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.

Bureau V – Architects

Arup Acoustics – Acoustic and Theatrical Consultants

                                     Photo Credit:   Scott Heins

 

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iWeiss Works at Writers Theatre

WritersWorking with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander,  Studio/Gang Architects, and W.E. O’Neil Construction Company,  we installed new rigging systems and drapery for Writers Theatre at their new facility in Glencoe Illinois.

In the Nichols Theatre, which is an intimate thrust space, we installed 18 counterweight line sets, dead hung line sets, stage drapery and a custom fall restraint system throughout the catwalks above the stage and house. The new walls of the Nichols Theatre where constructed from the bricks salvaged from the Women’s Library Club of Glencoethat previously stood on the site.  To allow for the mounting of lighting equipment, custom engineered wall brackets were installed that consist of a socket and an insert for the pipe battens throughout the space on an as needed basis. When not in use, the brackets are virtually invisible.

The Gillian Theatre is a black box space that includes a pipe grid and a wall mounted unistrut system that will be used in conjunction with movable wall panels that can be used to reconfigure the layout of the space.

Additionally, we provided lighting positions, curtain tracks and drapery in the Rehearsal Room and new sheer drapery in the Donor-VIP room.

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Another NYC High School is has a Functional Theatre!

Yesterday was just another load out from a New York City High School leaving the theatre with all new rigging, a new fire curtain, projection screen, main curtain and valance, stage masking and new track operated window curtains. The school was happy because in addition to looking great, the theatre was now functional and SAFE.

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History, Restaged

The Theatre at the Ace Hotel (formally The United Artists Theatre) in Los Angeles was looking to update its rigging system in a very fast turn around.

Richard Parks, iWeiss VP, traveled to Los Angeles with our draftsman to do a survey and drafting on site. The old j bar guide system did not have standard spacing and there were other challenges including the installation of a new projection screen.  H & H Specialties, located in California worked with the iWeiss drawings to produce the equipment while the sewing shop back East produced all of the new soft goods for the theatre.

All in all, from contract to survey to manufacturing and installation of new counterweight equipment, projection screen and drapery, the project was completed in under 3 months.

The LA Register recently ran a great article about the recent changes in Los Angeles’ downtown Broadway Theater District

Check it out here:  LA Register Article

 

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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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Check out those lighting cages

71 Cages

We have another project under our belts, as we recently completed a new space at Public School 71 in Staten Island.

Our ETCP Project Manager Nick Belton, worked with the New York City School Construction Authority, General Contractor Pavarini McGoven, and Theatre Consultant Havery Marshall Berling Associates, and we able to complete the project in a very tight timeline with a start in April and completion in July.

Designed by Kliment Halsband Architects, the facility will serve 800 students with a new “gymnatorium”. Our contribution to the new space is a new mounting grid to hang all of the theatrical equipment, including a new Da-Lite projection screen, Thern motorized roll drop, pipe battens, and a new drapery package.  The new drapery will hang from six, custom curved, bi-parting H&H Specialties 300 Series Tracks to allow the curtains to store offstage while the space is use as a gymnasium.

iWeiss designed and fabricated custom steel lighting enclosures to protect the theatrical lighting in the space. Each of the custom enclosures was designed to house two parallel pipe battens and associated lighting dimmers.

We are proud to have worked on another exciting endeavor to enhance our future generation’s school experience.