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House of Air gives flight to the flightless;
bifold door gives open air to the hangar

Rental units feature schweiss bifold liftstrap/autolatch doors

A custom-made 41 ft. 6" x 19 ft. 3" Schweiss glass liftstrap bifold designer door opens up to the entrance of the House of Air trampoline park in San Francisco, California.
(Photo courtesy of Michael Clemens - Sees The Day Photography)

One guy was unable to catch or dodge the ball.

A staff of trainers give instructions and Olympians come to House of Air for training.
(House of Air Website photo)

House of Air is an indoor trampoline park located in a historic airplane hangar at West Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, California, not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. What used to house high-flying aircraft, now houses hundreds of energetic youth-minded people, some of whom can now exercise a different style of high flight.

Many of the original components of the historic airplane hangar were left intact, but the construction project to renovate and bring a historic building up to modern-day use standards was definitely an extensive undertaking. The hangar historically was used as a military airplane hangar when The Presidio was a United States military base.

House of Air has won many architectural and facility awards for their efforts including the IDEAS2 American Institute of Steel Construction National Award; the Hospitality Design Award for Creative Achievement Open Category Finalist; and the Arch Daily Building of the Year Award for Sports Architecture Finalist.

"House of Air is without a doubt one-of-a-kind," said General Manager Shoshanna Moody. "We pride ourselves in being unique and being the best trampoline park around. We offer a wide array of great programs and training that are not offered at other trampoline parks. As far as I know we are the only trampoline park located in a historic airplane hangar with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge."

The athletic and recreational facility is now host to open trampoline jump time, aerial and physical training, trampoline dodgeball, mini programs for beginner gymnastics, private coaching, conditioning and fitness classes. Parties and picnics are popular for individuals, groups, family, corporate meetings and party rentals. A wide variety of fun events take place there seven days a week. House of Air also hosts special events throughout the year and is open to rentals during all seasons throughout the year.

A team of trainers specializing in gymnastics with years of experience in snowboarding, trampoline and skiing are on hand for a day of fun or to provide training exercises and conditioning for when the winter months come around. Olympic athletes conduct special training sessions and also come to train with House of Air trainers to practice their aerial skills.

The Schweiss glass bifold door opens up a big area at House of Air allowing for additional light and ventilation.

The Schweiss glass bifold door opens up a big area at House of Air allowing for additional light and ventilation.
(House of Air Website photo)

"We cater to all age groups 2 years and older, depending on the program and jump type. I would say we are most popular in the age group of 7 years to 16 years old. We have a strong following of adults aged 22-45 who participate in our Adult Dodgeball Leagues, Air Conditioning workout classes, and Training Ground and Board-Sports Trampoline Classes," added Moody.

The most popular age group of 7 to 16 year-olds get plenty of exercise jumping on the trampolines.

Adult dodgeball leagues and many other activities keep House of Air busy seven days a week.
(Photo by Michael Clemens)

The most popular age group of 7 to 16 year-olds get plenty of exercise jumping on the trampolines.

The most popular age group of 7 to 16 year-olds get plenty of exercise jumping on the trampolines.
(Photo by Michael Clemens)

With all the activity going on in this building at one time, it's nice to be able to open the doors for some fresh or cool air. A 41' 6" x 19' 3" custom made Schweiss bifold liftstrap glass designer door is installed at the entrance to the large hangar building. Not only does the glass door open for ventilation purposes, but it gives those inside and out a beautiful view when open or shut. It's also quite convenient for moving equipment in and out of the building. The door is equipped with electric photo eye sensors and a door base safety edge.

"The bifold door at the front of the building serves many purposes. It is an homage to our history as a historic airplane hangar. Additionally, we open the bifold door regularly for ventilation and to attract customers into our park. The door is effective in letting in a large amount of light," noted Moody.

Hathaway Dinwiddie and BC Schmidt Construction go to work on the renovation
A lot of work went into renovation of the building for its present use, and the General Contractor for this project was Hathaway Dinwiddie, an award-winning company that services California's most dynamic markets. For nearly a century they have helped the nation's premier companies and institutions develop landmark structures and quality interior spaces throughout the San Francisco Bay area, Silicon Valley and Southern California.

One guy was unable to catch or dodge the ball.

One guy was unable to catch or dodge the ball.
(Photo by Michael Clemens)

Chris Conrad from that company coordinated through Schweiss Doors the acquisition of the bifold door used in the House of Air project.

