On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Brad Swet (May 28, 1984) and Brandon Blackmore (February 15, 1992) died when taking down the GuildWorks array at Pickathon and their boom lift fell. They were in the process of repositioning the lift to reach the next set of ropes in the trees when the accident happened.
The Brad Swet and Brandon Blackmore Memorial Fund has been established by Pickathon and GuildWorks to support the families and will serve as the public memorial. Funds raised will be split evenly between the families. Brad’s family will use the funds to help cover funeral expenses and conserve timber land in his name. Brandon’s family will donate funds towards nature conservancy programs in his name. This memorial fund gives us all a way to honor these valuable and beloved members of our communities and their love of the outdoors.
Brad and Brandon were remarkable friends who shared an unusual bond. They loved being in the trees together, were passionate about installing at Pickathon each year and were incredibly proud of their work. They were known for their professionalism, creative thinking, and dedication to their craft. Their joy for life was contagious and they touched everyone with their laughter and enthusiasm. They both have a wealth of friends who greatly admire them and will be dearly missed.
Please contribute the Brad Swet and Brandon Blackmore Memorial Fund and/or share. If you’re looking for other ways to help, you could plant a tree, volunteer with a tree-planting program or contribute your time and talent to a nature conservancy.
"All our wisdom is stored in the trees." ― Santosh Kalwar
Who’s excited for Pickathon 2019?! We are! Since 2005 - that’s 14 years! - GuildWorks has been installing tensile fabric structures that provide beauty, shade, and flair to the popular Pickathon Music Festival. Beautifully hand-crafted and colorful, these massive canopies hover ethereally over the grounds.
Built by our world-class design and sky teams, Pickathon's Mountain Stage is one of the largest temporary festival tension structures in the world. Our designs have gone on to create permanent tension structures for places like SOMO Village and the iconic Riverfront Park Plaza Pavilion at the former 1974 World’s Fair site in Spokane, WA.
Installation began last week! Over 250,000 square feet of hand-dyed fabric, 12 miles of rope, 1000 linear feet of stage truss, 10 miles of tension lines, tens of thousands of pounds of tension and thousands of work hours go into building the stage and audience array.
We’ll be at the 21st Annual Pickathon, August 2-4 at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, OR. Come say hi...see you there!
These plans show the overview of months of engineering studies of the original structure when covered with fabric, the existing cable net structure (as it exists today) as well as the new shading. The new shade array complements the original structure and honors the intent of the 1974 construction.
Guildworks just completed the Sonoma Mountain (SOMO) Village stage canopy! This beautiful 30’ x 40’ permanent tension membrane structure gently spans the stage providing shelter as well as a dramatic contrast to the surrounding environment during events.
A specialized architectural membrane was laid out on our computerized plotter/cutting table and heat welded to create the permanent shade canopy.
SOMO Village is an internationally recognized redevelopment project located in beautiful Rohnert Park, California. The community is a leading example of a thriving and sustainable development committed to nature, culture, comfort, innovation and technology.
Guildworks strives to design and install permanent projects that share our values of sustainability, community, design, and function. As a forward-thinking company in a rapidly changing climate, we know our choices have a profound impact. We use highly durable and recyclable architectural fabrics that use a fraction of the materials used in traditional buildings. This material efficiency makes every part of our building process more sustainable.
After several months of construction, the Arizona Center in Phoenix announced in March 2019 that its $25 million face-lift had been completed.
Among the upgrades: a unique tension structure featuring specialized nets and architectural fabric elements. The structure was designed, engineered, fabricated, and installed by GuildWorks based in Portland Oregon.
The Arizona Center is located at the corner of Third and Van Buren streets in the heart of Arizona. It features an shops; an entertainment stage; outdoor lounges; valet parking and bike racks; updated landscaping, water features and new lighting features.
The goal of the tension structure was not about creating shade, but establishing a unique artistic expression that would make the center stand out and draw people to space. Visit our Gallery to learn more in our Arizona Center Case Study.