Our rigging and stage machinery staff provide the following services, adaptable to your project's needs:
- System Design
- Architectural Integration
- Equipment Budgets
- Biddable Drawings and Specifications
- Construction Administration
FDA designs complete theatrical rigging and stage machinery systems to meet the demands of today's performing art and entertainment projects. We actively collaborate with our clients to supply systems that meet their current requirements and have the flexibility to adapt to future possibilities as technologies and artistic visions evolve.
FDA has applied our experience and innovative thinking to a number of unique technical challenges: a concert hall with 1,000 "permanent" seats that disappear in 30 minutes to create a flat floor event space; a studio theatre with a retractable floor that reveals an ice rink; underwater lifts in an amphitheatre on a cruise ship.
Our staff members bring extensive backgrounds in rigging and stage machinery for theatrical and entertainment applications.
We work closely with equipment manufacturers to develop inventive new approaches to meet project specific requirements, and apply our knowledge of the marketplace to make creative use of existing technologies. As an independent and objective consultant, FDA strives to ensure that rigging and machinery systems meet the technical requirements, budget guidelines and manufacturer preferences of the client.
Process & Deliverables
During the planning phase of our projects, FDA supplies the architect and engineers with detailed drawings and descriptions that illustrate the integration of manual or motorized stage rigging systems, orchestra shells, forestage acoustical canopies, variable acoustic drapery systems, orchestra pit lifts, moveable seating systems, and other specialized devices. FDA provides engineers the information they need regarding structural, power, and control system requirements that are unique to the entertainment industry.
Beginning with project feasibility studies and extending through design, FDA supplies continually updated equipment budget estimates as we work with the client, architect and engineers to develop final equipment specifications.
During construction, FDA regularly reviews and coordinates the work of others involved in the project to ensure seamless integration of the rigging and stage machinery systems with the architectural, structural and mechanical systems. We make field visits to assist local contractors in properly installing the equipment we design and specify.
You can count on FDA to provide stage rigging and machinery that is safe, state of the art, user friendly, and completely appropriate for every project.
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