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The ABCs of the ADA

October 1, 2015

Federal laws requiring accommodations for Americans with disabilities affect temporary site as well as permanent ones. You can be excused for overlooking the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July, but not for overlooking compliance. Passed in 1990, this federal civil rights law has provided fairness and access to about a quarter …

Whistle while you work

Crews that enjoy the job—and each other—benefit the bottom line. Every issue of InTents focuses in some way on tented-event safety and best practices. Staking and ballasting, OSHA compliance, event evacuation procedures, code development and personal protective equipment are all common topics on these pages. A “best practice” we haven’t spent a lot time on …

Temporary terminals

Fabric-roofed structure houses temporary airport terminals in Kenya. When a fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, destroyed the international arrival and departure terminals in August 2013, East Africa’s largest transport hub faced a crisis. With an ever-growing number of domestic and international travelers, airport authorities knew the time required to design and …

Grommet attaching machine

The ClipsShop® CS-TIDY-41 pneumatic grommet machine attaches metal grommets to tents, banners and related products. Featuring a finger safety guard and manual triggering mechanism, it weighs 15 pounds, has a carrying handle and slug collection drawer, uses a hollow die and can be configured for push-button or foot pedal operation. The machine is designed for …

Super-sized celebration

Clinton Presidential Center anniversary hosted in massive tent. When Mahaffey Fabric Structures of Memphis, Tenn., was contacted by Party Time Rental and Events of Little Rock, Ark., in early 2014 to provide a structure for the tenth anniversary of the Clinton Presidential Center, the company approached the job as one of the most important in …

Midsummer night magic

A garden-inspired reception combines fabric, crystals, lighting and drama. Tent design continues to evolve as innovative companies and event planning professionals achieve greater creativity for their clients. What was once lightweight material supported by a metal framework is today’s blank canvas for an event designer’s masterpiece. Whether an event is a wedding reception, fundraising gala …

Tennis coverage

Polyfab USA covers Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2015 US Open. While the world’s best tennis players battled on the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2015 US Open, Polyfab USA LLC was saving the day above the court. In a technological first, the US Open is having a retractable roof with a stand-alone …

Under the Tuscan stars

A wedding by Starr Tent brings the flavor of an Italian night to a New York residence. The romance and beauty of a star-filled spring evening in an Italian garden was the inspiration for this 300-guest private wedding reception in Bedford, N.Y., by New Rochelle, N.Y.-based Starr Tent. To provide the backdrop for such an …

Dazzlingly brilliant

Exposed frames and swags offer a clear view for a Lake Tahoe fundraiser. Mark Twain famously described the waters of Lake Tahoe as “not merely transparent, but dazzlingly, brilliantly so.” As that pristine clarity has decreased due to environmental factors, the League to Save Lake Tahoe has advocated for the protection and restoration of the …

The personal touch

B.C. Tent & Awning Co. brings commitment and excellence to tented events. Caught by the entrepreneurial spirit after working for someone else after college, in 1980 Bob Costa launched B.C. Tent & Awning Co. Inc. in his parents’ garage. Costa had worked summers for a tenting company throughout high school and college, and used his …