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[Project Recap] Cherry Hills Community Church

Posted by Flyhouse on Sep 6, 2016 12:25:51 PM

The spoken word is a powerful tool. It can create new worlds to explore, evoke laughter from a phrase, and it can be spiritually fulfilling.

Each week, Cherry Hills Community Church of Highlands Ranch, Colorado provides the words to fill the heart with joy and heal the hearts full of sadness.

In order to create an atmosphere conducive to their work, Cherry Hills contacted Flyhouse to install blackout shades and light block channels to surround the 24 window bays within the worship hall. The previous shades were no longer efficient and they wanted to be able to do a full blackout and have control over all of their lighting elements.

To achieve this goal, Flyhouse installed a variable speed motorized curtain system for 24 window bays. Each bay has two motorized shades built into one assembly allowing them to move at up to two ft/sec. Each bay includes a blackout shade and a room darkening shade; a total of 48 variable speed shades.

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(Cherry Hills Window Shades Being Closed)


The largest shade was 23 W X 16 H ft which meant that Flyhouse had to assemble all parts used for the project on-site at Cherry Hills.

The control system for window shades was customized to give the user a fully programmable and visual interface of the shade system.

After the installation was complete, Cherry Hills is now secure in knowing the control system also has remote access capability allowing Flyhouse to troubleshoot and upgrade the system without having to be on location.

Topics: Project Recaps

[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

[Video] 30 Seconds in the Shop (Aloft)

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 24, 2016 9:27:26 AM
Flyhouse is taking 30 Seconds in the Shop on the road this week to a project we have been working on. 
 
When a 109-year-old church becomes the new performance space for an aerial and circus arts training facility, Flyhouse got the call to produce a brand new rigging grid system.
 
Flyhouse has worked with Aloft Loft and Aloft Circus Arts for many years to assist in performer flying rigging, performer flying safety, and performer flying training. We are excited for their new space to open and allow individuals the opportunity to soar through the air.
 

Topics: Performer Flying, Video, 30 Seconds in the Shop, Project Recaps

[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

[Video] 30 Seconds in the Shop [Flyhouse Washers]

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM
Each week we will take you back to our warehouse or on-site for 30 seconds to see what is being done to offer custom solutions to our rigging projects. 
 
This week we finalize some of our custom Flyhouse washers for an upcoming project. 
 

Topics: Video, 30 Seconds in the Shop, Project Recaps