Unique Access Solutions are Game Changers
Sports stadiums are more than buildings. They’re our grand national stages where legends are born, history unfolds and lifelong memories are made. BrandSafway’s full line of unique access solutions makes it easy for stadiums to be renovated and restored— ensuring fans will be able to keep cheering their teams on for years to come.
Grand slam access at Busch Stadium
When the St. Louis Cardinals’ Busch Stadium needed a major paint job and related surface prep work on a roof over the upper grandstand, everyone involved understood that the project would have to be limited to the off-seasons. In addition, the painting had to be done when temperatures were above 35 degrees, which meant work would have to be wedged between the first warm days in February and the home opener in April over several years
But the challenges didn’t stop there. The roof, at its highest, is about 35 feet above the upper grandstand seating it protects. And in addition, the work included a large vertical face that overhangs the seats below by about four feet. In light of these challenging logistics, initially the contractor figured that huge scaffolding structures would have to be put up every season and that work would need to stop in time for all the scaffolding to be removed before the start of the baseball season. This would mean it would take five off-seasons to complete.
However, with innovative engineering and equipment, BrandSafway was able to complete the project in just two years (versus five), with a savings of $60,000. Three rolling platforms built from HAKISPAN 750 equipment were combined with Systems™ Scaffold, which allowed for seamless access to the entire length of the work area. This solution used less equipment, was faster to set up and remove, and required fewer laborers; just four workers were needed to move the entire five-ton HAKI® structure along under the overhead work area as the job progressed. In an industry where labor, timelines, and budgets are tight and safety regulations are strict, this solution hit a grand slam.
Addition to Clemson Tigers’ gridiron
When the WestZone Complex was going to be added to Frank Howard Field at Clemson Memorial Stadium, Hogan Construction contacted BrandSafway’s Charlotte Branch, an access provider capable of working with complicated site logistics.
The challenges were numerous. Construction would be ongoing during operating hours, and the access solution couldn’t obstruct the daily activities of the stadium or any special events. In addition, the scaffold structure would need to be partially installed prior to the Oculus (a signature architectural feature and part of the WestZone Complex) being built, and scaffold would be added as needed, allowing full access to the interior and exterior of the entrance walls where craftspeople would be installing steel, fireproofing and metal panels. There was also limited space for a staging area and several phases of the work had to be performed in tight spaces that included large pieces of machinery.
The BrandSafway Charlotte Branch developed a carefully engineered scaffold structure, which provided maximum space between deck levels as needed and eliminated the need for shoring. This solution provided access for workers without interfering with the stadium’s operations. The Charlotte team also delivered equipment to the site as needed to reduce the space required for staging. With the flexibility and ingenuity of the BrandSafway team, the contractor was able to shave five weeks off the project schedule, saving money and improving safety.
The finished addition includes a wide pedestrian walkway to provide an enhanced fan-friendly experience for Tiger-enthusiasts, a four-level museum and an expansion of the northwest concourse.
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