The CanopY Overhead Protection System


A New State-of-the-Art Overhead Protection System.
Designed to protect the public & look good doing it.

Since 1931 Universal Builders Supply (UBS) has been innovating overhead protection systems for construction and restoration projects of all sizes. Overhead protection has traditionally been utilitarian, constructed of metal posts, braces, and plywood that can impede pedestrian traffic and obstruct visibility. The Canopy System, developed over many years to meet evolving customer needs, revolutionizes the typical sidewalk shed with a contemporary design that combines form and function with aesthetics, while meeting code and maintaining structural integrity. With the implementation of the Canopy, an unsightly construction site can be transformed into an entirely different environment, creating a more pleasant and safe experience for all!

Contemporary look & finish 
Variety of decking materials
Colorful, customizable LED lighting
Sturdy, open design
Durable weather resistant finish
Customizable signage

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“The Center for Architecture is honored to debut the Canopy, the stylish new overhead protection system developed by UBS. The Canopy exceeds our expectations with its elegant white structure, transparent ceiling, and dynamic lighting that has brightened and enhanced our entryway.” —Ben Prosky, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director, AIA New York and the Center for Architecture

“I am a resident of 534 LaGuardia Place in NYC and I wanted to thank you for the new canopy that UBS installed in front of our building. It makes an enormous difference especially since Local Law 11 will require it to stay here for a number of months until edifice work is complete. It is such a vast improvement over the structures that exist throughout NYC and what they feel like just when going out for a walk—for example walking up lower Fifth Avenue makes me want to cross the street continually to avoid all the dark and unattractive coverings on the sidewalk. The design, the lighting makes it so attractive and I have noticed some people actually photographing and even filming underneath it. And as I resident looking down on it I can actually see the sidewalk and who is passing by. So all my thanks and congratulations on such a wonderful design!” —Dan Wigutow