Mid-Season Check-In: Outdoor Bleachers

Outdoor Bleachers Seats

 

With football season well underway, it’s time to check in for mid-season maintenance. Below are some of our featured outdoor seating posts with maintenance and safety tips at the forefront.

BUILDING SAFETY MONTH: EARTH WIND & FIRE & OUTDOOR BLEACHERS We talked previously about cleaning the bearing surface for your telescopic bleachers, but how often are you cleaning up under your outdoor bleachers?

TOP 5 PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS: OUTDOOR BLEACHERS Don't wait until you can see your face through your structural supports - add our Top 5 Preventative Maintenance Tips to your seasonal checklist!

WINTER SOLSTICE & WHAT IT HAS TO DO WITH OUTDOOR BLEACHERS The first official day of winter (December 21st!) brings with it new concerns for your outdoor bleachers come spring. With freezing temperatures comes expansion and contraction of your aluminum causing hardware to loosen…

OUTDOOR BLEACHER RENOVATIONS: WHERE TO START Where to start? With an inspection of course. If you haven’t had one within the last 12 months, get one scheduled and let them know this inspection has dual purpose: code compliance and renovation/upgrades options. Tell them what your initial renovation needs are and what you would like to do so they can be sure to give you everything you need. Be transparent about a turnaround time too – if you know you need to make renovations within the next three months, you don’t want to wait a month for your report….

Have Questions?

Whether it's mid-season repairs, an inspection, or a question - we're ready to help! 

Southeast Local School District | Waynedale High School Bleacher Renovation

  Farnham Equipment Company recently completed an Outdoor Bleacher Renovation Project for Waynedale High School’s home side bleachers via a HGACBuy purchasing agreement. Farnham Equipment Company’s scope for the project included removal and disposal of all wood footboards and risers as well as removal of existing fencing on the back, sides, and front of the bleacher. Asphalt that previously…

Farnham Equipment Company & Hussey Regional Service Centers

We mentioned in our last post that Hussey Seating Company “…is not a manufacturing center. They are an innovation center.” They are dedicated to providing the best solution, and that solution includes maintenance services. We know, and Hussey knows, that when properly installed and maintained, your existing seating could have decades of safe and useful life ahead. You’ve invested in your equipment, and Hussey Seating Company has invested in its Regional Service Centers by training local Service Technicians through their rigorous factory training and certification program for installation and repair of Hussey seating systems.

With the development of partners like Farnham Equipment acting as the Regional Service Center in Ohio, we are able to provide not only service but code compliance solutions, preventative maintenance and inspections in the educational market for all seating products all across North America in a professional and timely manner.

Farnham Equipment Company has been a partner with Hussey Seating Company for nearly 50 years and has some of the best trained and available service technicians in the industry. With their knowledge of current codes, requirements and upgrade solutions they are able to support their customers with all aspects of seating needs in regards to code compliance, safety inspections, parts, repair and service.

We know many parts and pieces used may look alike or do the job, however if you have a facility you manage in Ohio and want the best solution,  right parts and a successful repair or inspection, we strongly recommend calling Farnham Equipment Company to service all your needs."

- Mark Beaulieu, Hussey Seating Company, Dealer Service Manager

Currently there are 32 Hussey Regional Service Centers specializing in the comprehensive inspection of telescopic platforms, bleachers, fixed seating and gymnasium equipment throughout the North American market.

Here at Farnham Equipment Company, we’ve taken Services to the next level, viewing regular and detailed bleacher seating inspections and maintenance as much more than code compliance, but the cornerstone of customer care. Our Service Technicians have vast industry knowledge not only regarding Hussey products, but all telescopic bleacher models, outdoor bleachers and grandstands, athletic equipment, and playground equipment to provide you with a complete service solution for your equipment.

Our team's combined industry knowledge gives you possibilities: Even if your seating wasn't installed by us, we can maintain it. Parts, repair, and inspections are available for all seating manufacturers.

Schedule Your Services

The best way to protect your bleachers is to stop damage before it happens. Schedule your annual inspection and preventative maintenance today.

Ashland City Schools | Community Stadium Grandstand Renovation

  Architect: VSWC Architects Contractor: Adena Corporation Sub-Consultant: Farnham Equipment Company Completion: August 2018 January 2018 led to numerous capital improvements for Ashland City Schools including renovation of the Community Stadium Home Side Grandstand. The project included an elevated front deck, an accessible ramp, aisle rails and new rear guardrail fencing as well as powder-coated guardrails in lieu of…

Pickaway County Fairground Revitalization: Blending Old & New

  Andrew J. Hunkins, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager at Corna-Kokosing contacted Farnham Equipment Company just days prior to the complete demolition of the old Groveport Madison High School, when he found out their Interkal Telescopic Bleachers were part of the demolition. He inquired of the possibility to remove the old Interkal Bleachers and have them stored for a…

Building Safety Month: Earth Wind & Fire & Outdoor Bleachers

Outdoor Bleacher Clean Up

We talked previously about cleaning the bearing surface for your telescopic bleachers, but how often are you cleaning up under your outdoor bleachers?

We’re taking the perspective of Safe and Sanitary with this one. You want to make sure your understructure is free of combustibles including unruly vegetation and stored materials.

If you do have stored materials that are combustible, you want to be sure to have proper sprinkler systems in place to prevent a fire from starting, spreading, and harming your patrons. Remember, a disaster like this is less noticeable when the grandstands are full of a cheering crowd and with smells of summer and fall mixed in; smoke is not as easily detected. Taking the proper precaution to keep patrons safe is a priority.

