Event Architecture takes care in the design and engineering to ensure all the structures have been built to the best standards possible. This maximizes the commercial viability of any investment and ultimately the longevity of the products.
When the structures are shipped with transport racks, we recommend a forklift to load and unload. For the xPress line, a forklift is recommended to move the units. For the XPO6, one forklift is needed for the moving rack, and a Scissor Lift or ladder is needed to attach the AirCells. The xDek needs two Genie Lifts or Scissor Lifts and one forklift for installation. The XPODH requires two forklifts and one Scissor Lift to install. A leaf blower or air compressor is needed for each installation to inflate the AirCells.
Event Architecture has a global crew to install and dismantle the units for you. We can also train your crew on the first build on how to install and dismantle the structures, then your crew can take it from there.
Our structures are light enough to erect on a roof terrace with enough mass and rigidity to not slide. The weight of each structure will vary slightly. All units were designed to be moved by hand or with forklifts.
The weight is kept to a minimum with enough weight in the structures to allow for the them to be used, in most cases, without ballasts.
The structures has a leveling system allowing for a run-off of 19.6”, using rubber spreader plates. These are set on the ground underneath the flooring and spaced a maximum of 6.5’ apart for lower run-offs and 3.3’ for larger run-offs. If there is a slope of over 19.6”, the packers need to be stabilized with cross bracing.
For smaller structures, the run-off rarely goes above 19.6”. For larger units, we recommend a site survey to assess the ground conditions and to prepare for larger packing needs prior to going live. In most cases, the frame is built first and the levelling packers are added under the frame before laying the floor and adding the AirCells. This allows all the heights and angles to be adjusted easily with maximum visibility before the structure is closed off. The structures can be used direct onto any staging system.
Ballast and Ground stakes
In over 95% of applications, the structures do not require ballasts or stakes. However, all units have the ability to use ground stakes or add ballasts under the floor of the frame. With penetrating ground stakes, we use Spira anchors at 23.6” or 35.4” long, or platypus anchors for deeper higher loads. Spira anchors must be a min 3.3’ apart and the platypus min 6.6’ apart. The floor system has tie points to connect it to load straps running between ground stakes or ballasts.
Ballasts are normally added as steel plates or concrete blocks due to their density. Sand bags or water ballasts can also be used. The engineering documents cover all the parameters of these operations.
eXpo permanent installations
For permanent and long-term installations, we will pallet and wrap the structure in a safe and secure manner for initial shipping. The wrapping is all designed to be disposable.
xPress Line Transportation
The xPress line has been designed as a fast, flat-packed hinge up system. All of the elements are pre-built together prior to shipping, so the onsite build times of the single module versions are completed in under 10 minutes. A forklift will be required on site to unload the structure. The xPress structures are designed to stack onto each other to a maximum of 8 units. Due to the pre-assembly and its combined weight, a forklift will be required on site to unload these structures, unless they are disassembled and broken up in single parts.
Storage and Maintenance
Event Architecture offers full storage and maintenance services. All units should be stored long-term in a secure dry place. If during a dismantle structures become wet and dirty, they can be packed away and opened later for cleaning. We recommend units are cleaned within 2 weeks of the event. During dismantle, make sure dirt and water are removed as much as possible. Individual elements can be cleaned with pressure washers and cleaner.
The AirCells will need to be kept clean to maximize the look and life span of the units. Our line of modular, architectural structures is an entirely modular-constructed product, so individual elements can be serviced and replaced if needed.