"I may not have been as involved as some of Hathaway Dinwiddie's other ventures such as the $22 million redo of the renovation to create a mini-convention center or upgrade of what turned out to be one of the largest construction management projects at the 50 UN Plaza, but like all other jobs, we put our heart and soul and expertise to the task at hand. And this project turned out great," said Conrad.

The House of Air Project earned Hathaway Dinwiddie an award from the American Institute of Steel Construction in the category of Adaptive Reuse Project Incorporating Structural steel.

Installation of the House of Air glass bifold door was done by BC Schmidt Construction, Inc. of Williams, California. Owner, Bill Schmidt, said he has installed many Schweiss hydraulic and bifold doors since he started his business in 1995. Among them are such notables as a specially designed bifold door at AT&T Stadium for the San Francisco Giant organization and doors for the Napa Valley Hall Winery. Hall Winery was California’s first winery to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification.

House of Air's mascot 'Geronimo', a penguin with a jet-pack, is shown entertaining at Airfest.

House of Air's mascot "Geronimo," a penguin with a jet-pack, is shown entertaining at Airfest. Very fitting mascot, because "House of Air, Gives Flight to the Flightless."
(House of Air Website photo)

"I love 'em, said Schmidt. "I've installed over 400 Schweiss doors. I've noticed the changes to the doors over the years and am very happy with the (bifold) strap design which now outsells the cable doors. I also like the hydraulic Schweiss doors, I recently installed two for Yahoo.

Schmidt added that he has flown out to see the Schweiss factory in Fairfax, Minnesota and was quite impressed with the smooth running operation. He spent time consulting with Schweiss personnel on a special floor panel door project.

"For the price you pay for a Schweiss Door, it's awesome. The Schweiss Designer Doors offer architects many design options. I would like to see architects consult with Schweiss Doors to learn more about their products and what options are available," added Schmidt.

His company is involved in construction projects and government work from Washington state to San Diego and employs upwards to 30 people.

House of Air
House of Air is co-owned by its two co-founders: Dave Schaeffer and Paul McGeehan. For more information on House of Air, visit their website at www.houseofair.com or call them at 415-345-9675. They strongly recommend making reservations in advance as they typically sell out weekends 2-3 days in advance. Their Mission Statement is "To provide the active public with the most awesome, exciting, and accessible airborne recreational activity in any market."


One guy was unable to catch or dodge the ball.

A trampolinist is silhouetted in front of the Schweiss open door. House of Air is located not far from the Golden Gate Bridge in the Presidio.
(House of Air Website photo)

Hathaway Dinwiddie
Hathaway Dinwiddie's success in the Los Angeles area earned them a top three spot by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Their award-winning expertise, workmanship, collaboration and pride are evident in every element of the projects they've completed. From skyline defining high-rises to historic cathedrals and cutting-edge research facilities, Hathaway Dinwiddie's projects have become mainstays of urban, educational, cultural and business landscapes. They have a century of building experience which has taught them how to innovate and grow with the times.

Hathaway Dinwiddie corporate headquarters is in San Francisco. They can be reached there at 415-986-2718. Other California locations include Santa Clara, 408-988-4200 and Los Angeles, 213-236-0500, or visit their website at www.hdcco.com.

BC Schmidt Construction
BC Schmidt Construction specializes in metal buildings, hangars, door systems, home repair and improvement and home and garden projects. They experienced in remote construction, security enhancements, pre-engineered buildings, mine closures, modular buildings, sprung structures, water systems and other specialty construction work. They can be reached at: www.bcschmidt.com or by calling one of three locations at: 5525 Turner Road, Williams, CA, 530-473-5423; Oceanside, CA, 213-507-8845 or Tacoma, WA, 253-242-3338.

A trampolinist is silhouetted in front of the Schweiss open door. House of Air is located not far from the Golden Gate Bridge in the Presidio.

A beautiful sunset view of the surroundings outside House of Air's open door.
(House of Air Website photo)

 A staff of trainers give instructions and Olympians come to House of Air for training.

