USA’s Work Shines at the Kimmel Center

USA recently completed an eight-foot, outdoor, LED cube display, installed at the Kimmel Center to kick off the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. The Cube, as we affectionately call it, was conceptualized by Red Tettemer and Edwards Technologies, Inc. as advertising for the festival and was brought to life by USA to remain a permanent fixture at the Kimmel Center.

Kimmel Center PIFA Cube

Our scope of work included management, design, engineering, fabrication of the steel framework, integration of the LED display components and installation. USA started the project by taking a careful site survey of the dedicated space for dimensions and wind load assessment at the corner of Spruce and Broad Street, just down the street from City Hall. We took the lead role in providing the project team with drawings, material specifications, outdoor site conditions, engineering calculations and stamps to certify that control documents met all safety standards and the piece would be structurally sound. 

Progress at the Shop

The LED walls are made with 72 interlinked LED panels that are each one foot square. The panels had a very tight tolerance and a long lead time, so our 3,000 pounds of steel fabrication had to be fabricated to exact and square dimensions without having the LED panels in hand. USA’s certified welders worked to build and check the framework step by step, creating solid and square connections that were critical to incorporate the other components seamlessly.

Installation of PIFA Cube

When it came to installation, USA worked with George Young Company (they moved the Liberty Bell too) for hoisting the cube from our truck to its final destination. We mapped out the installation plan together with careful planning to process and safety. Installation started at 5am on a Saturday morning and the Cube was complete and running before noon that same day. Just in time for a celebratory team lunch in the heart of downtown Philadelphia!

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