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Flyhouse Motorized Curtain (Shedd Aquarium)

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 9, 2018 4:33:24 PM

A few years back, Flyhouse installed one of the largest motorized curtains in the United States at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Today, we received a video from a friend of Flyhouse showing the curtain in action during one of its recent daily performances. We continue to be excited by this project and love that people share the excitement with us! To learn more about this project, look back at the project profile of the Shedd Aquarium.

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Flyhouse in the Wall Street Journal

Posted by Flyhouse on Jul 17, 2018 9:26:41 AM

New stadiums come with all the bells and whistles necessary to please a fan base ready to believe this is the year their team makes it. This is true of the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. 

Opening in 2016, U.S. Bank Stadium has a capacity to hold up to 73,000 fans. The uniqueness of the stadium comes in the translucent design. Whereas many major stadiums began building retractable roofs to accommodate varying weather conditions, U.S. Bank Stadium is fully translucent (60% Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene - clear plastic) allowing for protection against cold weather and rain elements. It is also the largest ceiling of its kind spanning 240,000 square feet.

U.S. Bank Stadium

The NCAA Final Four basketball tournament will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019. So what happens when you take a predominately indoor sport and bring it outside to the masses? You find a darkening solution to make it possible.

Chicago Flyhouse was one of two companies selected by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to darken the stadium for the event. Flyhouse will focus its efforts on the glass windows and the doors of the entire stadium.

A recent Wall Street Journal article provides some insight into the process of what it takes to host Final Four games in an outdoor venue.

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Flyhouse Goes to China with Cirque du Soleil

Posted by Flyhouse on Jul 13, 2018 11:13:41 AM

Cirque Productions Blog 1

Over the last week, Flyhouse has had a trainer in China to provide rope splicing and cable crimping training for the Cirque du Soleil show "Kooza." This is the first in a series of three worldwide tours we will be providing training for. Flyhouse will also be involved in a series of rigging training with the group later in the year for a new permanent show in China. As we spend more time there, we will be sharing more of our experience. Stay tuned!

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Field Museum of Natural History

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 7, 2018 11:38:39 AM

Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History recently underwent a major renovation of their Stanley Field Hall.

The motivation for this overhaul was to replace (and move to another location) the world-renowned SUE, a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that had been on display since May 2000, with a cast of the largest dinosaur ever found, Patagotitan mayorum, more colloquially known as the titanosaur named Máximo. While the renovation on the ground took place, Flyhouse crews hustled 75 feet above in the ceiling to add additional touches to the exhibit by installing hanging gardens and flying birds.

The Field project consists of four hanging gardens with an internal irrigation system. The hanging gardens, created in a bio-polymer derived from plant material, supports plant life including those from a prehistoric era; each garden weighs anywhere from 5,000 – 18,000 lbs. Along with the gardens, a life-sized replica of the largest flying reptile ever discovered, a Quetzalcoatlus, was suspended from the ceiling. The Quetzalcoatlus spans 35 feet across and weighs over 500 lbs. Two smaller Pteranodons weighing 90 lbs. each were also part of the install.

Field Museum Blog

Early in the concept phase, the museum understood that specialty rigging would be needed to fulfill their imaginative dreams. They incorporated their artistic team along with Flyhouse’s automation design team to make sure ideas could become a reality. Flyhouse ensured them there was a solution.

Over the course of six weeks, Flyhouse worked in the ceiling of the Field Museum to create the infrastructure to support the weight of the display’s hanging items. The first step in any design is to determine how to install all the system components.

With the hall’s immense ceiling, hauling supplemental steel and automation equipment to the ceiling is a challenge. Flyhouse custom designed and engineered a massive OSHA-compliant working platform with a 14-ton working capacity that transported all the equipment from the ground to the ceiling. This kept all patrons, equipment, and museum aesthetics underneath safe from overhead dangers along with providing complete access to everywhere in the ceiling for the installation.

Field Museum 1

Flyhouse installed two large capacity and one medium capacity hoists with lots of supplemental steel and equipment to automate the four hanging gardens. The automation system is a fixed-speed system moving up to 16 feet per minute with the ability to set custom trims. To adhere to the museum’s LEED status, the braking system is a regenerative system that not only helps with heat accumulation in the ceiling but also helps with power consumption by placing electricity back into the building. With a custom-designed touchscreen control created specifically for this space, museum staff can move the gardens into various positions dependent upon need.

By giving The Field Museum the possibility to design Stanley Field Hall to their unique specifications, Flyhouse has opened a world of possibilities to those who have large-scale dreams.

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Dear Flyhouse - Field Museum #2

Posted by Flyhouse on May 31, 2018 4:49:33 PM
Field Letter 2 Draft 1

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