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open air steel structures

open air steel structures Open Air Steel Structures… a fancy way of saying canopy, something we’ve been mastering for 50+ years. Open Air Steel Structures are not products on a dusty shelf. Each canopy is project specific for a wide range of commercial, institutional, and retail applications. While canopies are custom, we leverage our experience to minimize cost. As the design evolves, so does price. We call this dynamic pricing - an efficient way of keeping everyone informed about cost. Connection to nature and fresh air is key to happiness and good health. This is why most of our structures are open, yet protected from the elements overhead. All structures are designed to connect us to nature - Biophilic Design, while some structures are designs inspired by nature – Biomimicry. Why steel? Because it’s durable, beautiful and recyclable. Engineered to perform; designed to impress; built for a lifetime. Be open.


applications +walkways +entrances +destinations +performance +feature +shade +urban renewal +brise soleil 1

it starts with a sketch... If you can think of a structural steel canopy design, chances are we can make it. From simple to complex, freestanding to incorporated into another design. All you need to do is send us a sketch (yes, they can be on napkins), a concept, PDF, CAD or SketchUp files. Our job is to realize your vision. Your design meets our experience. It’s a creative partnership.


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County of Riverside. Design by Schmidt Design Group, Inc.

DEFI convention > Unleash your inner rebel and ‘defi’ conventional steel fabrication. While we don’t offer products, we do offer a simple, time tested process. We call it DEFI convention and every step is completed in house, under one roof. This process saves time, energy and effort with single source accountability. Concept to Completion in <6 Months. DEFI Process: Design

Our Offer: Create preliminary drawings, renders, budget pricing, evolve the design, partner with you to realize your vision

Timeline: 2-3 weeks


Loads & calculations, foundations & footings, frame, roof & connections; sealed & stamped in the state of installation

4-6 weeks


Tube steel, architectural welds, AESS standard, powder coated, hidden bolts, designed to eliminate bird nesting, no exposed conduit, 10 year warranty

10-12 weeks


‘Erector set’ bolt together install. In some markets 1-2 weeks we offer installation. In others, we recommend a certified installer. General Contractors can also install and even be certified.

imagine the possibilities…

We’ve got you covered.

It’s good to have options. Select a roof, we incorporate it along with our steel frame and run it through our unique DEFI process.

make an entrance.

walk this way.

define space.


create a destination. 844.748.9698 a division of porter corp.

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