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A crew of 15 from PRO EM National Event
Services installed this tent at the MGM Grand
Hotel on the Las Vegas strip in 36 hours and
removed it in 24. Photo courtesy of PRO EM
National Event Services.

exclusive venues, I will attempt to
permanently store them in a parking
lot." This saves the client a substantial
amount of money over the cost of
having to ship ballast to a site.
Tents and structures often need to
be installed to withstand high wind
speed, and the required wind load will
factor into the ballast weight. "A lot
of the municipalities tell us we've got
to meet 110-to-115-mph wind load,"
Frost says. "Informally, we found that
10 to 15 pounds per square foot on the
smaller tents is adequate. However,
you could be up to 20 to 25 pounds
per square foot on the larger tents."

GOING UP?
Urban areas are often short on space,
which leads event planners to look
up. Rooftop tenting offers a sense of
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exclusivity and spectacular views,
especially for an evening event. But
a rooftop site further increases the
complexity of a tent installation. The
tent, equipment and ballast all have
to be safely and ef iciently moved
to the roof. In addition, a roof has a
higher wind-load requirement than
a ground-level site, and it's unlikely
that the building was constructed to
accept the weight required to safely
ballast a temporary structure.
"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," Farrell says. "I will
talk with the building engineer and let
them know the pounds per square inch
that I'm going to put in certain areas,
and that it's not an evenly distributed
load. I'm putting concentrated load
points on tent legs or structure legs
with ballast. That usually turns into
a 'no' answer from the engineers."
When an event has drawn to a
close, tent and event rental companies
must return to the event site, strike
the tent, remove the ballast and
retrieve all equipment. Often the
crews must pack up, load and leave
regardless of the weather and within
tight time frames because the sites
are located on prime real estate. The
goal is to leave the site in the same
condition as before the event.
Tented events in urban locations
are often lavish, big-budget affairs,
and they are accompanied by a set
of complexities above and beyond
a typical tent installation. If you
successfully overcome the logistics,
timeline, permitting and anchoring
challenges of these installations, no
one would blame you for humming
along with Sinatra, "I'm king of
the hill, top of the heap."
Paul Johnson is a writer based in Minnesota.



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