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Bridgeforth Stadium Expansion

United States of America

Client: Banker Steel Company
CAPEX: US$90 Million
Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Project Duration: 2010-2011
Key Services: 3D BIM Modelling, Design

Projects Details

Originally built in 1975, Bridgeforth Stadium, located on the campus of James Madison University underwent a major phased expansion to increase capacity, improve sightlines, and offer fan amenities desired in a modern facility.  The existing west grandstands were demolished to accommodate a new two-tiered west grandstand.  A new north grandstand was added to accompany the existing east grandstand seating.  As a result, the stadium now seats approximately 25,000 spectators and offers fans an upper and lower concourse featuring an 8,000-square-foot club lounge and suites. The service level includes a commercial kitchen and commissary facility and loading dock. Restroom facilities and ADA seating are designed to accommodate current code requirements. The upper tier of the new west grandstand also features a press box, which replaced the outdated facility located in the east grandstand.

Scope of work included the 3D BIM modeling and shop detailing of the structural steel on the following areas:

  • All Structural steel framing Grandstand Trusses, seating terracing, concourse steelwork, corporate hospitality steelwork, Stairs and landing, press box, scoreboard support steel and framing and camera rail support;
  • Coordinate handrail connection;
  • Coordinate precast concrete bench connection.

Projects Challenges/Highlights

  • We provided cleats and holes to aid precast concrete and handrail connections thus coordination was very challenging.
  • Detailing of steel support for terracing benches – crank beam, when changing direction, slope should be thoroughly observed to make smooth transition.
  • Steel finishes – the fire rating varies from floor to floor and per area, thus the painting system also change. We had primer only, bituminous paint, primer for intumescent paint, 3 coats painting system for AESS members and galvanizing exposed steel. Imagine a column with 3 types of painting per floor level and the top part was galvanized, in our shop drawing we meticulously located the start and stop of the painting system.