Chicago Flyhouse Blog

Wintrust Arena - Blackout Curtains

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 26, 2017 2:50:51 PM

Popcorn in hand, soda to the right, the sound barrels through the speakers and the lights dim to near blackout levels, the ambiance of the room is perfect to escape from reality for a few hours.

The right environment can make or break an event instantly for those in attendance. When your favorite musician is about to play their first note, the mood set right before they play is of the utmost importance and light leaks can interrupt that mood and spoil the environment.

Wintrust Arena, new home to the DePaul University Blue Demon basketball teams and entertainment events, considered this exact scenario and focused on reducing light leaks it would receive throughout its new building.

To achieve this, installation of different blackout style curtains was needed. Using a mix of manual bi-part and one-way draw curtains along with numerous motorized roman shades, Flyhouse delivered on its promise to create an efficient and suitable atmosphere for all types of future events.

 

For the upper bowl seating and arena-ends, Flyhouse installed a series of remote operated roman shades to reduce light spill. The roman shades are of varying heights and widths, some upwards of 100 ft wide, to cover the expansive areas of windows and in hard to reach areas where a manual system would not be possible. The motorized component allows the shades to raise and lower at a variable speed of 20 feet/minute and uses a wireless controller that is able to operate at several locations within the arena. However, should the wireless controllers become inoperable, the system also has a hardwired pendant allowing the system to remain operational through another control point.

An added benefit of installing blackout curtains throughout the arena are the acoustical properties they gain. The heavier fabric used in these curtains helps absorb and dampen the sound emitted from the event and those in attendance. 

The manual curtains are hand-operated at vomitory and aisle entry locations of the venue which will provide a reduction of ambient light seen by fans and performers. It required the use of 1,700 feet of I-Beam style tracks and nearly 1,800 curtain carriers to complete this portion of the installation.

Wintrust Arena is now in the position to offer the environment needed for each event; darkness or light depending on what is desirable to set the mood.

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Topics: Flyhouse Projects, Arenas

Where's Flyhouse?

Posted by Flyhouse on Jul 14, 2017 3:57:29 PM

One of the perks of doing all the work we do at Flyhouse is the places we get to see during that time. We not only work in our own backyard of Chicago, we rack up the frequent flyer miles all over the world. Here's a sample of what we are doing in July.

Flyhouse July Whereabouts


Projects

Wintrust Arena - Chicago, IL 

Wintrust Arena

Geneseo High School - Geneseo, IL 

Geneseo High School

Lake Forest High School - Lake Forest, IL

Lake Forest High School

Grand Valley State University - Allendale, MI

Grand Valley State University

Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, MI

Little Caesars Arena


Trainings

Rigging Training - Brooklyn, NY

Brilliance of the Seas (Royal Carribean Cruise Line) Training - Barcelona, Spain

Freedom of the Seas (Royal Carribean Cruise Line) Training -  Barcelona, Spain | Pisa, Italy

Millenium (Celebrity Cruise Line) Training -  Juneau, Alaska

Topics: Flyhouse History, Flyhouse Projects

Flyhouse Projects Featured in ETCP Newsletter

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 6, 2017 9:42:30 AM

Flyhouse was recently featured in the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Industry News section of the spring 2017 newsletter. Our projects at Chesapeake Energy Arena and Shirley Ryan Ability Lab received mention.

 ETCP Logo

Topics: News, Performer Flying, Hoist System, Acoustical Baffles, Flyhouse Projects, Arenas

June Projects in the Windy City

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 5, 2017 4:04:00 PM

Flyhouse travels all around the world to provide solutions to the rigging requests we receive. Over the next month, we find ourselves working on several landmark projects closer to our Chicago home. Since we are a Chicago-born company, it's exciting to be part of the growth of local cornerstones known throughout the United States. So where can you find us in the Windy City during the month of June?

Steppenwolf Theatre

Steppenwolf Theater

(Photo Credit: TimeOut Chicago)

Wintrust Arena (McCormick Square)

Wintrust Arena

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare

Navy Pier (Polk Brothers Park)

Polk Brothers Park(Photo Credit: Navy Pier)

Topics: Flyhouse Projects

Award-Winning Project

Posted by Flyhouse on May 31, 2017 10:38:45 AM

In the summer of 2016, Flyhouse was part of a $52 million renovation project at Lane Tech High School, the largest high school in Chicago with 4,500 students. 

On May 23, 2017 project General Contractor, Tyler Lane Construction Inc received two awards for the work done on this project at the Chicago Building Congress’ annual Merit Awards dinner; the Owner’s Choice Award and the Rehab Construction Award. 

While we may have only been a small part of the project, we are honored to be in good company along with everyone else making this project a reality.

Lane Tech High School Award(Photo Courtesy of Tyler Lane Construction Inc.)

Topics: Flyhouse Projects, Project Recaps