Pre-Construction Preparations | Part 1

September 7, 2007 at 9:32 am | Posted in 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, AD Greenroom - Primetime Emmys, Backstage, Design, Eco-Luxury, Materials, Pre-construction, Shrine Auditorium, Timothy Corrigan | Leave a comment

Just a few days ago I came back from the workshop where we made the paneled walls that will make up the Architectural Digest Greenroom. Because the wood maker Jose Wawrik has a huge warehouse, we were able to assemble an actual room that is the exact size and configuration of the Greenroom! We replicated the room’s exact dimensions down to the inch in order to make sure that on Monday, September 10th—the one day that we have to install the Greenroom—we will be able to bring all of the walls into the Shrine Auditorium and have them fit perfectly to create our backstage oasis for the big night.

The Primetime Emmy Awards (as do most television shows) use union labor, so all of the actual installation of the Greenroom and all of the stage sets must be done by members of the Local 33 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees; they will have only three hours to assemble an entire room that we want to look as if it had been in an old English country house for centuries. I have never had to construct an entire room with such detailed precision; there will be no time or room for any errors or last-minute adjustments.

Here is one of the detailed drawings we developed in order to create the paneled walls:

AD Greenroom - Timothy Corrigan Elevation Detail | Sketch 2

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This is an overview of two of the walls and as you can see, each wall has a code–Elevation #1 (E1), Elevation #2 (E2), etc.–that corresponds to the various walls or elevations of each part of the room. We have factored in the exact size of all of the Sharp AQUOS Full HD LCD TVs that actually will be recessed into the paneled wood walls of the room. All of the other details, such as the location of the light sconces and the size of the art, have been factored in as well. I have my fingers crossed that we have all of the dimensions correct so that we don’t have any surprises on install day!

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