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Celebrating our 30th year, F & D Scene Changes Ltd. has been internationally celebrated for our talent in transforming our clients ideas into reality.

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  • Working in the Background Enhancing the Foreground

    Tucked inside the community of Ramsay, F&D Scene Changes Ltd. quietly goes about their business and does so largely unnoticed by the general public unless youre a patron of the performing arts and enter-tainment industry.

    And when you step inside their office, the walls are lined floor to ceiling with photographs of sets and scenery from all corners of the world: all designed and built in the F&D shop.

    For three decades, their sets have graced the stages worldwide from Broadway to Hong Kong. They have built sets for Hollywood, Disney, Cirque du soleil and dozens of museum exhibits throughout North America. Closer to home, if youve recently caught the Broadway shows Wick-ed, Mary Poppins or Les Mis, then youve seen their scenery.

    With our history in the entertainment industry, there isnt very much that we havent been asked to build, ex-plains Leyton Morris, project manager.

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    By Mary Savage

    30TH ANNIVERSARY

  • A few years ago, responding to the changing economic climate, F&D altered their course and started to reinvent themselves on a more local level. Although they continue to design and build sets, today the majority of their work focuses on specialty fixtures for the architectural world and themes for the retail sector, mainly projects that are too fussy and complicated for most construction businesses to take on.

    The construction standards in the theatre industry are far more precise and exact than anything youd find in the real world, ex-plains Morris. In addition to the precision aspect, the structures have to come apart and go back together again for years all with moving parts. This meet-ing of two distinct worlds has left its mark in and around Calgary.

    Inside the Calgary Zoo, they have built and painted Desti-nation Africa, Creatures of the Night, the entrance to the South American Pavilion, Eurasian Marsh and the popular new ex-hibit, Penguin Plunge.

    Other notable projects include the new Calgary Stampede Entry Gate (17th Avenue access), the larger-than-life Mardi Gras masks inside the Elbow River Casino, large icons inside and outside

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    The new West Entry Gate to the Stampede Grounds.

  • CrossIron Mills and a host of other public venues. And if you watched the Calgary Stampedes 100th Anniversary parade, F&D was there; they designed and built seven of the floats.

    We have started doing a lot of custom retail themes and public art, so weve started to chase a whole new world, says Leyton. We complement the architectural features and the work we create today is astonishing and challenging: some of these structures are 65 ft tall and are permanent installations that need to withstand the ex-tremes of the Alberta climate. Often, the client will give us an elevation, a colour palette, and a general idea, but we figure out the details: the separation of layers, structural components and the finishing materials.

    On the 54th and 55th floor of the Encana building down-town (The Bow), F&D is fabricating a sculpted shell that surrounds the seating in their lecture hall. The complexity of the design did not lend itself to a prefabricated com-

    mercial system, so F&Ds custom-building expertise in unique situations was a tremendous asset.

    F&D pre-builds most of the projects in their shop and this has proven to be a welcome asset in the commercial world. Presently, we are prefabricating retail units for in-stallation in the Edmonton Airport, remarks Morris. Since

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    security is restricted in many areas of the airport, the retail units are pre-built in our shop, shipped to Edmonton and set up over the course of a couple evenings when public traffic is at a minimum. Once we start the installation, the store is usually up and running within three to four days.

    One of the things that sets us apart is our crew its one of our greatest assets. Many of our trades people are SAIT graduates and most of our painters and sculptors are ACAD graduates; we have some of the finest talent in the world working at F&D, adds Morris. Its not often you hear a client say to you, this is better than I ever dreamed pos-sible! but we work very hard to build our clients vision and then some.

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