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When the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Fla., broke ground in June 2014, Arena Americas provided the tenting. And when the performing arts center opened its door for its grand premiere in November 2014, it again called on Arena Americas to create a suitable structure for the opening event. Because the Dr. Phillips Center is an expansive and modern venue that touts two theaters, it required tenting structures for its opening event that reflected its grandeur. Wedding tent.

Planning the right structure

For the dinner portion of the Dr. Phillips Center Grand Premier in Orlando, Fla., Arena Americas provided a 30-by-70-meter arcum structure to match the modern architecture of the building. Photo: Dr. Phillips Center

“Originally the Dr. Phillips Center expressed interest in a traditional clearspan structure,” says Sara Spitzer, marketing manager for Arena Americas, “but in order to match the modern architecture of the building, we suggested an arcum structure.” The arcum structure provided an arched beam design that allowed for an elegant curved roof.

Permitting delays

Installation time was reduced from 18 days to eight due to permitting delays. Arena Americas worked longer hours to complete the project on time, maneuvering semitrailer loads of equipment through congested downtown Orlando traffic to reach the Dr. Phillips Center. Once trucks reached the location, space constraints because of the downtown location created load-in and load-out difficulties, also requiring longer work hours for Arena crews.

To meet engineering and permitting requirements, Arena Americas performed a stake pull test, the results of which required that the installation crew use 17 stakes per leg to properly secure the structure based on soil conditions.

Arena Americas installed this arcum structure tent, featuring alternating clear tops, glass and hard wall, custom wall liners, and flooring, to host the dinner portion of the Dr. Phillips Center Grand Premiere. Photo: Dr. Phillips Center
Behind the curtains

“The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Grand Premiere was an extremely prestigious event at which a diverse group of guests from all over Orlando were in attendance,” Spitzer says. “Guests were impressed with the structure so much that many commented that they thought it was a permanent building.”

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