Fallen leaves may appear harmless, but they’re quick to catch fire and spread should someone drop something through the stands. They should be cleared out as often as possible to prevent a fire hazard as well as to prevent moisture build up after a downpour.

Vegetation under the bleachers trap in moisture, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mosquitos while also causing wooden ground bucks on portable bleachers to deteriorate.

While you’re likely not thinking of your outdoor bleachers while staying warm inside, the winter weather does have an impact on them. Our weather here in Ohio has been pretty unpredictable, torrential downpours one day and snowstorms with high winds the next then bam, it’s sunny and 58 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All this to say, make sure your bearing surface is free of standing water. A block of ice surrounding concrete supports acts as a vise, ultimately deteriorating the concrete.

With all of this, you’ll want to make sure your bleachers are always on a level service. If portable bleachers do not have properly installed or damaged mud sills/ground bucks or if foundation column supports are damaged, the unit may sink and/or become unstable.

Earth, Wind, and Fire it’s not just a great 70’s band, it’s what impacts your bleachers through the seasons.

 

Want to Know More?

Drop us a line or give us a call, we're here to answer your questions!

Top 5 Preventative Maintenance Tips: Outdoor Bleachers

Outdoor Bleacher Repair

 

Don't wait until you can see your face through your structural supports - add our Top 5 Preventative Maintenance Tips to your seasonal checklist!

  1. Structure: Check for visual signs of structural damage including Bent and Damaged Supports and Hardware, Erosion, and Rust.
Outdoor Bleachers: Rust
Outdoor Bleacher Damaged Supports
Outdoor Bleacher Rust
Outdoor Bleachers Erosion
Outdoor Bleachers Rust

4. Hardware: Tighten loose hardware and replace missing hardware. It's important to turn the wrench on every one!

Outdoor Bleachers Hardware
Outdoor Bleachers Hardware
Outdoor Bleachers Hardware

3. Seats & Endcaps: Replace missing and damaged seats and endcaps, tighten all hardware, and make necessary repairs.

Outdoor Bleachers Seats
Outdoor Bleachers Seats

2. Clean Up: See our previous post for more clean up tips!

Outdoor Bleachers Clean Up
Outdoor Bleachers Leaves
Outdoor Bleacher Clean Up

1. Annual Inspection & Seasonal Checks: This will always be our number one recommendation for safety and preventative maintenance!

The Ohio Building Code requires an annual inspection for safety and operation. We add that you should be consistent in seasonal checks due to the impact the outdoor elements have on your bleacher unit, specifically the expansion and contraction of aluminum that happens during the winter months.

In the Ohio Building Code 1029:
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.

Within the ICC-300, you'll find in Chapter 1:

105.2 Yearly inspection required states:
The owner shall cause all bleachers, folding and telescopic seating, and grandstands to be inspected at least once a year in order to verify that the structure is maintained in compliance with the provisions of this standard. All folding and telescopic seating shall also be inspected to evaluate compliance with the manufacturer’s installation and operational instructions, including an inspection during the opening and closing of such seating.

Outdoor Bleachers
Outdoor Bleachers

Want More Information on Code Compliance?

We've developed a reference guide for your convenience!

Van Wert City Schools | High School Outdoor Bleacher Replacement

  The original stadium, dedicated in 1936, holds a lot of history within the Van Wert community and was part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), created to provide jobs to people during the Great Depression. After a failed code compliance and safety inspection for the Visitors’ Side bleachers, the district knew it was time to rebuild. In September…

Outdoor Bleachers & Grandstands: Buying Options

 

Buying options have expanded over the last several years and now more than ever, buying through a purchasing agent is the most common way to go. SturdiSteel, our featured Outdoor Bleacher vendor holds a contract through TIPS (The Interlocal Purchasing System). Based in Texas, TIPS does the work for their members, Education, Government, and Non-Profit Organizations, across the United States, following state guidelines and purchasing laws for each state. Membership for you is free while Awarded Vendors go through a rigorous RFQ/RFP process.

SturdiSteel’s contract includes Design, Manufacture, and Install of Grandstands, Bleachers, Stadium Seating and Press boxes.

Few districts still opt for the traditional RFP (Request for Proposal Process). Taking this route, your request would include a general scope and intent of the project as well as evaluation criteria.  In this scenario for an Outdoor Bleacher Replacement Project, a prospective Design Build firm would then reply with their interpretation of the project including design, scope, scheduling, and budgeting as well as their qualifications and references.  Design Build projects work best when there is a relatively narrow project scope (i.e. replacement of auditorium seating or new grandstands).

The benefit of using Design Build for product procurement are numerous and include:

Substantially shorter project duration – Simply advertise the RFP, make the Best Value Selection and the project is underway!

Substantially lower the overall project cost.

No need to hire an architect up front because you’re soliciting for both design and construction services. This lessens the upfront work load and gives you more options from which to choose the final design.

No longer have to make your decision based solely on low-bid pricing. The Design Build option and Ohio Construction Reform (OCR) allow you to choose based on Best Value Selection criteria which is defined as, “a process used in competitive negotiated contracting to select the most advantageous offer by evaluating and comparing factors of both price and qualifications.” You set the criteria which are most important for the project (i.e. quality, duration, cost, features, etc.)

What this also means is that you are no longer tied to the traditional conceive-design-bid-construct project delivery model.  You now have the option to let the proposals come to you and to make the Best Value Selection based on your most important criteria.

Ready to Start Your Project?

Drop us a line today for a free quote!

More information on TIPS

More information on OFCC & Buying Options