Designed by renowned architect,
Jeffrey Beers, Todd English’s Blue Zoo Restaurant is
truly a work of art. As part of the design effort, the Beers
team brought Brad Oldham to the project to engineer, design
and install a never-been-done-before treatment to the six
columns in the restaurant.
Brad Oldham engineered how to facilitate the
concept onto columns, which required undertaking an intricate
installation process by an eight-person team over six days.
Each 3/8-inch aluminum rod had to be hung by hand, and there
were 432 rods, each 12 feet long, on each column. The six
structural columns were covered with this rod curtain treatment,
but every column was slightly different; on the plans, the
columns were shown as perfectly round, but they were actually
slightly askew. Since the columns had to have a uniform look,
the hanging system for each column then had to be adapted
to fit the actual, skewed columns. The team worked with the
lighting architect on the rows of spotlights at top of the
column cascade and down the inside of the rod curtain. The
Brad Oldham team also worked closely with the fire marshal,
the contractor and the owner to ensure the treatment worked
according to the standards of the many interested parties.
The six structural columns have become an iconic
component of the space experience at Blue Zoo Restaurant.