Chicago Flyhouse Blog

[Project Recap] Uniqlo Lighting Hoist System

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Uniqlo is a Japanese casual fashion retailer with an avid following. Being new to Chicago, Uniqlo opened a 60,000-square-foot, three-level store on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue in the fall of 2015; the largest of other U.S. locations except for the flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York.

For the new store, Uniqlo looked to install five ceiling light bars that came down from their 60’ high ceiling. In most cases, ladders or a lift system would be used for the lighting maintenance, but given the store’s structural features, it would not work for this particular space. Aside from the ceiling height, Uniqlo’s trademark long escalator provided only limited access to a lighting system.

To combat the issue, Flyhouse installed a hoist system inside the ceiling allowing for the five light bars to be easily lowered to the ground for any maintenance. On a fast timeline and with construction delays, Flyhouse installed the hoist system to meet the needs of this unique store.

Topics: Project Recaps, Flyhouse Projects

[Project Recap] Southeast Area Elementary School Dead Hung Line Set

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Southeast Area Elementary is a new school in the southeastern section of Chicago. The three-story, 110,000 square foot building is able to house 1,200 students with 44 classrooms to accommodate them.

As part of the new construction, a stage and theater area was designed on one-half of a gymnasium, where performances and other events were able to take place.

Flyhouse was brought in to install 18 dead hung line sets with travelers and a curtain system.

Installing a dead hung line set system is a fairly standard project where steel pipe battens, suspended by a chain, have the ability to hang curtain tracks, lights or other items needed for a performance.

Southeast Area Elementary (Chicago)

During the installation process, Flyhouse’s team observed the roof in the gymnasium where the line set system was to go had a noticeable and challenging slant. In order to complete the install, Flyhouse needed to discover a technique to the counter the slant and still get the job done on-time.

By hanging supplemental steel that countered the unusual structural steel hung above the stage, a standard hanging grid was fabricated so that the usual hanging points for standard line sets were created. Our full custom fabrication shop lets us meet challenges like these as we can take any and all forms of steel and aluminum to meet all structural challenges.

Flyhouse was able to make installation a success and exited stage left to another project before the lights came up on the first performance.


Topics: Project Recaps, Flyhouse Projects

[Photos] Busch Gardens Kinetix

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 3, 2016 10:25:42 AM

Every summer, Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida creates an entertainment atmosphere for everyone needing an escape from the minutiae of life. One aspect is their Kinetix show which incorporates modern music, pyrotechnics, stunts, and performer flying. 

For the last few years, the Kinetix show has had an assist from Flyhouse to make their performers fly through the air with ease. By using our Ziplift 300 series hoist system, performers are secure and can go about their work of entertaining the crowds with no issues. 




Topics: Performer Flying, Project Recaps, Flyhouse Projects

[Photo] Did You Know...

Posted by Flyhouse on Jul 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Topics: Facts, Flyhouse Projects

[Video] Flying Through the Air

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 20, 2016 1:58:07 PM

Ever wonder what it would be like to fly through the air? Aly, from "You, and Me This Morning," stopped by Chicago Flyhouse a few years ago to test our performer flying hoist system (Ziplift).


Topics: News, Performer Flying, Flyhouse Projects