Winter Solstice & What it has to do with Outdoor Bleachers

  By now, the fans have gone indoors to cheer on basketball and the outdoor bleachers are left empty in the cold of winter. The first official day of winter (Friday 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. Bottom…

Bleacher Safety – What’s Your Risk | Part 2.4 – Common Failed Items During Inspections: Keeping it Safe & Sanitary

Outdoor Bleachers

  In keeping with the theme of Safe and Sanitary, let’s take a look at outdoor bleacher and grandstands and some common safety hazards. Bearing Surface: You want to make sure your understructure is free of combustibles from unruly vegetation to stored materials. If you do have stored materials that are combustible, you want to be sure to have…

A Bleacher Procurement Project: Start to Finish | Part 2: Identifying the Solution

Telescopic Bleachers

  No matter the budget, there is almost always a solution. Whether you decide to fully replace your bleachers or do a partial upgrade, there is a solution out there for you. You want to make sure you’re talking to the experts though, especially when it comes to upgrades and/or partial replacements so that you are code compliant. For…

A Bleacher Procurement Project: Start to Finish | Part 1: Identifying the Need

Bleacher Safety

  A capital equipment purchase such as a bleacher system can be extremely complicated.  Often, this is a once in a generation type purchase.  It is critical that such a purchase be done correctly to maximize the investment, but where do you even start?  There are numerous options to consider when you realize your current seating system is ready…

Pandora-Gilboa Local Schools | Football Field Home Side Bleacher Replacement

Outdoor Bleachers

  Farnham Equipment Company provided a turnkey solution to Pandora-Gilboa Local Schools in response to a request for proposal to replace the football field’s home side bleachers. The result was a custom 16-row x 96’ hillside angle frame aluminum bleacher with closed decking. The bleacher system included a net seating of 928 with 32” row spacing and 12-inch rise…

Clearfork Valley Local Schools Outdoor Bleacher Upgrade

Outdoor Bleachers

  Clear Fork Valley Local High School Outdoor Bleachers were recently upgraded for code compliance and safety. Rather than replace the entire unit, Farnham Equipment Company’s David Fahrenholz surveyed the current unit and presented to the district a budget and design to upgrade the bleachers that was less than half the cost of an entirely new unit. Wooden seat…

Bleacher Safety in the News: Don’t Wait for an Accident, Be Pro-Active

Bleacher Safety

  As outdoor bleacher safety continues to be an evening news topic across the state, we cannot urge you enough to become educated about code compliance and the standards put into place to keep your community safe. Make sure you are getting your seating system inspected on an annual basis by a qualified person to prevent accidents and reduce…

Southwest Local School District: Bleacher Renovation for Code Compliance & Safety Keeps School Within Their Budget

Outdoor Bleachers

  Southwest Local School District had been aware their visitors’ grandstands at William Henry Harrison High School needed attention. Major safety and International Code Council (ICC) 300 code violations, including the requirement to prevent the passage of a 4-inch sphere in any and all openings, increased liability for the district. This requirement was put into place by the International…

New Seating for Whitehall Yearling High School

Facility: Whitehall Yearling High School – Whitehall City Schools, OH Project: Telescopic Seating Architect:  Schorr Architects, Inc. – Dublin, OH Construction Manager:  Ruscilli Construction Co., Inc. – Columbus, OH Contractor: Robertson Construction Services, Inc. – Heath, OH Sub-Contractor: Farnham Equipment Company Project: Outdoor Grandstand Up-Grade Architect:  Schorr Architects, Inc. – Dublin, OH Contractor: Farnham Equipment Company Whitehall Yearling High School has new and improved seating in the…

The Truth About Bleacher & Grandstand Safety: Code Requirements Defined

Bleacher Safety

  With heightened awareness of bleacher and grandstand safety also comes confusion of what is required and why. We want to help you understand code requirements and the essentials for keeping your community safe. Starting with the Ohio Building Code 1028.1.1 (found here about ¾ down the page) you will see that: 1028.1.1 Bleachers. Bleachers, grandstands and folding and telescopic…