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bobby_m:
We're not planning on getting crazy, but the current plan is to make a very sturdy structure using "build your own" carport fittings designed for 1" EMT tubing. It would be shaped mostly like the typical EZ-up tent with four legs at the corners of our booth area. We've seen some clubs try to build a banner stand out of flimsy PVC and go really high but it's a disaster.

While height is the current question, the above posts about actual booth area is obviously a concern with a structure like this. We'd like the banner to be a wide as possible and while the support structure can be cut down on sight, once the banner is painted there's not a whole lot of scaling that can happen.

Now that you mention touching base with clubs, I don't recall being contacted even though we signed up twice apparently in two different registration systems that were rolled out over time. What date did the email go out so I can go searching? In any case, the WHALES are definitely coming.

bluesman:

--- Quote from: bobby_m on April 16, 2013, 03:57:33 PM ---We're not planning on getting crazy, but the current plan is to make a very sturdy structure using "build your own" carport fittings designed for 1" EMT tubing. It would be shaped mostly like the typical EZ-up tent with four legs at the corners of our booth area. We've seen some clubs try to build a banner stand out of flimsy PVC and go really high but it's a disaster.

While height is the current question, the above posts about actual booth area is obviously a concern with a structure like this. We'd like the banner to be a wide as possible and while the support structure can be cut down on sight, once the banner is painted there's not a whole lot of scaling that can happen.

Now that you mention touching base with clubs, I don't recall being contacted even though we signed up twice apparently in two different registration systems that were rolled out over time. What date did the email go out so I can go searching? In any case, the WHALES are definitely coming.

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I just sent you an email in this regard. Please respond a.s.a.p. Thanks!

bobby_m:
In case anyone is playing along...

I got a reply from someone at AHA that we probably shouldn't exceed 10' of height. I was skeptical because I've been to several club nights and most rooms were easily 20ft or more and I know clubs have had taller booth elements than 10'. I called the hotel sales number and found that the grand ballroom has two ceiling heights depending if you're in the center or fringe areas.. The heights are 18' and 22'. I'm not saying clubs will want to create 18' tall structures, but if you've got a big banner and want to get it up high, I think 15' would be reasonable if you can do it safely. I've seen some really floppy pvc based banner structures before and I'd recommend a test run on your prototypes before showing up to the NHC  :D

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