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Project Briefs | April 1, 2015 | By:

AAble Rents connects multiple tent styles to throw a party for event professionals.

When AAble Rents Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, invited local event pros to its annual spring showcase, the company wanted to show off what it was capable of with as many products as possible. To accomplish this, the company began with two self-imposed challenges.

The first challenge was to create a space that seamlessly showcased four tent styles and eight wall products. Each vinyl and glass element needed to flow to the next—melding frame tents to sailcloth tents to clearspans with functional gutter systems. The second challenge was to install the showcased tents at Cleveland’s Wendy Park at Whiskey Island.

AAble Rents connected four different tent styles to display as much inventory as possible for a 1920s-themed event showcase. Photos courtesy of AAble Rents Co.

“We chose to install our tented profile in a space that dropped over eight feet, over a beach, to get our guests as close to the water as possible,” says Ramsey Duqum, AAble CEO, “all while making sure the space allowed our 17 vendor-partners to showcase their products.”

The result was 6,200 square feet of tenting that housed a 1920s speakeasy-themed party for more than 200 attendees.

Upon arrival, guests entered a 15-by-15-foot Anchor Century® high peak frame tent that was installed over the drip edge of a 10-by-50-foot Tidewater® Wave Marquee by Aztec Tents.

“The unique roof pitch of the Wave Marquee allowed us to shed the water efficiently in the transition between the 15-by-15 and the marquee,” Duqum says.

The 50-foot marquee led guests down a red carpet to a set of glass Ambassador double doors by Anchor Industries with a clear vinyl custom surround. The double doors opened to a 51-by-51-foot Aztec Tidewater sailcloth tent that featured red and tan plush carpeting blended with flat gold thresholds and a custom 2-foot high circular stage that featured AAble’s patented engineered wood center pole.

AAble Rents connected four different tent styles to display as much inventory as possible for a 1920s-themed event showcase. Photos courtesy of AAble Rents Co.

On the other side of the tent stood a 10-by-20-foot Wave Marquee that covered a transition staircase that led to a 15-by-15-meter Roder AG clearspan installed over a 52-by-52-foot Wenger Strata® flooring system built over the beach. The clearspan featured a recessed clear gable end that led to a 5-by-15-meter railed viewing porch overlooking Lake Erie, two clear glass walls, two ridged air walls and four clear and four white vinyl sidewalls. Two 5-meter roof panels were adorned with a gathered liner from Anchor.

Details for this party went far beyond the tents themselves.

“Opulence was indeed key in all elements of the design, decor, libations and setting,” Duqum says. “Through collaborative research with our chosen event partners, every detail of the event was time specific. From the custom labels for wine bottles, to the bathtub gin bar, custom whiskey barrels, the sourced bootlegged whiskey and prohibition style beer—the event truly was a night to remember.”

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