This learning unit will examine the traditional methods and materials used in fabric structure design and construction, and then will introduce the reader to newer styles and building technologies available today. This course will also explore the benefits of rigid steel frame construction and demonstrate how these attributes are similar in both conventional buildings and fabric structures. Finally, this course will discuss the merits of using rigid steel framing in fabric structure construction when considering added architectural features, building supplies, collateral loads, the support of conveyors and cranes and deflection limits.