McLaren Designs Temporary Tent at Chanel Mobile Art Tour

McLaren Engineering was retained this summer by Global Scenic Services to provide structural analysis and design of a stand-alone exterior wall frame used to enclose a 62’x54’ temporary tent.

The completed wall/tent structure was used as a VIP Tent erected in October 2008 at Rumsey Playfield in New York’s Central Park as part of the New York branch of the Chanel Mobile Art Tour. The structure consisted of a series of 4’ wide by 18’ tall light gauge tower frames that were designed to be installed around the previously erected tent structure and hold-down ballast. A series of 4’ wide full height mirror panels were attached to the exterior face of the wall hiding the structural components of the wall and the tent structures.

McLaren developed a structural model of the entire wall framing system using RISA-3D in order to determine adequate member sizes and serviceability requirements, although hand calculations were used to design the localized welds and bolted connection details. The temporary nature, location, and desired aesthetic appeal of the structure dictated the available design approaches.

The overall design process was further complicated by the fast-tracked schedule. Daily communication resulted in quick and efficient resolution of issues allowing the client to achieve the desired fabrication and installation schedule.