New grandstands are expensive and require a significant capital outlay to build. Many times, the seating capacity of an existing structure is acceptable, but the venue is worn out from decades of use.
There are several reasons why you should consider renovating your current grandstand; assuming the understructure is serviceable. They are:
- Safety considerations
- Code changes
- Cosmetic considerations
- Enhanced seating possibilities
- Revenue generating considerations
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of 10 deaths that involved falls from bleachers from 1980 through 1999. Of those 10 deaths, four were children under the age of 15. The owner of a grandstand is directly responsible for providing a safe environment for the spectator. Rather than demolish an old bleacher, it is often possible to renovate the structure and save a significant amount of money compared to building new.
The IBC and ICC 300 codes have evolved over the years to provide safe seating structures. The items that have changed the most over time are:
- Openings of the deck
- Guardrail systems
- Handrail systems
- Egress requirements
- Handicap seating requirements
Many times, required changes can be made in a cost-efficient method to limit the amount of money spent while reducing the potential for an accident. Stadium Solutions specializes in analyzing the structure, making recommendations on improvements and provide a cost-effective renovation to meet a safety need(s) which would meet a new code requirement.
ADA legislation has mandated handicap seating and an accessible route to all athletic spectator venues – old and new. Rather than starting from scratch, we can provide you with design to incorporate handicap seating in an existing structure and meet the requirement of providing handicap seating.
From time to time, an owner may want to change the seating configuration to provide upscale seating, such as benches with backrests or individual chairs. The Stadium Solutions design team can provide you with many options to meet your seating needs and budget requirements. It is always challenging to retrofit different seating configurations onto an existing structure, but the Stadium Solutions construction department can meet those challenges and provide you with a three-year warranty on materials and workmanship. The industry standard is one year.
Contact us today to make your cost effective renovation a reality.