Marriott Brooklyn Bridge Ballroom
Who Was Involved?
Install Time Saved
The Project Team at the Brooklyn Marriott had a unique request – purchasing a new set of crystal grand chandeliers for their ballroom without replacing the existing electrical work from their previous installation. This request would greatly reduce the client’s costs by eliminating the need to hire and coordinate with union electricians, which is an expected expense when typically installing a chandelier.
After some deliberation on our end, PTY Lighting approached the Marriott team with a proposal that involved constructing retrofit cages that would be mounted onto the existing framework and lights. The idea was well received; however, there would be a number of challenges to overcome.
From Concept To Creation
Thinking Outside the Box
Crafting The Peg
Threading The Needle
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The Finishing Touch
With our revised specifications and notes from the on-site test of the retrofit frames, we moved forward into production stage of the project.
The final design approved upon resulted in a large metal frame donning very large hanging crystals, that would fit around and over the previous fixture. Due to the size and complexity of the fixture, we took special care in measuring the precise lengths of each strip of metal while simultaneously fortifying them to hold the large hanging crystals that the chandelier would be dressed with.
Because this is a retrofit rather than your typical installation, the fixtures were built with the installation process in mind. We shipped the frame in segments that could be fit onto the old chandelier section by section, while also creating a detailed installation guide that detailed the precise method as to which new chandeliers were designed to be installed with. This greatly eased and streamlined the installer’s job on-site. Once the fixture was received, we sent one of our in-house experts to oversee the installation and assist with any and all difficulties that may have occurred.
The Finishing Touch
First, we would need to ensure the retrofit cage would fit onto the
existing electrical framework and the dressing could fully take advantage of the type of existing lighting.
Second, we would need to capture precise specifications of the existing chandeliers so as to determine the size of the frame we potentially design. Afterward, the Brooklyn Marriott team provided us with the existing lighting
Finally, with all the information and measurements in hand, a scope of work is created. During this phase, our team decides the type of crystals that will adorn the finished frame. If poorly chosen, it could potentially result in a crystal dressing that can’t fully utilize the available lighting and thus look lackluster as the finished product.
Analysis & Engineering
Reviewing the pertinent information we set forth planning the most design-minded and cost-effective approach. Engineering of the fixtures had the aesthetics, function and the installation process as a priority.
After careful consideration, our designers crafted production drawings, down to the fine details. The drawings were crafted and then reviewed by the onsite engineers, electricians and designers on the project.
Once the design drawings were created and approved, our team quickly moved into fabricating the first retrofit cages, to install and examine onsite. With a few slight revisions, we were ready for full production.
With testing now completed, manufacturing proceeded, including the producing of the retrofit cages for the grand chandeliers, matching wall sconces clusters surrounding the room and the crystal dressing for each.
Due to the complexity of the installation, our staff helped guide othe site installers along the way with detailed installation instructions, well packaged and organzied parts, weekly team conferences and frequent site visits to ensure success.