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"We knew we had a suf icient
number of jobs to make the necessary
ROI," McMinn says. "This can be a
big barrier to entry for some rental
businesses because you need to
have the commitment irst."
There are other considerations,
he adds. Multilevel structures
require experienced, well-trained,
"construction-oriented" crews and
special safety precautions such as
fall protection and railings. When
crew members are working at
double- and triple-decker heights,
insurance and workers' compensation
will receive more scrutiny. Egress
requirements increase, as do
requirements related to the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
including the need for elevators.
"The equipment is more robust
and requires more engineering than
single-level structures as well as
special racking, shipping and handling
tools," McMinn says. "We're also seeing
increased building and ire code
enforcement across the country."
Storage is another consideration.
Because of their bulk and the number
of parts, multilevel structures require
additional space, even though they're
not likely to be rented as often as
standard tents. It's also imperative
that crews are trained in operating
heavy-duty forklifts, scissor lifts and

cranes, Brancato says,
adding that crew sizes will
probably increase as well.
Despite these caveats, tent
rental companies may want
to give multilevel tents serious
thought, because these structures
can be fairly lucrative.
"The more you're able to increase
square footage, the more accessories
and other supporting equipment can
be offered by the rental company,"
Brancato says. "The revenue
density of the job is increased and
over-pro it dollars can follow."
With a 6.8-meter side-height,
Traube's multilevel structures feature
ground and mezzanine levels, both
with a ceiling height of more than
10 feet. Traube rents glass and hard
wall options along with multiple stair
con igurations for these structures-
illustrating the additional upselling
opportunities of high-end accessories.
Brancato anticipates the clamor for
these structures to escalate. McInnes
says the same. "The demand is sky
high," he says. "We've recently done
some three-level structures here in the
USA, and I only see more demand on
the horizon. If they're already coming,
build it bigger and more will come."
Pamela Mills-Senn is a Long Beach, Calif.-based
freelance writer.

LEFT: Beautifully illuminated, this large
Dome Double Decker by Liri Tent US,
installed at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico
Open, provided a compelling focal point
and showcased the decor of the interior
RIGHT: The Losberger Emporium doubledecker, installed here by Traube Tents and
Structures, can be designed with open
patios, covered balconies, interior and
exterior stairwells, glass and hard walls, and
almost any interior finish desired. Photos
courtesy of Traube Tents and Structures.
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