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decker was 23 by 65 meters at the
Breeders' Cup World Championship
horse races in Lexington, Ky.
Smith says the company has
constructed tents that go up three levels,
and in fact could go higher. " We could go
four if we need to, " he says. " We had an
inquiry this year to go four, and we were
prepared to do it had it materialized. "
STRUCTURAL CHALLENGES
According to McCollister, all of Shaffer's
structures are made of aluminum,
with the roof and sidewalls of regular
tent vinyl. " We do have the ability to
put hard wall or glass wall in place of
vinyl sidewall, but there is nothing
from the standpoint of materials
and construction that's any different
between a single and multistory tent.
" Some people like the enclosed
structures with a window to look out, " he
adds. " And it just gives more of a finished
formal look to use hard walls and glass
walls instead of conventional vinyl. "
Smith says increasing the size and height
of tents at these events involves several
added challenges. " More floors mean
more steel. If you want to go four levels,
that's going to require quite a bit more
steel in the bottom level. As you go higher,
you have to be able to bear the additional
weight-that's really the limitation. "
Managing rainfall and drainage
issues can also be difficult. " Most folks
want an open deck or patio on the top
portion, " McCollister explains. " But
that means you have to prevent the
water off the top floor from draining
on to the floors below. You can't take
the same waterproofing measures you
use in commercial building. We have to
install waterproofing panels and custom
fabricate vinyl guttering systems to keep
water from flowing to the lower levels.
That's been a learning process over
the last six years, but it gets better with
every year. "
TOP: This 15-meter Losberger De Boer
maxi flex multistory tent was the site
of the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Photos
courtesy of ADAPTIV Structure Solutions.
RIGHT: The Losberger De Boer German
Home Show was held in a Losberger De
Boer 30-meter maxi flex Arcum.
HVAC requirements can be a little
different for multistory tents as well.
" Ducting has to be done underneath the
bottom level or on back walkways, " says
McCollister. " But what was a challenge
five or six years ago has become almost
second nature. Other suppliers in the
industry have grown their capabilities,
too, as the tents have become more
complex, and that makes it easier. "
The most challenging setup McCollister
and Smith have been involved with?
" That would be the Presidents Cup
this past year, " says Smith. " This was the
25-meter structure, and they wanted us
to cut out the floor in the middle, so we
had a mezzanine. We'd never done that
before. We had to do some extra bracing
and built part of the floor outside the
main tent for stability. "
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