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.

MAKE YOUR LIST, CHECK IT TWICE – A HOLIDAY BREAK CHECKLIST

Telescopic Bleachers

 

'Tis the season for holiday breaks and empty hallways. As students depart to spend time with their families, we know you’ve already made your list and you’re checking it twice – your maintenance list that is. Here are a few tips to help you cross some items off your list this holiday season when it comes to Bleaches and Athletic Equipment.

Indoor Telescopic Bleachers:

Inspection: Whether you’re doing the all-inclusive annual inspection by bringing someone in, or you’re reviewing your equipment yourself, you want to make sure you take a look at everything from the understructure down to the hardware. If you’ve recently had an inspection, take a look at your report again to make sure you have corrected any deficient items.

Cleaning: One of the best and easiest things you can do preventative maintenance wise for your indoor bleachers is to clean the bearing surface. This is the space underneath your telescopic bleachers both in the open and closed position. Often, cleaning up the mess after a big game means to close the bleachers and clean the floor where debris fell through. This is a good start, but you have to also beware of what lingers on the bearing surface where the bleachers sit in a closed position. This is where dust and debris tend to collect.

The most obvious reason to clean under the bleacher is for sanitary reasons, from food, soda, wrappers, and dust this is a breeding ground for bacteria. The sometimes not so obvious reason: It can do some major damage to your power system and the understructure. The dust and debris can cause a domino effect with damage to the drive wheels that will impair tracking and alignment and this type of damage isn’t covered under your warranty because it is 100% preventable.

Hardware: Tighten and replace loose and missing hardware. This one is pretty basic, you want to make sure the hardware throughout your unit isn’t damaged, rusted, missing, or loose. This goes for the understructure, aisle rails, guardrails, seat components and so on. Your hardware should be looked at on a regular basis during normal operating procedures. If you see something wrong you should fix it or have it fixed to prevent additional damage to the components that it is holding together.

Missing or Damaged Row Locks: Row locks are an important component of all telescopic bleachers. They are needed to prevent one row from closing before it is intended to be closed to stay in the proper sequence. There are many people out there that work on bleachers that say it is ok to just take the row locks off if they get damaged if the bleacher is powered. This is not the case. The typical damage is from unauthorized people going under the bleachers, tripping on the row locks and bending them, causing additional problems. This also happens to some manufacturers’ interlocking guide rods. When you catch them with your foot and they pull out, the structural frames are no longer interlocked together and it creates a problem with guidance and can lead to loss of structural support.

Damaged Seats: Cracked, damaged, and loose seating can cause an unstable seating surface for your patrons and can cause a cut hazard with sharp edges and splinters. Baseballs can break the faces of Wood Planks/Riser Boards and the faces of Plastic Seat Modules. People stomping on the tops of seats can break holes in them also. When either one is broken, there are sharp edges that can injure your spectators. These items should be repaired. Loose hardware on seats can also cause someone to fall resulting in personal injury and liability.

Outdoor Bleachers:
The outdoor events have come to a close this season as everyone has moved indoors, now is the time to plan for spring and schedule your spring inspections before the weather warms up again.  

Athletic Equipment:
Just as your bleachers and grandstands have loose bolts and everyday wear, so does your Athletic Equipment and now is a good time, if you haven’t already, to schedule inspections and preventative maintenance for your athletic equipment including: Basketball Backstops, Divider Curtains, Batting Cages, and Mat Hoists. Most often, the best solution to maintain your athletic equipment is to hire out the preventative maintenance task. This way, you have a qualified person that is factory trained in the proper operation of your equipment, knowing the inner workings and the best solution should there be a problem.

 

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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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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

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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…