Ocean Avenue School



Portland Outdoor Classroom - Deering HS sq

Bring spatial definition to outdoor classrooms and provide teachers and students with outdoor shade and light protection from the elements with freestanding four-point shade wings. Designed in Rockland, Maine by Duvall Design and fabricated in Gorham, Maine by Transformit.

Volume discounts available to schools.


  • 3-season design
  • Freestanding designs available, with no building attachments or permanent foundations required
  • Installation by Transformit
  • Easy 30-minute uninstall / reinstallation
  • Commercial exterior grade mesh fabric
  • Fire resistance certified to NFPA 701
  • Designed and fabricated in Maine


  • Artful design
  • Reduces harmful UV rays
  • Reduces glare
  • Gives definition to outdoor learning spaces
  • Engineered for exterior environments
  • Durable and long-lasting


  • Multiple colors available
  • Custom sizes available
  • Seasonal installation and removal

28' Seven-point Freestanding Wing:
28' Six-point Freestanding Wing: 
30' Five-point Semi-permanent:
28' Four-point Freestanding Wing
24' Four-point Freestanding Wing:
*Discount available to schools for volume purchases

Price includes:

  • Shade wing
  • Commercial grade aluminum poles and footings
  • All hardware and lines for installation
  • USA made steel stakes
  • Storage bag


Initial installation by Transformit required and is not included in purchase price.

Installation cost varies based on the number and location(s) of wings to be installed.

Custom Design and Fabrication

We also offer custom shade solutions for school facilities, including indoor and outdoor installations.

With site-specific design, we can solve for the particular needs of a school landscape or building.

Exterior installations expand the learning environment beyond school walls and interior installations improve acoustics, reduce glare, and bring artful expression into classroom, community, and working spaces .

Husson College

Sea Salt

SeaSalt - IMG_0731 sq

Bath Library Teen Room

Transformit + Duvall Design

Sharing an artistic vision for the expression and performance potential inherent in tensile structures, Transformit and Duvall Design have been collaborating for 30-years, creating world-class fabric structures for education, civic, commercial, and residential clients. 

IMG_5878 sq



Camden Residence

Farnsworth Museum

Exterior Shade

Duvall Designs

Duvall Designs

Shade structures for education, civic, commercial, and residential environments.

Custom and Ready-made

Designed • Fabricated • Installed

Made in Maine


Bring shade into your built environment with Transformit + Duvall Design.

About Transformit

We are a design/build studio near Portland, Maine and tensile textiles are our medium.

We bring an artistic sensibility and technical expertise to concept development, design, fabrication, and installation. Working for and with architects, interior designers, exhibit designers, and event producers, we create artful installations that walk lightly on the earth for interior, outdoor, and experiential environments. Our work has been installed internationally in commercial, cultural, hospitality, retail, residential, wellness, and civic buildings and landscapes.

In addition to custom work,  we offer an extensive catalog of creative tension-fabric elements designed and ready-made for purchase or rent.

About Duvall Design

Charles Duvall started working with fabric structures as a designer and developer of camping tents. Inspired by flowers, leaves, branches, and other lightweight yet resilient natural structures, many of Duvall's original tent designs became popular in the U.S., Europe, and especially Japan, where they were recognized for their simple beauty, elegant structure, and sturdy performance.  Duvall Design has evolved into a highly focused artistic shop, working in fabric and frame as the primary medium but looking at the finished result as something more than that – as a truly dynamic space.

Outdoor Classrooms Contact Form



33 Sanford Drive
Gorham, Maine 04038  USA