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Case Study: The Globe at AT&T’s Discovery District

Every now and then a project comes along that is incredibly special.

During 2019 Craig Barnshaw from Inductaflex visited Professional Polishing Services to talk about having some 316 2B sheets polished to UltraMarine. Whilst the quantity required was quite small, just 250 sq mtrs, the actual project was fascinating and much bigger than the quantity of stainless steel.

Inductaflex were making the largest and most complex bending project in the World. The huge three dimensional formed twisted aluminium profiles were formed on a bespoke machine manufactured by Inductaflex UK after hundreds of hours of engineering analysis before they produced the first bend. This structure would then be clad in the polished stainless steel.

Photo Credit Inductaflex Ltd

The end result was to be an interactive stage with lights and sound to be installed in the center of AT&T’s Discovery District® in Dallas, Texas. Called the Globe, the internal structure is as stunning as the exterior use of UltraMarine finish on the stainless steel which reflects the surrounding buildings. If you venture inside the Globe there is an interactive light and sound experience.

Managing Director of Professional Polishing Services Ltd, Kirsty Davies-Chinnock visited the Globe when it was being assembled prior to shipping to Dallas to inspect the polishing finish as it was installed onto the frame.

Initially polished in sheet sizes 3000 x 1500 x 6mm and 4000 x 1500 x 6mm the finish itself has a high degree of reflectivity with clean clarity suitable for the impressive design.

The design strategy of the District showcases diverse elements and is a unique redevelopment of their headquarters, making them a center for visitors, employees and the local community.

It is fitting that such a unique design serves such a unique function. AT&T describe the Discovery District® as “A new downtown destination where tech, culture and entertainment combine to create unique experiences.”

The Globe itself is 30 foot high and incorporates 300,000 LED lights as well as the most innovative bending structure and 250 sq mtrs of UltraMarine 316 Stainless Steel.

Photo credit AT&T