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.

Click here for more information on our Automation Products

Elgin

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

PicMonkey Collage

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!

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.

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..

Automation Solution

When we were contacted by Michael Crisci of Stewart Film Screen, about a challenging design/build project, we jumped on the opportunity.   Michael put us in touch with Pete Cosmos of Acme Professionals who specialize in audio and video system design and integration.

It seemed that The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, in Philadelphia PA, needed a solution for an Automated Screen Surround.  The challenge was getting a design to work within the Kimmel Center’s space restrictions.

After a few rounds of the creative process the final decision was made to envelope a large Stewart Screen with an iWeiss Custom Automated Top Header and Side Masking Legs.  Project Manager Nicholas Belton and Automation Manager Paul Kelm went into the design phase: their task was to make all of the above equipment function within the 12” between line sets.  Upon final approval, fabrication of all components, and testing were completed in our facilities in Fairview, NJ

Included in the design is an iWeiss ViaControl Station to control the custom 42’-0” Line Shaft winch.

Client Testimonial:

“iWeiss provides excellent custom theatrical staging products for Theatre.  With complete design and in-house fabrication, iWeiss creates quality theatre projects delivering a turn-key solution, through the commissioning phase.”  Pete Cosmos, ACME

 

ViaControl Close Up