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The Breathing Room

For us at EventQuip, this time of year is a little colder in the office, but our table is always full of snacks, goodies and deliveries from our clients and friends. Its a time for all of us to appreciate what we have and to be thankful for our friends and families. It is also a time that our owner Ed Knight and his wife Janet open their hearts and join others in our community by sponsoring families who are in need. Every year Ed and Janet support a charity close to their hearts called The Breathing Room Foundation. This charitable organization will bring the holiday spirit to over 100 local families by delivering meals, clothing, necessities and gifts to those families that are affected by cancer. Over 300 children will have their “wish lists” fulfilled by the generosity of sponsors and volunteers in the surrounding communities of Philadelphia, Bucks County and Montgomery County. We are honored to be part of this season of giving back, and proud to be a part of giving the families of those who suffer from cancer a little “Breathing Room”.

Breathing Room Gifts

 


There’s An App For That

On Wednesday, November 14th 2012, we went live with our new mobile website! This new application makes it easier for our clients to navigate our website from their mobile phones. The application is available for iPhone, Android, Windows and Blackberry smartphones. Just enter in our regular web address www.eventquip.com into your mobile browser and you will automatically be redirected to our easy-to-use mobile site. Use the buttons to navigate the site to view our extensive “Portfolio”. Get planning tips and ideas for your event by clicking on “Planning Tools”. Keep up with our latest news by checking our “Blog”. Or give us a call or send us an e-mail with one simple click!  Check out the main menu right here:

EQ Mobile App Party Tents Philadelphia

 

You can also add our app to your phone’s home screen for even quicker access! On your iPhone, once you are on the mobile site, simply double tap the “reminder” that pops up to install the favicon to your home screen. On other smartphones, you can bookmark the site, then add the bookmark as a shortcut on your home screen. Either way, now its easier than ever to view and share our photos and information.

EQ Mobile App Party Tents Philadelphia

Have fun using our new mobile app, and be sure to tell your friends about it!


The Devereux Foundation’s 100th Anniversary Gala

This past Saturday night, we were honored to be the “Tent Sponsor” for the Devereux Foundation’s 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration. The Devereux Foundation is a national non-profit behavioral health organization based in Philadelphia that has been assisting and educating children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental, and behavioral challenges for 100 years. This centennial anniversary was celebrated on the upper terrace in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Our sales team and installers have worked with the Philadelphia Museum of Art on other events in the past, and we were asked again to bring our expertise and skill to provide an outdoor venue for this special occasion. Planning sessions for the large clear structure began February 2012, and culminated nine months later with this spectacular sight:

Clear Top Structure Tent Philadelphia Museum of Art Exterior for Devereux 100

Guests first enjoyed a cocktail hour and silent auction inside the museum itself, then made their way into the 18,042 square foot structure that we had erected just a few days earlier. After a warm welcome from Robert Kreider, the President and CEO of Devereux, the celebration got underway. The Master of Ceremonies was none other than legendary Channel 6 ABC Anchorman, Jim Gardner, who spoke eloquently of the foundation’s accomplishments to the nearly 900 guests. The Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter was also an honored guest and keynote speaker as well. An inspiring film directed by Sam Katz  told the tale of the last 100 years of Devereux (Devereux, A History).

Clear Top Structure Tent Philadelphia - Interior Devereux

EQ Entrance Sign at Devereux Clear Top Tent Structure Philadelphia

Following the film, speeches and an exciting live auction, guests enjoyed the beautiful decor by Table Art and creative cuisine by Stephen Starr Events. Then they danced the night away on our wooden parquet dance floor to the energetic EBE band L.A. Stars.

Clear Top Tent Structure Philadelphia Art Museum

Dancing at Devereux Clear Top Tent Structure Philadelphia
In order to keep the guests comfortable (particularly those in sleeveless evening gowns), we installed our heating system, which was ducted into the structure for a steady supply of warm air. We also used solid glass sidewalls to enclose the tent on the parkway side for extra warmth and an elegant look.
Glass Sidewall Clear Top Structure Tent Philadelphia
As one of the sponsors for this amazing celebration, EventQuip was lucky to receive a table for ourselves. It was the first time for several of us to actually be inside the tent enjoying the party, instead of working!
EQ at Devereux Clear Tent Structure Philadelphia
Here’s two of our office girls, Carrie and Rebecca excited to be there!
Clear Top Structure Tent Philadelphia Guests
Thanks to all of our hardworking crew for making EventQuip shine at this very memorable event!

Sky High Tenting on the 25th Floor

Last week in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, we set up shop on the 25th floor of a skyscraper. A local company was holding an appreciation party for their partners and needed some additional space for dancing. What better place to celebrate than on a 25th floor terrace overlooking the skyline of our beautiful city?

It started off with a phone call from our client back in August, wondering if we would be physically able to install a tent on their building’s rooftop terrace. So we sent down our Senior Project Manager, Alan, to take a look. After meeting with the client, and discussing their needs and concerns, Alan put together a proposal and a drawing for the client to review. Many factors are considered during a site inspection, and this one presented some unique challenges.

First, take a look at the finished product… here is the interior of the tent, after the lighting and staging company set up, ready for the band and the party!

Rooftop tent, interior

Now, here’s how we did it! An unusual load-in and load-out was our first issue to tackle. We checked the size of the elevators, stairwells and access points to ensure our equipment would fit inside. We also needed to be confirm that we could properly secure the tent to the building for the safety of the guests.

Rooftop Tent Load In Philadelphia

Rooftop Tent Philadelphia Load In

Once we moved all of the equipment up the freight elevators, the tent assembly itself was similar to a standard ground-level installation. Here, our crew begins assembling the upper portion of the frame of the tent, which gives the tent its overall shape. The clear and white roof panels are installed while the frame is still on the “ground”.

Rooftop Tent Philadelphia Assembly

Tent on Roof Philadelphia Installation

This photo shows the completed basic tent construction. Since we could not stake the tent into the building, it was secured with water ballasts (the white barrels shown) to weigh the tent down. Once the frame is up, we added the white and clear sidewall that the client requested.

Rooftop tent, water ballasts

Tent on Roof Philadelphia Sidewall Installation

Finally, we attached the tent to the building itself using ropes and ratchet straps to secure it for the comfort and safety of our clients and their guests.

Rooftop Tent - Securing the Tent

Here’s the view of the city that our installation crew enjoyed all day. Good job guys – nice work!

Rooftop tent, view

View of Philadelphia from Rooftop Tent

 


Rustic and Elegant Wedding on a Family Farm

We were welcomed to a family’s spectacular home to transform their farm into a  gorgeous setting for a joyous wedding.  As part of the team of event planners, EventQuip provided the main 66′ x 82′ clearspan, clear top European structure on 11′ legs with clear and white sidewall.

Wedding Clear Top Tent

The overall rustic design, individual tablescapes and buffet tables were designed and implemented by Sheila Motley from The Event Company based out of Charlottesville, VA.  EventQuip added a rich wood parquet dance floor, and staging for the band to perform.

Table Setting - Main Line Philadelphia Tent

Clear Tent  with Stage and Parquet Dance Floor

For the youngest guests, the bride and groom had us set up a separate round sailcloth tent that they outfitted with special activities such as crayons and crafts to keep the kids entertained.  As the guests departed, they each received a special favor as a personal reminder of this beautiful farm-style wedding.

Clearspan tent with Sailcloth tent  in background

Sailcloth Tent Main Line Philadelphia

Philadelphia Main Line Wedding Tent Rental

Philadelphia Main Line Sailcloth Tent