When the lights go on at the new ASB Theatre Marlborough, bathing the stage in spectacular hues, spare a thought for the electricians who scaled great heights to install them.
Marlborough’s largest electrical business, Callahan & Martella Electrical, will this month round off their work on the facility.
“This is one of the biggest jobs that has been undertaken in Marlborough for a number of years,” says Callahan & Martella Electrical co-owner Ian Martella.
“As Robinson Constructions’ largest sub-contractor on the job and also being local, what we have achieved is a feat in itself.”Callahan & Martella was selected over big city electrical contractors for the project, says Ian.
“We had the home ground advantage. Blenheim’s a small town and we’re not a big contractor, but we’re really proud of the fact that we are local and got a chance to work on this local project: It’s great to have a little guy doing a big job.”
Although Callahan & Martella has tackled many large industrial projects, the theatre was uniquely challenging because of the height at which the lights had to be installed.
This required an immense amount of preparation using ingenuity and common sense based on years of experience in the trade. The result is immensely satisfying for Ian.
“Given my propensity for lighting design, to be able to work with the architects and achieve the result with the lighting that is truly spectacular, it is stunning. To be involved in this, a world-class design, is something I’m very proud of.”