s Patented Cable Net System. No other
air structure design could ever cover such a large area and
provide the margin of safety that is now provided and proven
in the performance of this project.
Fraioli engineered portable
Entertainment Cable Dome Facilities for Disney/CapCity/Sportslab
Inc. These twin Cable Domes provided unique
features allowing these huge structures to be rapidly moved
from city to city across the United States without leaving
any obstructions to the park sites where they were
previously located. The
floor plan provides the most high tech sports and
entertainment activities ever before developed for family
entertainment and educational purposes. These structures are
scheduled to have showings in 13 cities each year.
Mr. Fraioli engineered, manufactured and erected three (3)
structures for the
Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. One for the
Olympic Swimming Training Facility and two joining
structures for the
Mr. Fraioli and Team ASATI engineered, manufactured and
Run Coal Storage structure. This 230’ wide x
490’ long x 105’ high dome is the largest air structure coal
storage facility in the world and was constructed over
existing conveyors that stood 110 feet high. ASATI erected
this huge structure over the conveyors and completed the
entire installation in 10 days from delivery. The ASATI
structure now contains the coal dust from blowing into the
Mr. Fraioli and Team ASATI engineered and manufactured for
Bill Gates a turnkey traveling MSN
Training Center. This unique air structure could be
relocated for installations across the United States for
introducing the new MSN program to the general public.
Mr. Fraioli and Team ASATI engineered and manufactured the
Baseball Dome measuring
360 feet x 360 feet
x 110 feet high. This four-acre Sports Dome
is the largest Air Structure Sports Dome in the world. Team
ASATI developed this sports dome with the Jack Cust group
for providing a full height baseball dome with engineering
details for allowing the structure to be erected for the
fall and winter months and removed for open outdoor play in
the spring and summer.
Mr. Fraioli and Team ASATI engineered, manufactured and
supervised the erection of the first ASATI Cable Net Domes
air structure ever erected in
Siberia region of
Russia to meet the extreme design criteria set by the worlds
largest gas supply company “Gazprom”. Due To
ASATI’s proven performance on the Alaskan pipeline to
engineer and provide air structures to withstand winds of
140 mph and support 50 lbs. of heavy snow load, ASATI was
awarded this contract as a sole source supplier. ASATI also
provided cable net air structures installed in Moscow and
other Russian locations.
Mr. Fraioli and Team ASATI engineered and manufactured
Mad Cow Disease center construction project.
Team ASATI manufactured and delivered this huge dome in 26
days. Once delivered, Team ASATI managed the Story
Construction Company erection of this 250’ wide x
460’ long x 125’ high dome over an existing 3 story high
building under construction. The ASATI
Bias Cable Net Dome
patented by Mr. Fraioli replaces a failed radial designed
structure that failed to withstand high winds. The ASATI
dome enclosed and protected the 2.6-acre construction
project of the new mad cow disease center from interruption
caused by Iowa’s harsh winter weather until the project was
TEAM ASATI again, due to our over 45 years
of proven performance and unique air structure technology,
was awarded to engineer, manufacture and erect in 2006 the
first class (4) hurricane resistant structure for the
Miami Dolphins Football Dome.
Mr. Fraioli received awards
for many of his projects, including special citations from
‘Fabric Structures Association’, ‘American Institute of
Architects,’ and ‘The American Association of School
Administrators.’ Dan Fraioli is a member and serves on the
special air structure committee for the American Society of
Civil Engineers, and the Architectural Fabric Structures
First of Its Kind Achievements
Cable Net System
to allow wider, higher, clear-span structures to be
constructed without virtually any size limitations while
still supporting wind and snow loading conditions in
Alaska and Siberia and meet codes established for
concrete and steel buildings.
1st Polyester Fabric over nylon
structures increased the life expectancy of air
structures from seven to more than twenty years.
1st Dupont Tedlar and PVDF Stay-Clean
Exterior Top Coatings- Maintains a clean,
architectural, community-accepted exterior
that maintains maximum translucency, eliminating the
need to turn on expensive interior lighting during
1st Double Wall Air Structure
increased insulation values to greater than R4
1st Triple Wall Air Structure
increased translucency from R4 to R8, while still
maintaining the structure's translucency. Without the
need to turn on expensive sports lighting during daytime
hours, a considerable energy cost savings is established
on an ongoing annual basis.
1st Pressure Balance Exit Doors-
These are now the only exit doors used by the entire air
structure industry. They meets all fire and safety
codes established for traditional, permanent structures.
1st Fiberglass and Mylar Bubble Warp
Insulation to be field-installed into the space
between the exterior envelope and the interior liner,
providing an R20 insulation value.
1st Hanglite Lighting System
suspended from the structure's roof and walls.
This eliminates dangerous interior lighting poles and is
the first system to more evenly distribute light over
the entire playing surface.
First Air Rotating Heater and Inflation
System for heating and cooling air structures.
This reduces heating costs and maintains consistent
temperatures throughout the entire interior, avoiding
formation of hot and cold spots.
1st Catenaries-Earth Anchorage System allows air
structures to be anchored into the ground, and remain
relocatable, without the need for a concrete foundation.
This allowed many structures to be used in Vietnam and
continues to prove its value for Disaster Relief
First Tennis Dome in Foxboro Massachusetts
First Ice Rink Dome for Gordie Howe Ice Rinks
First Multi-Recreation Dome for Harvard University (1968)
First NFL Football Training Facility for Minnesota
First Golf Dome/Soccer-Dome in Michigan, Minnesota and
New York (1981)
First Multi-Sports Stadium Roof-Dome for Texas Tech
First Family-Entertainment-Dome “Power Dome™” in Staten
Island, New York
First 360' x 355' x 120' Baseball Dome for Jack Cust of
the Baltimore Orioles
FIRST COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL-DOMES:
1962- Manufacturers who need to turn their unused floor space
lots into additional storage space turned to air
structures for on-site, low-cost warehousing.
Provided contractors with on-site construction coverage to
allow building to continue without delays caused by
– Encapsulated industrial product waste from evaporating
into the open air and polluting the surrounding
community. These structures also prevent holding reservoirs from
overflowing toxic waste during rainfall and flooding.
– Industrial bulk storage structures used for storage of bulk powder
such as urea, sulphates, cement and agricultural
products. Bulk Storage facilities are also
employed when natural resources, such as coal, are extracted from
mines and conveyed directly into ASATI-Bulk Storage
facilities. This helps to contain dust emissions from traveling into the open air,
which in return falls onto local communities.
-When the Alaska Pipeline Project required multi-use
construction and warehousing domes that could withstand -67*F temperatures, 60 lb snow load
loads and 120MPH winds, the ASATI was chosen as the sole supplier for 42 domes erected along the
entire pipeline, from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.
First and Largest in the World Pollution-Reduction–Dome
– The ASATI air structure system covered immense acreage,
containing waste from contaminating adjacent sites and communities. In Bishop, Texas ASATI
engineered and erected the world's largest clear-span air structure
of its time (342' x 597'), covering a total
of 204,174 sq. feet. This
world-class pollution reduction program
eliminated deep well injection entirely and reduced total
waste releases by 97 percent.