Tenshon LLC Mesa, AZ
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Island Site Development
Please describe the project specifications
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), hired us to design, engineer and manufacture shade sail structures as part of their private island remodel. We spent about a year discussing design esthetic, color scheme, layout and functionality. The resulting final project encompassed multiple restaurant patios, walkways, attraction queues and the landing pier for their cruise ships. In total, there was 152 shade sails manufactured, over 200 steel support structures, for a total square footage of over 130,000 sq. ft.
What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?
Prior to the full island remodel, RCCL had received a number of complaints from guests about the lack of shade on the island. Therefore, the RCCL design team felt that adding ascetically pleasing shade throughout the island would be an essential aspect of their remodel. The client specifically requested we incorporate lots of color and visual interest while providing the underlying necessity of more shade.
What is unique or complex about the project?
Along, with site location and scope, this project is an excellent example of how you can incorporate multiple shade fabric manufacturers on a single job. Because of the color requirements and due to some of the larger spans, this project includes Commercial 95, Heavy 430, Comtex, Architect 400 & Monotec 370. Furthermore, RCCL decided to develop a completely custom color for this project, called “Poolside Blue”. We worked with Polyfab to develop that color for their Architect 400 line, and had had a special production run completed.
One of the largest complexities of this project was its location. The only access to the CocoCay island is by small barge, private boat or a cruise ship. This made the logistics of scheduling, transporting and planning much more complicated. Furthermore, given the truncated construction schedule, we were only given about 4 months for the manufacturing of steel columns and shade membranes.
What were the results of the project?
The resulting finished product was an absolutely stunning array of color, form and function. We were given vast creative liberty with many of the spaces, which is not common in projects of this size and scope. Furthermore, the RCCL design team and the Island Site Construction team were incredibly talented in picking colors and shapes, and in helping us incorporate the membranes into their overall schema. It was a privilege to be a part of this project.
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