Solar Reserve Showcase Cubes
SolarReserve are based in California, USA and are a cutting edge developer of utility-scale solar power projects delivered globally. The company has commercialised solar thermal energy storage that enables solar power plants to deliver electricity day and night.
Recently SolarReserve was appointed to construct the Aurora Solar Energy project in Port Augusta, South Australia.
In October 2017 they approached us to construct a presentation featuring their power station. This needed to be completed and delivered to Adelaide in time for the Job EX trade fair. This left us just two weeks to design, build and deliver a solution.
The initial brief called for the construction of three large cubes as well as a showcase housing for a highly detailed and delicate scale model of their power plant. The design had to include specific colours and finishes on different faces of the housing.
With only two weeks to complete this project, and with the client being based in the USA we dedicated our Head of Production, Cam Roberts, to manage the project from start to finish. Due to the time differences we had to be very specific and clear with our recommendations particularly with regard to appropriate materials and finishes necessary to achieve a premium level of presentation.
After several consultations with the client it was decided that a combination of timber, acrylic and some laser etched panels, as well as colour matched printed panels would achieve the desired effect.
As the design included numerous printed panels (over 12 were required, each of different sizes), it was imperative that the project followed a strict timeline to ensure everything was ready for assembly.
Sizing of the clear showcase housing was critical as it had to fit the model exactly. Wanting a seamless finish, we designed a hidden "former" to hold the showcase in place on top of the whole display. The solution worked perfectly, and the end result was exceptional.
Keeping the client fully briefed on developments was essential. As Cam said:
“I knew this was a major event for Julianne with a very tight deadline. Additionally she was on the other side of the world and this was her first experience using our company. I wanted to make sure she could sleep at night so kept her up to speed throughout the whole project, maybe I did send too many progress reports but I figured too many is much better than not enough”
This included sending photographs of the finished product whilst it was still in the factory and of course at the set-up of the event itself. The client was not only thrilled with the end product but was also very impressed with the service and level of communication that was given at all times.
Quote before the event:
“Hi Cameron,Thanks for the photos! The display looks great. You and your team have done an amazing job – THANK YOU! A pleasure to work with Displays 2 Go – you truly love what you do - it shows. 😊 “
Quote after the event:
“Hi Cameron, Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, the show was a success. I believe there were over 8,000 people in attendance. My boss was very happy with the final product. Thanks for making us look like rock stars! Best”
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