Milos' QuickTruss was implemented in recent roof projects at Washington DC's Nationals Park and Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yard. The temporary structures serve as television broadcasting booths, complete with lighting, a complex map of cabling and electrical wires, and a weatherproof canopy to keep commentators dry during rainy innings. The broadcasting booths were designed by Creative Dimensions, an exhibition and signage firm based in Cheshire, Connecticut. Doug Carabillo, director of business development, was not familiar with Milos products, but, he says, "Some of our most trusted partners highly recommended Milos. After working with them, I was convinced that we would be taken care of." Rain and snow, common during spring months in the area, necessitated an angled roof and custom-fitted canopy. This was particularly challenging, as the slope of the roof needed to be subtle enough so as not to interfere with the camera's perspective while still providing sufficient water drainage. Milos' medium-duty M290V Quatro was specified for the frame with a grid of duo cross runs braced with 2" tubing at a slight slope. The framework was pre-assembled and fitted with a custom PVC canopy in Winston-Salem before being shipped to its final destination. Wind load factors were also a major issue at Oriole Park, where the solution was creative ballasting. Custom 3,000lb. concrete blocks were specified by the engineers and fitted to the truss. "It has already withstood some high wind situations with no issues," Carabillo says. "The ballpark facilities manager is very pleased and comfortable with the way everything was fabricated and installed." Other key players include lighting designer Circuit Lighting of Green Brook, New Jersey, who also provided onsite assembly and fitting of the structures. To make the systems completely portable, they labeled each fixture, power supply and cable -- making dismantling and reinstallation easy for the next crew. The stage platforms were provided by Quik Stage of Blaine, Minnesota, while the custom PVC canopy, stage railing, and ballasting were produced by SPEVCO in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. West Nyack, New York-based McLaren Engineering Group worked in tandem with the stadium's team of authorities to ensure the safety of the structures. "Milos truss made it possible for us to make an understandable 'road map' of the entire system," says Richard Tilley, CEO of Circuit Lighting. "QuickTruss was particularly well-suited to the turnkey design." "This is a great example of a modular system with a specialty application that was engineered specifically for the customer," said Milos America's president, Jeff Broitman. "With a four-to-six-week time frame to get it done, we managed to deliver in nine days."
Circuit Lighting helped to cast a perfect light on an alumni evening of dinner and dancing at a prestigious private school. It was a pleasure to assist this institution deliver a great evening to its alumni.