Cirque du Soleil - KA Stage

Cirque du Soleil - KA Stage
Project Overview: 
In order to prepare for the “Ka” production by Cirque du Soleil, a multi-million dollar renovation of the MGM Grand Showroom was undertaken. Winner of the 2008 Thea Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement, the project encompassed the construction of several of the largest custom pieces of theatrical machinery in the world. McLaren's initial “parametric” studies of conceptual machinery solutions that correlated a range of variables with cost, i.e., geometry, weight and speed versus horsepower proved invaluable in the selection of the systems to be constructed.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided structural and mechanical design services for the Tatami Deck and the Gantry Crane and its Sand/Cliff Deck, as well as construction and installation oversight and project coordination for the Gantry Crane assembly. The Gantry Crane supports a payload of approximately 300,000 pounds. The entire Crane travels 70’ vertical from the pit to high above the audience level. The Tatami Deck presents its 30’x30’ performance platform by traveling 48’-6” from its stored position to its play position using a two-stage mechanism similar to a drawer slide.
Service: 
Structural Design
Service: 
Mechanical Design
Service: 
Construction Admininistration
Service: 
Resident Engineering
Location: 
Las Vegas, Nevada
Client: 
Marnell Corrao Associates / MGM Grand & Cirque du Soleil
Project Type: 
Mechanized Stage Design
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
2002-2004
Construction Cost: 
$19,000,000
Image: 
59a - Cirque du Soleil - KA Gantry Crane.jpg
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59b - Cirque du Soleil - KA Gantry Lift.jpg

Location
Las Vegas, Nevada

Client
Marnell Corrao Associates / MGM Grand & Cirque du Soleil

Our Role
Prime
Project Type
Mechanized Stage Design

Contract Period
2002-2004

Construction Cost
$19,000,000
Services
Structural Design
Mechanical Design
Construction Admininistration
Resident Engineering