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…

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…

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…

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.

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