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Dino-sized tent

Projects | October 1, 2021 | By:

Sandone Productions Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based full-service event company that specializes in tents and awnings, recently completed a project of brachiosaurus-sized proportions—literally. NBC/Universal Studios needed a structure for “Jurassic World: The Exhibition,” an eight-month interactive exhibit located
at Grandscape, The Colony, Texas, that immerses audiences in scenes inspired by the film.

“The tent had to be tall enough for life-sized dinosaurs, the floor had to be strong enough to support the heavy equipment and weight of the exhibits and the interior needed to be completely blacked-out with zero light bleed,” says Joe Sandone, vice president of Sandone Productions.

The project required a minimum height of 20 feet at the eave, so the company added new 6.8-meter legs to its inventory. To achieve the blacked-out environment, Sandone Productions used Keder Solutions’ ULTRA™ 2300 coated vinyl fabric. “We fabricated the tops to include a black beam cover on the interior of the tent, and a white rain flap along the exterior of the rafter,” says Sandone. “The interior legs, braces and purlins were wrapped in either the black tent vinyl or black Duvetyne.”

For the structure’s exterior wrap, Sandone Productions partnered with Brandit Graphics Inc. “After several revisions and artwork approvals by the client, we were given the go-ahead to create a one-piece tension fabric wrap over the gable end as well as the two eave sides,” Sandone says. The gable end portion came in at over 800 pounds and required 12 team members spread across several lifts to reach the 40-foot-high apex of the tent.  

“What the exhibition team put together is the most elaborate set design I’ve ever seen,” says Sandone. “The graphic wrap is stunning and the exhibition is truly incredible.”

Structure: 35-by-55-meter, Losberger maxiflex P1 

Fabric: Keder Solutions ULTRA™ 2300 coated vinyl fabric

Rental/Installation: Sandone Productions

Exterior wrap: Brandit Graphics

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