When you have a project to test, you call in the staff circus arts expert to test it. Today with 30 Seconds in the Shop, we hoist up our latest project and spin it around.
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.
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.
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.