Chicago Flyhouse Blog

2019 Final Four Basketball Tournament with an assist by Flyhouse

Posted by Flyhouse on Apr 3, 2019 9:18:46 PM
In oder to manage light control requirements of NCAA Final Four, Chicago Flyhouse Inc. installed nearly seven miles of fabric at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn ahead of the championship games that begin this Saturday, April 6.
 
Flyhouse partnered with Rose Brand to fabricate inherently flame retardant synthetic velour, which Flyhouse hung around the perimeter of the 1.75 million square foot venue. The lightweight blackout liner and pewter-colored fabrics were selected to draw minimal attention to curtain systems used throughout the stadium. 
 
One curtained section required a drape that measured over 63,000 square feet—enough to cover 14 basketball courts.
 
Flyhouse also designed and fabricated a proprietary and fully networked chain hoist control system, which reduces the overall cable and power requirements at the stadium. The semi-permanent motorized truss system gives U.S. Bank Stadium an easy-to-use lightweight control system for future events.
 North Clerestory from Court-1
 
“We are honored to work with U.S. Bank Stadium and the NCAA Final Four on such an iconic national sports event,” says Flyhouse founder Mark Witteveen. “This is an example of what Flyhouse does best: taking unusual requests and impossible problems and turning them into extraordinary solutions.”
 
The entire project took approximately eight months and required custom design drawings, system mock-ups, and engineering review. 
 
Flyhouse was also contracted by the Minnesota Sports Authority to add an additional 67,000 square feet of acoustic drapery to improve the stadium’s sound quality for upcoming events.
 

Topics: Flyhouse Projects

Rigging Terms: Planner's Pocket Dictionary

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 25, 2018 1:59:19 PM

Reflected ground plan? Allowable load? Fly? Any of these sound familiar to you? If you are a rigger, they are commonly used terms. If you are an event planner, you probably are looking them up right now. Well, you don't have to go far because we can help you out.

Flyhouse appeared inside a recent edition of the Illinois Meetings + Events magazine to fill in the definitions of commonly used rigging terms.

Flyhouse Rigging Terms

Topics: News, Theatrical Rigging, Rigging Facts

Flyhouse Installations

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 8, 2018 12:08:46 PM

Each day it is safe to say Flyhouse is somewhere installing a number of different items for our projects. In this video, we emphasize our more unique motorized curtain projects including at the more than 500-feet wide marine-grade curtain at the Shedd Aquarium

 To view this video on YouTube, please click here.

Topics: Video, Flyhouse Projects

The Effects of Kinks on Wire Ropes

Posted by Flyhouse on Sep 24, 2018 10:44:18 AM

Wire rope is the lifeblood of the entertainment industry and we use miles and miles of it. At certain points, the wire ropes will get slight bends or severe kinks. Does it have an impact on the performance? Flyhouse tested three different scenarios to see what would happen. 

 Click here to watch this video on YouTube

Topics: Video

Behind the Scenes: Shop Fabrication

Posted by Flyhouse on Sep 14, 2018 10:10:11 AM

There are many phases of a project before we can call it complete. Bidding, drawings, submittals, fabrication - the list continues. One of the most important aspects is what happens in the fabrication shop before the trucks get loaded to head to the installation site. Here's a small taste of what our shop team does to make that happen.

Topics: Video