A tension wire grid (TWG) is a woven wire rope walking surface supported by a steel framework. TWGs allow theatre technicians to safely access overhead lighting, sound and rigging. 

The advantages of a tension wire grid are pretty straightforward:

  • You can have overhead and ground crews working simultaneously. Because TWGs practically eliminate the need for ladders and man lifts, the ground crew can work unimpeded while the lighting, sound and rigging crews are working safely above.
  • There is no special training required to use a TWG, making it ideal for students and volunteers.
  • A tension wire grid effectively eliminates falling hazards. 
  • There is no discernible loss of focus, signal, or energy when you direct light or sound through the woven surface.

What makes SkyDeck™, our tension wire grid system, the best?  SkyDeck™ has a range of innovative features that improve the overall functionality and efficiency of a tension wire grid.

Let’s start with the inherently self-preserving design. SkyDeck™’s unique design maximizes cable life and strength eliminating the need for re-tensioning throughout the life of the grid. 

SkyDeck™ is designed for rapid installation. The lightweight modular design allows for efficient installation reducing storage and on-site costs. 

Hybrid steel frame is engineered for very low weight to strength ratio. The standard SkyDeck™ framing is only 2" thick!

Near flush walking surface. We use socket head tapered fasteners, no sharp edges, no hex head bolts to minimize tripping hazards. 

SkyDeck™ is not only modular but easily configurable. Individual panels can be removed or placed at varying elevations. 




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December 2017
This little gem of a space is the Regent Street Black Box Theater, which is part of the The George S. and Dolores Dorè Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, UT. Pop over to Layton Construction for a nice write up with cool photos. The SkyDeck™ in the photo measures over 2,000 square feet. It's comprised of 36 modular grid panels, including one that's hinged. The Eccles Theater was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in conjunction with the Salt Lake arm of HKS Architects, Inc.. The grid panels were designed and manufactured at IA Stage's fabrication facility in Sanford, FL, and then...
December 2017
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