Last summer, Todd Bender, CityKidz Executive Director approached Walters about a sound and lighting stage they were planning for within their new theatre design. The theatre was to be decorated in a forest and jungle theme by an interior and/or set designer when complete. Kristof Janukiewicz, our Senior BIM Modeller at Walters, met with Todd to discuss exactly what they had in mind.
The design went through several phases before Walters came up with a concept that met all of CityKidz’ needs and increased the overall floor place. We decided to keep the structure very simple to allow for set designers to dress the stage, and pushed the supporting columns as far back against the wall and as close together as possible – which will cantilever the transverse and longitudinal supporting beams.
When dressed, these columns will become one tree trunk and will be hidden by the tree/branch dressings. The stage will be anchored to a rear block wall to counter the cantilever. This will allow access under the stage and will give an almost floating look to the stage. The design is completely modular with the heaviest main supporting assemblies not exceeding 200 lbs.
Also involved in the project were Walters employees Diane Sivakumaran, BIM Modeller who helped with the final touches of the design and detailing, and Mark Nywening, who was the Project Engineer. The stage has been fabricated by Walters’ fabrication volunteers and is awaiting installation before receiving final dressing and finishes.
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