CASE STUDY: OVERCOMING INSTALLATION CHALLENGES AND WITHSTANDING VERY STRONG WINDS – A SHADE STRUCTURE SOLUTION FOR A MELBOURNE CBD CHILDCARE CENTRE
On the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD in the busy University precinct of Carlton lies a unique early learning center (ELC) located in an office tower. With an outdoor play area on the 5th-Floor rooftop terrace, the center faced the challenge of providing shade and protection for the children in a very high Wind Rating Umbrella Structures. Instant Shade Umbrellas povided the perfect solution – the “Skyspan Typhoon” a permanent umbrella shade structure designed to withstand winds up to 148km/h. In this case study, we explore the complexities of the installation and how the obstacles were skillfully overcome to leave a satisfied client.
THE CHALLENGE: WIND RATING UMBRELLA STRUCTURES FOR ELEVATED PLAY AREA
The childcare center’s rooftop terrace offered breathtaking views, but it also exposed the outdoor play area to strong winds and harsh sunlight. To create a safe and comfortable environment for the children, the childcare center sought a shade solution that could withstand Melbourne’s variable weather patterns and deliver reliable protection against wind and UV rays.
THE SOLUTION: THE SKYSPAN TYPHOON SHADE STRUCTURE
Instant Shade Umbrellas’ team of experts recommended the “Skyspan Typhoon” as the ideal shade solution for the childcare center. The Skyspan Typhoon is renowned for its robust construction and exceptional Wind Rated Umbrella Structures resistance, making it a perfect fit for this elevated location. It is an umbrella structure that is wind rated to W41 (148km/h), making it one of the strongest wind rated umbrellas on the market.
Its sleek and contemporary design also seamlessly blended with the modern aesthetic of the rooftop terrace and the surrounding buildings.
THE INSTALLATION: NAVIGATING THE HEIGHTS
Installing the Skyspan Typhoon on the 5th-floor rooftop terrace came with its share of challenges. The logistical complexities and safety considerations of working at heights required meticulous planning and adherence to strict safety protocols. The team at Instant Shade Umbrellas collaborated closely with the childcare center’s management to ensure a smooth installation process that prioritized the safety of all parties involved. The umbrella was delivered to site as individual components so that it could fit in the elevator. It was then assembled at the rooftop terrace.
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES: ENGINEERING A SECURE FOUNDATION
One of the primary challenges was providing a stable foundation for the umbrella on the rooftop terrace. With no existing infrastructure to anchor the structure, the installation required a custom solution. The skilled installation team devised a secure and discreet anchoring system that wouldn’t compromise the aesthetic appeal of the childcare center’s play area.
A SATISFIED CLIENT
Despite the complexity of the project, the expertise and dedication of Instant Shade Umbrellas’ team prevailed. The “Skyspan Typhoon” was successfully installed, providing the childcare center with a Wind Rated Umbrella Structures solution that surpassed expectations. The childcare center’s management and staff were happy with the end result, as were the children who now had a comfortable and protected outdoor play area.