Stage Lift Control Replacement

We recently completed a full replacement of the Stage Lift control system at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL.

The college did not have a fully functioning stage lift system so they put out for bid a replacement to an antiquated system without having to change out the entire pit lift.

Working with our ViaController and our system integration, we were able to put in an updated motor control cabinet and a wall mounted control panel that will easily allow the trained staff to operate this original system with a push of a button.

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National Sawdust and iWeiss

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Photo Credit: Floto Warner

“Massive” black and white velour drapery surround Brooklyn’s music venue, National Sawdust, creating an “acoustic envelope”.   We built and installed a line-shaft for lighting positions and all of the drapery is hanging on iWeiss curtain track and attached by custom brackets into the solid concrete shell.

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Arup Acoustics – Acoustic and Theatrical Consultants

                                     Photo Credit:   Scott Heins

 

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Marist College

iWeiss recently completed a renovation at Marist College in the Music Building and Student Center Renovations.

The Nelly Goletti Theatre received all new Drapery, including a New House Curtain  and Valance with a Full Stage Set of IFR Velour Masking.  The new Choir, Symphony  and Ensemble Rooms all required acoustic treatments that both provided function  and blended well into the architecture.

In the Choir Room we installed twelve AcoustaCorp Acouroll Banners. The  Symphony Room required floor to ceiling drapery to mask the large picture  windows. To accomplish this we installed four iWeiss ViaTravelers with an iWeiss control station along with Custom Fabricated IFR Drapery to complete the acoustic  properties. Ensemble room was outfitted with curtain tracks and IFR Drapery.

With beautiful architecture, our drapery, and all of the equipment, Marist College  now has a fully functioning Music Building and Student Center.

Theatrical Consultant: Fisher Dachs   Architect: Robert A.M. Stern

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Austrian Curtains

An Austrian Curtain is fabricated as one piece and consists of multiple rows of scallops or swag.  It is shirred along the top to provide a certain amount of horizontal fullness which determines the depth of each scallop.  The scallops in turn can be created by shirring the fabric vertically along each row.  Shirring provides small tight scallops.  This combinations of vertical and horizontal fullness creates a very rich and dramatic effect.

An Austrian is typically rigged  fly out in one piece or it may to gather up by means of cable running through rings sewn vertically to the back of the curtain along a predetermined number of lift lines.  This is useful when there is no fly space.

Our ViaWinch is a prefect example of a automation solutions for an Austrian Curtain.  You can incorporate a Standard (10) Lift Line Clew and easily operate a beautiful Austrian in your space.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to materials used for an Austrian Curtain.  We have made them out of standard Velour, sheers, and satins, but have also made them out of RIBBONS and SILICON TUBING!

Call us today for all your Austrian needs!

Another Project Complete

What has…..?

13.7 tons of lifting capacity

8,725 linear feet of pipe custom powder coated in three colors

2,450 running feet of curtain track

4,100 yards of fabric

over 2000 concrete anchors

and is 800 miles away from iWeiss?

Answer:   DePaul University Theatre School

iWeiss had the pleasure of providing automation, rigging, and curtains for the newly constructed Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago IL.   We were excited to be working again with Cannon Design and Schuler Shook on this project.

The scope of the work included 18 multi-purpose studios outfitted with pipe grids with perimeter curtains tracks, a black box theatre, a single level lobby pipe grid, and a thrust theatre with 25 axis’ of automation manufactured and controlled by Stage Technologies.   Acoustical clouds designed and built by iWeiss, variable acoustical curtains, manual rigging, and a complete stage curtain package were also part of the project.

The work  required the entire iWeiss staff and was headed up by Senior Project Manager Richard Parks and Associate Project Manager Shannon Sullivan.

The job had a total duration of 23 months from start to finish with multiple trade coordination from the first concrete pour until opening.

We are proud to have been involved with this project and to be a part of the education that DePaul will be able to provide to their students with this new building.

Previous Work with Cannon Design – Roosevelt High School

Previous Work with Schuler Shook – McCaw Hall, David H. Koch Theatre, Sarasota Opera, Boston Opera House, and more..

Project Spotlight – Cornell University

This Spring, iWeiss performed a retrofit of the Stage Rigging System at Cornell University’s Willard Straight Hall.   Included in the project was the removal of the existing hemp rigging and all of the old draperies.  What was put back was nothing short of exciting.

We installed (5) iWeiss ViaWinches for their electrics’ pipes, (22) manually operated rope rigging sets, a new Cyc, Main Valance, and all new stage drapery including tracks and hardware.  Last but not least was the Stewart Filmscreen – Projection Screen.

We had an interesting load in for this screen that required a front load digger, four men, and a bit of dirt.  The area for load in was into a basement access panel, that had to be dug out for the  30’-0” long crate.

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