Spotlight on SturdiSteel and Northwest Local Schools

  Fall of 2019, SturdiSteel, along with TSHD Architects, provided new home football bleachers with an impressive pressbox and new visitor football bleachers for Northwest Local Schools in McDermott, Ohio. Sturdisteel is an industry leading fabricator of engineered seating solutions. As an AISC certified fabricator, Sturdisteel has engineered, fabricated and professionally installed structural steel Grandstands and Bleachers all across…

Switzerland of Ohio Local School District | Bleacher Replacements & Renovations

  Project Details: Beallsville High School Baseball & Softball Portable Bleachers Beallsville High School Football Bleachers Replacement River High School Football Bleachers Replacement River High School Indoor Bleacher Replacement & Upgrades Monroe Central High School Football Bleacher Replacement Completion: Fall 2019 Switzerland of Ohio Local School District High School Athletics got a major overall prior to the start of…

Archbishop Hoban High School | Stadium Renovation

Project Name: Archbishop Hoban High School | Akron City Schools Completion: Fall 2019 Four years ago, Farnham Equipment Company provided assistance to Archbishop Hoban and installed two bleachers for the visitors side of their football stadium. As a result, Hoban called back asking Farnham to help upgrade their home bleachers. This project held great importance for Archbishop Hoban. With…

Lucas Local Schools | High School Visitors’ Football Bleacher Replacement

  District: Lucas Local Schools Architect: Garmann Miller Architects Engineers Completion: Summer 2019 Seven years after Lucas High School’s Hillside Bleacher Replacement, it was time to replace the visitors’ side bleacher with a new 36” elevated, 7-row x 103’-6” bleacher. Complete with ADA access and seating options, the new visitor’s bleacher has a net seating capacity of 367.

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….

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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…

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…

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.

 

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