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" The event tent structure was
designed and engineered in both the
U.S. and in Germany to meet specific
needs and desires of the hotel's
owners, " MacArthur explains. " It had
to jump out with impactful curb appeal
and provide an open, airy and congenial
atmosphere-what the Germans call
gem├╝tlichkeit. The event space also had
to offer both a closed-off storage area
and a 750-square-foot-covered veranda
patio bar capable of serving 50 guests. "
Once a final tent structure design
specification was agreed upon, the final
tent design was then engineered by
German and U.S. structural engineers
working together to ensure it met the
building and fire codes of all concerned
municipalities. Upon approval of
the permitting submittals package
and issuance of the building permit
by City of Chesterfield and St. Louis
County authorities having jurisdiction,
the tent structure was ordered to
be manufactured.
Arriving at Chesterfield in three sealed
40-foot oceangoing containers from
Germany in late December 2022, the
tent structure was offloaded by Traube
Tent in two days.
" More than 4,000 parts and pieces
were methodically laid out in the hotel's
parking lot to prepare for construction
of the building, " says MacArthur. " The
eight 75-foot-wide aluminum box beam
framing trusses with bracing were
assembled and pancake-stacked in the
parking lot so that, one by one, a 200-foot
crane could lift the whole truss assembly
80 feet high and swing it over to the
parking lot to the concrete event pad
where Traube's crew placed the truss'
side columns onto their respective base
plates and secured them into vertical. "
The crew took eight days to erect
and enclose the tent structure, making
it ready for tradespeople to come and
install electric, HVAC, fire suppression
systems and lighting.
" Traube was a great partner to have on
this project where communication was
key from the design and development
stages throughout installation of the final
product, " says Chad Smith, vice president
design, construction and facilities at
Lodging Hospitality Management in St.
Louis, Mo., who worked for DoubleTree.
" Product quality is everything we
expected and the interior fit-out by the
subcontractors went well thanks to the
tent's clearspan design. Guests are raving
about the space, so we're very pleased with
the final product that Traube delivered. "
" From the time of confirming their
order to the time of the event center's
grand opening, it took only seven months
to deliver a magnificent new event space
for the DoubleTree Hotel to offer to the
St. Louis community, " MacArthur says.
" Building costs were significantly less
than what a bricks-and-mortar structure
would have cost. "
But beyond the time and cost savings,
there was another reason the hotel
opted for a tent rather than a traditional
building. " We wanted to keep the same
feel of a whimsical tent, " explains Smith.
" Many wedding guests actually prefer
that over a ballroom space. "
MacArthur agrees. " The hotel owners
recognize that people just naturally
have more fun in tents than in any
other setting. "
The 75-foot-wide framing trusses were lifted
80 feet in the air by a 200-foot crane to the
concrete event pad installation site.
" The hotel owners
recognize that people
just naturally have more
fun in tents than in any
other setting. "
-David MacArthur
Traube Tent
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