If there were a Wii™ competition for tent installation, Premier Tenting Solutions and Event Rentals of Stuart, Fla. would be at the top of the leaderboard.
The company installed a 100-by-260-foot Twin Peak Century® tent for the Wii Games: Summer 2010 kickoff event in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J., in July, then dismantled the structure, shipped it across the country and installed it again for the grand championship event in Redondo Beach Pier, Calif., in September.
The installation included 6,000 square feet of balcony, with leg spacing every 16 feet to accommodate passage underneath. Flooring on both levels was engineered to withstand load capacities of people, gaming consoles and forklift accessibility. The New Jersey site presented grade and drainage challenges, while the Redonda Beach site presented code challenges, with 11 inspectors on the job site at different times requiring independent tests despite being provided with certified engineering documents.
With only three weeks between job confirmation and the New Jersey event and four days for installation, Premier planned and preinstalled as much as possible in its own warehouse.
“Our shop worked around the clock to fabricate and customize the floor, receive engineering certification through load testing, and complete a clean and professional product,” says Dennis Birdsall of Premier.
In designing the structure, the company considered material weight to help lower cross-country shipping costs. The fact that the company could provide the entire package of equipment, including HVAC, generators, carpeting and auxiliary structures helped Premier cinch the contract, Birdsall says.
He added that this was a valuable project for Premier in terms of providing employees with experience in custom project applications.
“This project defined ‘teamwork’ and brought us closer together as a company,” he says. “We feel this project will show the industry what our firm is capable of in terms of technical difficulty and quality.”