Chicago Flyhouse Blog

[Project Recap] Lyons Township High School Theater Rigging Update

Posted by Flyhouse on Jan 18, 2017 3:30:00 PM

There comes a point where all systems need an upgrade to make sure they continue to be safe, efficient, and operational. The rigging business is no different with its systems.

Lyons Township High School recently had Flyhouse upgrade their theatrical rigging system from a manual to an automated ETC rigging system. The previous system had become unsafe and dangerous to continue to use in productions.

Over the course of the project, Flyhouse demolished the existing counterbalance and out-of-compliance curtain system before any newer systems could be installed. The new rigging system included single and double purchase counterweight line sets, a motorized counterweight line set and dead hung side tabs for brand new curtains.

Lyons Install Final 12.jpg

While the newer rigging system was an upgrade, the already established structural features required some innovative methods to create workarounds to install the system. For Flyhouse, the challenge of installing around I-beams, an HVAC system, water pipes, and existing conduits was just another day at the office.

Lyons new theatrical rigging system is now up-to-date and productions can move forward safely.

Topics: Stage Rigging, Project Recaps, Flyhouse Projects

30 Seconds in the Shop - 3D Printer Edition

Posted by Flyhouse on Jan 12, 2017 9:25:00 AM

Advances in 3D printing have come a long way over the last few years. Flyhouse recently brought a 3D printer on to our team and we are excited to see what it can do. To break it in, we created a basic locking ring and waited an hour to see what would come of it. The results are below in our time-lapse video.

 

Topics: 30 Seconds in the Shop, Video, Flyhouse Team

Chicago Tribune Feature on Chi-Town Rising

Posted by Flyhouse on Dec 27, 2016 4:18:42 PM

Chicago Flyhouse and its friends working on Chi-Town Rising received a wonderful write-up from the Chicago Tribune on how the Rising Star is made possible. Take a look and get excited for New Year's Eve like we are!

http://trib.in/2iBExv8

Topics: Chi Town Rising, News

Prepared for Chicago Weather

Posted by Flyhouse on Dec 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Topics: News, Project Recaps, Chi Town Rising

5 Facts You Should Know About The Chi-Town Rising Star

Posted by Flyhouse on Dec 13, 2016 11:45:00 AM

The fabrication and installation of the Rising Star for Chi-Town Rising took approximately two and a half months to complete. While quite impressive from an event attendee's standpoint, the behind-the-scenes of the Star is even more impressive. 

5 Facts You Should Know About The Rising Star

  1. The Star is inspired by the second Star on the City’s flag and represents the Chicago Fire and the City’s phoenix-like rise from the ashes.

    Chicago Flag
  2. There are 200 electrical terminations used in each of the control boxes for the motors with 800 terminations used overall. 

  3. The Star will ascend 36 stories up Hyatt Regency Chicago’s West Tower.

    Hyatt Regency Chi Town Rising

  4. Each of the steel plates used for the project is galvanized and custom powder coated to match the façade of the Hyatt to keep the infrastructure as discreet as possible.

  5. The weight of the 12,000-pound Star is equivalent to that of three full-sized pickup trucks.

Chi Town Rising Star vs Trucks

To learn more about how Flyhouse was able to make this Star possible, read through our recap of last year's event.

Topics: Chi Town Rising, Facts, Flyhouse History