Ottawa Convention Centre
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Part light fixture, part sculpture, the Veil installation at the Conrad Hotel in New York City wraps an incredible engineering feat in an exoskeleton of grace and beauty. Inspired by other architectural features within this luxury hotel, the upper and lower sections of the Veil are connected by 16 miles of glowing cables, creating an awe-inspiring, unforgettable visual tableau for visitors.
We were awarded the Conrad Veil project thanks to our reputation for doing extreme work. The word “extreme” describes pretty much every aspect of our role. The sculpture involves an upper veil and a lower veil, connected by more than 1,600 individual ropes. The upper level is box beam construction and the lower level comprises a series of irregularly shaped “rings.”
From a logistical perspective, the first challenge was that the upper and lower levels were overseen by different companies, and we had to bid on each half separately. We were fortunate to win both contracts – dividing the work among two organizations would have made this job even more complex.
Led by Feature Walters, our most important role in creating this structure was in the planning and foresight to preemptively anticipate challenges. We then oversaw manufacturing and installation of the Veil.