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Purchase Alums Work on Winter Olympics for Canadian Television

Date Released: 1/5/2010

When the 2010 Winter Olympics are beamed around the world a group of recent Purchase alums will play a role in broadcast coverage for Canadian Television.

When the Winter Olympics are beamed around the world, a group of Purchase alums will play a role in the broadcast coverage for Canadian Television. All are recent graduates who work for Blackwalnut Solutions.

 

The company has been contracted to build the broadcast environments for Canadian Television’s coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  The environments will include six indoor television studios housed at the Vancouver Convention Center and one outdoor studio which will be constructed in the Mountain Square at Whistler Village near the ski slopes.

 

Roger Coleman ’08 the project manager explained that “All of the fabrication will take place at our shop located in Valley Cottage, NY just across the Tappan-Zee Bridge. Blackwalnut builds scenery for television, theatre, exhibits, and special events.  Our shop is now over 30,000 square feet and houses a full metal shop as well as carpentry, scenic paint, laminate, plastics and electric shops.  We have a CNC router and full 3d CAD capabilities in the Drafting Department.  We have built scenery for ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, Gannett, BELO Broadcasting, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Nissan, Merrill Lynch, Disney, CNBC, Embassy Row and many other high profile clients.”

 

As the project manager, Roger is the main contact between the design company, engineering firm and the shop.  He is responsible for the budgeting and ordering of materials and makes sure the scenery being produced matches the design specs.

 

Robert Spink ’08 director of drafting oversees the technical design.  His group, which includes Mark Gatta ’05, converts the drawings from the design company to construction drawings or blueprints from which the metal, carpentry, and laminate departments can build the scenery.  They decide what materials should be used, how a piece should be fabricated and whether it can do what it was intended to do.

 

Once approved, the drawings are sent to Lee Martindell ’05 the director of shop operations.  He is responsible for scheduling and staffing and coordinates with all departments to set internal and external deadlines.  His responsibility is to make sure all projects are completed on time and meet the company’s quality standard. 

 

Nick Franzoso '05 lead installer, is responsible for "loading-in" the scenery.  When it is shipped to Vancouver he is the on-site manager of the installation.  He makes sure everything comes together as planned, and that the quality and appearance of the set is as good or better than it looked in the shop.  This is very important because much of the scenery is broadcast in High Definition. Nick will be on hand during the Olympics to make sure everything is perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the Winter Olympics are beamed around the world, a group of Purchase alums will play a role in the broadcast coverage for Canadian Television. All are recent graduates who work for Blackwalnut Solutions.

The company has been contracted to build the broadcast environments for Canadian Television’s coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  The environments will include six indoor television studios housed at the Vancouver Convention Center and one outdoor studio which will be constructed in the Mountain Square at Whistler Village near the ski slopes.

 

Roger Coleman ’08 the project manager explained that “All of the fabrication will take place at our shop located in Valley Cottage, NY just across the Tappan-Zee Bridge. Blackwalnut builds scenery for television, theatre, exhibits, and special events.  Our shop is now over 30,000 square feet and houses a full metal shop as well as carpentry, scenic paint, laminate, plastics and electric shops.  We have a CNC router and full 3d CAD capabilities in the Drafting Department.  We have built scenery for ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, Gannett, BELO Broadcasting, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Nissan, Merrill Lynch, Disney, CNBC, Embassy Row and many other high profile clients.”

 

As the project manager, Roger is the main contact between the design company, engineering firm and the shop.  He is responsible for the budgeting and ordering of materials and makes sure the scenery being produced matches the design specs.

 

Robert Spink ’08 director of drafting oversees the technical design.  His group, which includes Mark Gatta ’05, converts the drawings from the design company to construction drawings or blueprints from which the metal, carpentry, and laminate departments can build the scenery.  They decide what materials should be used, how a piece should be fabricated and whether it can do what it was intended to do.

 

Once approved, the drawings are sent to Lee Martindell ’05 the director of shop operations.  He is responsible for scheduling and staffing and coordinates with all departments to set internal and external deadlines.  His responsibility is to make sure all