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events | installation spotlight
A large staircase solved logistical and
aesthetic challenges for this wedding
and became part of the event space,
with guests enjoying cocktails and
mingling on it throughout the event.
Photos courtesy of Rain or Shine Tent
and Events Co.

Grand entrance
Rain or Shine Tent and Events solves a wedding's site challenges
with a decked tent and an epic staircase.

by the numbers
* 15-by-45-meter clearspan
* 5-meter-wide staircase
* 178 guests

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oct-nov 2019

ain or Shine Tent and Events Co. of
Randolph, Vt., has installed numerous
tents for weddings at the picturesque
Edson Hill resort in the Vermont ski town
of Stowe. But the scale of a July 2019 wedding required ingenuity and creative problem solving on the part of owner Perry
Armstrong and his Rain or Shine team.
The client desired a spacious clearspan tent with barnboard looring that resembles the loors in traditional Vermont
homes. The event would also require tents
for catering, a green room, the busing area
for dishes, in addition to generators to
power the site. All of this needed to it in a
limited space that was visible on all sides
to guests of the resort.
Planning began the previous October.
Armstrong suggested installing a deck
for the tent with the company's BilJax®
TF2100 engineered tent loor system,
which is designed to integrate scaffolding
with clearspan tents. The company surveyed the site with a laser level to determine what the installation would require
and pitched their plan.

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"One of the concerns was that on the
end of the deck, there was going to be a lat
space," Armstrong says. "We tried to igure
out how we could make that look more
appealing. There were also logistics about
getting the guests into the tent, and conlicts about where the catering tent would
be located. It's a pretty jammed up space."
During several meetings with the event
planning company Storied Events, a staircase was proposed, and Armstrong began
considering how it could be done with
specialty pieces of the TF system that were
originally designed for seating at golf tournaments. The product is a steel structure
that extends 3 meters for every 1-meter
drop, he explains.
"By taking four sets of those, we were
able to come down from the top of the
deck to the point where we could create
the landing, and then we custom built the
stairways off the landing," he says. "That
was the best solution, and it was the easiest and quickest solution, because it would
have been quite a feat to create that all out
of wood."



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