InTents October/November 2019 - 30

There are a lot of people
who want to have rooftop
events and they probably
shouldn't because most
rooftops can't support the
weight of a ballasted tent.
-Dan Farrell

30 intents

oct-nov 2019

This custom 15-by-45-foot "lean-to" tent by
Aztec Tents protects guests for six months
of the year at ATWater Tavern on Pier 50
in San Francisco. The installation by Big 4
Party Rentals required approval from the
San Francisco Building Dept., the Port of San
Francisco and the Bay Area Conservation
Development Commision, with loading for
the building engineered as well as the tent.
Photo courtesy of Big 4 Party Rentals Inc.

Engineering that takes the guesswork
out of properly ballasting a tent
under a variety of conditions.
Often a rubber mat or wood shims
are installed under the metal base
plates for concrete ballasting. "We
put down a rubber mat underneath
the weight plates to create that
friction and also protect the surface,
or we're putting down ¾-inch wood
shim with AstroTurf®," Starr says.

"Because it's not the uplift that you're
always trying to protect against but
from a strong side wind gust."
Concrete ballast is heavy and
therefore expensive to transport,
and the cost is generally passed
on to the client. Many companies
use 1,500- to 5,000-pound ballast
blocks to weight large tents.
"We've implemented round [blocks]
for smaller tents," says Dan Farrell,
general manager with Marquee Event
Rentals, which has locations in Kansas
City, Chicago and several Texas cities.
"Here in Kansas City, we use a lot of
road barriers. I have them starting at
1,800 pounds and they go up to 4,000
pounds and then 10-foot K-rails in
the 5,000-pound range. At our more



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