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Total Structures Opens in Texas (09-23-02)
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The center piece of the State Fair of Texas this year is a spectacular pyro show launched from a huge opening pyramid. Onstage Productions’ Charles Belcher was charged with getting the most spectacular show possible from the organizers budget, and he immediately contacted Total Structures to assist with the design, development, engineering and manufacture of this colossal structure.

The square base pyramid, measuring 50 x 50 by 50 ft high was a combination of stock truss sizes, custom intersections and mechanical fabrication, and the use of Total Structures OMNI connectors added additional flexibility. The top 15ft of the pyramid opens as four "petals" and the inventive and efficient use of two CM Lodestars and a push rod system provides the maximum "bang for the buck".

The lower part of the pyramid is provided with a decking system, whilst the platform for the pyro and luminaries is raised up from within the central "core". The structure is clad on all faces and is designed to resist 90 mph winds by virtue of the braced central core and inclined corner buttresses.

The whole structure sits in an ornamental pond and consideration was given to protecting the truss from corrosion during the course of its 30 shows in ten days.

"We are delighted with the design solution and the service that Total Structures have provided – the opening mechanism is very cool. The show will be spectacular" commented a very satisfied Charles Belcher.

Show: Texas State Fair
Location: Dallas, Texas
Dates: September 2002

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