Case Studies

How we approach each project is just as important as the beauty, quality and longevity of our canopies.

Read our case studies to get a better sense of the expertise behind the canopies.

October 24, 2016

Pre-engineered metal buildings are, no doubt, efficient building structures, but they are often less appreciated because the visual potential is seldom developed compared to normally constructed buildings. In reality, it takes only a little design creativity with color, landscaping treatments and façade accents to bring  the building  to life and draw… [ Read More ]


September 16, 2016

There are times in a design scheme that a minimal look is what you want to see and that look relates to the canopies and sunshades on the project. Mapes can do that. And do it well and with style choices you can work with to meet your design objectives…. [ Read More ]


August 29, 2016

Mother Nature, both an artist extraordinaire and, at times, a pain to deal with. Snow drifted onto overhead building canopies can be a beautiful artistic creation of Mother Nature and she often surprises us with her creations in some unwanted places. That would be on the top of building roofs… [ Read More ]


May 12, 2016

“Form follows function” is an old saying from years ago. Not only in past building styles but in new buildings as well. The brand new The Fresh Market building in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania is a very good example. The building follows the design themes of many years ago with durable… [ Read More ]


February 23, 2016

The need to combine functionality with visual appeal in architecture is a common occurrence. A balance between the two requires understanding priorities for each aspect. With the new school building for The Linwood Center, the dictates of the building purpose and the building siting established set parameters of need for… [ Read More ]


January 19, 2016

The new Avalon Elementary School exemplifies contemporary architectural design trends in the use of mixed materials and surface textures in the exterior elevations. The new school is in Fort Washington, Prince Georges County, Maryland. This school is just south of Alexandria and not too far from the Potomac River—a good… [ Read More ]


December 10, 2015

When you build anything in a coastal zone of Florida, you need to expect some very windy days. Enough to huff and puff and blow your house down. This 5 Guys Restaurant is only 15 miles inland from Ft Myers Beach, Florida and is in a windy 130 mph wind… [ Read More ]


August 18, 2015

Who has not looked at an existing underutilized or empty warehouse building constructed of precast “twin T” style concrete walls. This construction style was both strong in design and quick to erect but when no longer needed for the intended purpose, it was hard to work with the exterior wall… [ Read More ]


August 7, 2015

The downtown area of Del Ray Beach, Florida where this project is located, has long been a destination for tourists and beach lovers.  In the last several years downtowns everywhere have been diversifying with more accommodations for both living and working in the downtown environs. While downtown Del Ray Beach… [ Read More ]


July 29, 2015

The building design and usage required substantial natural lighting and benefited from the southern exposure for that purpose. But along with the benefit came the heat gain situation with the larger windows being used. It was a natural conclusion to provide a shading component to the building façade which faces… [ Read More ]