House of Air caters to all age groups 2 years and older. Here, Spiderman takes to the air. (House of Air Website photo)

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Hugging the southwest corner of Long Island, New York, Brooklyn's earlier identity was mostly hitched to Coney Island beach and the Brooklyn Dodgers of baseball immortality. Today the city is enjoying a renaissance of rediscovery by artists, retailers, ambitious contractors and creative landscapers including the Andre Kikoski Architect firm which just wrapped up the complete renovation of two empty, abandoned warehouse buildings on 22-28 Wyckoff Ave.
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Consolidation is that aggressive word which has been enveloping agricultural business for several years now. In simple terms, it results in fewer but bigger. And that certainly is the recent history of the farm implement business, which used to pride itself on having eight, 10, even 12 or more dealerships per county. Today three or four farm equipment dealers per county is more the usual. But ownership of farm implement stores today often includes multiple locations throughout an entire state.
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Flying since he got the bug when working the fishing canaries in Alaska, Eric Hutchins, Grand Rapids, MN, has a rather diversified agenda these days. For example he runs a year-round Dairy Queen in this bustling tourist center town. He also does some part-time law enforcement work and occasionally flies fire detection with the MN DNR. When time permits, high on his agenda is getting together with his snowmobile buddies for a few miles through the beautiful lake and woodland country of Itasca County.
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In September of 2009, we started the rehabilitation of Hanger 155 at Chippewa County International Airport in Kincheloe, MI. Our first step was to remove 60 years worth of lead paint from the existing steel substructure and miles of asbestos-containing material. When the building was safe to work in, our demolition subcontractor started on the roof system.
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It's big, 43,500 square feet. It has a special floral display unit out front courtesy of the employees and the general contractor. You walk into an 'eye catching' 100' x 160' 'Consumer Display' section complete with a 10' high shelf showcasing various John Deere 'consumer goods'. And greeting you at the retail counter is a colorful prairie scene with an old country barn, woodlots, fields of corn and wheat plus a depiction of the original 1-bottom plow that launched the John Deere machinery company. A show place of sorts? Yes, indeed.
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Well, it's all of the above for 62-year-old Daniel Shaw, a plumbing contractor at Geneva, Fla. Who has given new meaning to the term "hangar home." The structure is 50' wide x 60' deep x 30' tall, all metal/ However, a 45' x 15' Schweiss hydraulic door sporting a wrap-around porch with decorator railing, table and chairs, a "walk through" door with stylish window, and veranda "roof" gets your attention.
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Schweiss Hydraulic and Bifold Doors recently installed four new hydraulic doors at the Renville County Fairgrounds located in Bird Island, MN. The Renville County Board approached Schweiss looking for a way to open up the event building located at the county's fairgrounds. The event building is used to host live bands, beer gardens and public auctions by Henslin Auction Services. Hydraulic doors seemed like the perfect solution to open up the building and allow easy access to the building for large groups of people.
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We're no longer just selling iron. Today we're selling precision farming products and that requires special training of both our personnel and our farm customers," says Paal Haug, general manager of Haug Implement with stores at Willmar and Litchfield
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The creativity of customers continues to be a driving force for many manufacturers. Take for example North Star Imaging, Inc., a Rogers, Minnesota manufacturer of industrial x-ray systems which are enclosed by a radiation shielding cabinet and access door and used by manufacturing firms in the aerospace, military, automotive, medical device, electronics, even the genetic seed industry and many more.
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How do you make the loading dock area for your store secure, yet still easily accessible and stylish? This Target store in North Carolina found the answer with two 39' x 17' bifold gates for their loading area. Give us your idea and we will get you the door.
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What looked like a near impossible situation without some totally new engineering design instead turned out to be a remarkable solution to an extreme challenge. The challenge? How to fit a "roof door" over a 20' by 30' sandblasting chamber used by SMS Millcraft, Oil City, PA. This firm specializes in refurbishing component parts for various Pennsylvania steel mills.
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It is rare that an Air Tractor dealership changes hands. It cant be done without an approval from Air Tractor, Inc. This requirement became all too apparent to Bill Taylor of Farm Air in Fairfield Illinois. Bill was starting to think about retiring from the business he formed in 1976. Shortly after forming Farm Air, Bill saw a need for Air Tractors in the Midwest, and approached Air Tractor about becoming a dealer. Over thirty successful years later, Bill decided it was time to sell Farm Air with its Air Tractor dealership intact.
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This custom set of Schweiss Bifold Doors was the perfect solution to provide a unique dining experience for this restaurant's patio bar customers.
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