What’s New with Code Compliance?

If you recall from our Bleacher Safety: What’s Your Risk? series, the Ohio Administrative Code directs you to the International Code Council (ICC) for guidance on code compliance in regard to Bleachers defined as: “Tiered seating supported on a dedicated structural system and two or more rows high.”

As of November 1, 2017, the portion of the Ohio Administrative Code that pertains to Bleachers and Bleacher Inspections will be updated to reference the latest version of the ICC-300 2012.

The details:  

You can see in the Ohio Administrative Code, where this information is listed. In the Ohio Building Code 1029, previously 1028, (found about ¾ down the page) you will see that:

1029.1.1: Bleachers. Bleachers, grandstands and folding and telescopic seating, that are not building elements, shall comply with Chapters 1-4 of ICC 300.

Referenced as, ICC 300-12, ICC Standard on Bleachers, Folding and Telescopic Seating within the Ohio Administrative Code, 4101:1-35-01 References.

What does this mean? This means that the Ohio Administrative Code is now up to date with the most recent version of the ICC-300, wherein previously it was lagging behind several years. However, it does still only reference Chapters 1-4 of the ICC-300, not Chapter 5 that includes more defined terms as well as additional information on existing bleacher units.

We stand by our original statement of following the full ICC-300 Chapters 1-5, because bottom line: we want to keep you safe and these standards, including Chapter 5, were intended to do so. It is in Chapter 5 that you’ll find the defined term “Qualified Person” as well as what it really means to keep your existing bleachers safe, including compliance standards when it comes to upgrades. We cannot stress this enough, because ultimately you are responsible for everyone that is using your equipment on your property. Your responsibility is to provide an environment that is free of recognized hazards. Because you are liable for any accidents or injury that may take place, why not try to reduce your risk as much as possible? The best way to do that is to stay up to date with the International Code Council’s latest version of the standards including Chapter 5. It’s been reviewed by the code council to be the most complete and up to date set of standards.

Have questions? Contact us and we are happy to help! 


Fairfield City School District | Central Elementary, Compass Elementary, & Fairfield Freshmen High School

Project Name: Central Elementary, Compass Elementary & Fairfield Freshmen School
Owner: Fairfield City School District
Architect: SHP Leading Design
Construction Manager: Skanska-Megen, Joint Venture
General Contractor: D.A.G Construction Co. (Fairfield Freshmen Bleacher, Athletic Equipment, and Auditorium Contract Only)
Scope Elementary Schools: Materials & Installation of Educational Casework and Wood Trim
Scope Fairfield Freshmen School: Materials & Installation of Educational Casework, Telescopic Seating, Athletic Equipment, and Auditorium Seating
Completion: August 2017

On October 15, 2015 the Fairfield City School District Community gathered for the groundbreaking for their new schools. At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the doors opened for students, faculty, and staff. Three new buildings were constructed: one to replace Central Elementary, one to replace the Freshmen School, and an entirely new school, Compass Elementary located directly across from Fairfield High School.

Central and Compass Elementary Schools mirror one another in design, with the exception of a change in color palette. Farnham Equipment Company supplied and installed Stevens Industries Educational Casework throughout both buildings. Both with a main finish of Fusion Maple, chose laminate backing of different colors: Central featured laminate in Ocean while Compass elementary highlighted with Leaf Green. Both utilized the traditional bent wire pulls and 5-knuckle hinges in Nickel. Central chose a countertop in Colosseum while Compass utilized Silver Twill as their countertop color choice.

A focal point for both buildings is the design of the new Media Centers. An open air design with aluminum posts, 3-Form & wood veneer accents give the new schools a sleek modern look.

Fairfield Freshmen also includes Stevens Industries Casework finished in Palisades Oak and a Pear Soapstone countertop with the same traditional bent wire pulls and 5-knuckle hinges in Nickel. The school also included laminates: Crystal White, Hollyberry, Ocean, and Orange Grove as accent colors. The Stevens science labs included a whiteboard style laminate for their upper cabinets for easy notating.

The Freshmen auditorium features Hussey Seating Company Traditional Quattro Seating with wood armrests with seat numbers and row letters. With 33 rows of seating, the auditorium can house up to 401 guests.

Hussey Seating Company Maxam26 Telescopic Bleachers are in the gymnasium featuring Bright Red CourtSide seating with Hussey’s new Auto-Rotating Aisle Rails. Auto-Rotating Aisle Rails are permanently mounted to the bleacher, and automatically rotate to the proper open or closed position during opening and closing.

Performance Sports Systems (PSS) Athletic Equipment includes basketball backstops on both the main court and side courts, divider curtain, wall pads, volleyball equipment, and a chin-up bar. Two Red scoreboards with wireless controllers were provided by All American Scoreboards.


Fairfield City School District | Central Elementary School

Fairfield City School District | Compass Elementary School

Fairfield City School District | Freshmen High School

Heidelberg University | Seiberling Gymnasium Bleacher Replacement

Heidelberg University unveiled their newly renovated Seiberling Gymnasium on August 18, and we were lucky enough to get in for a sneak peek the day before. The University kept the renovations under lock and key (actually replacing locks!) with windows covered, in anticipation of the official unveiling on August 18th prior to the first Heidelberg volleyball practice. Students and faculty gathered for many “ceremonial firsts” including the First Serve & Receive, First Takedown, First Shot & Assist, First Flip and First Dunk. Home of the volleyball, wrestling, and basketball teams, Seiberling Gymnasium is also utilized for six HYPE Career Ready Speakers, two Patricia Adams Lecture Series dinners and the Lichman-Behm Genocide Awareness Lectures.

“As a former player and now a coach, many emotions have been felt in this gym and I look forward to the impact it will have in the future. I can’t wait to share to with our prospective students. We’re only beginning to realize the impact it will have.”
- Head Women’s Basketball Coach Morgan Harrigan

The floor-to-ceiling renovation included new Hussey Seating Company Telescopic Bleachers. Two new Maxam26 bleacher banks, seating over 1500 guests, were personalized with black CourtSide Seats, Orange End Rails and Auto-Rotating Aisle Rails, and Safety End-Closure Curtains customized with The Student Prince.
Maximizing its accessibility for patrons, the Maxam26 bleachers include flex rows for optimal seating options. Maximizing its accessibility for faculty and staff, the bleachers feature ease of use accessories such as a wireless pendant control, auto-rotating aisle rails, and hinged floor to first row aisle steps making set up seamless and less labor intensive.

We recognize the impact of renovated space, and for these students, it’s much more than a color scheme – it’s opportunity.

“Because of this renovation, we finally get to host our own tournament and it’s something we look forward to.”
- Heidelberg University senior Rachel Raimondo

Heidelberg University Seiberling Gymnasium | Bleacher Replacement

FEC FAQ’s & Life Hacks: Cleaning the Drive System

Welcome to Farnham Equipment Company’s newest video series FAQ’s & Life Hacks where we clear up confusion and provide tips and tricks for easy maintenance. Our goal is to make your equipment safe and your life easier!