As we progress into the spring and summer months, our scope of work transitions into one of the larger parts of our business; full-scale bleacher seating systems and grandstands. These structures are a beautiful sight at any football or sports field or stadium and look even better with throngs of fans cheering on the home team.
One of our first outdoor bleacher projects of the season was the design, manufacturing and installation of a large bleacher grandstand and stand-alone press box for St. Joseph Scollard Hall Secondary School, part of the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board.
The school was looking to acquire seating to accommodate around 500 spectators with press box for use with upcoming athletic events to be held at the school.
When we were awarded the job, our design team quickly got to work designing and manufacturing what would be two 10-tier and 40’ long banks of elevated bleachers and one bank of 3-tier 16’ long non-elevated bleachers which would end up seating approximately 510 spectators.
“I have to say that I have not dealt with anyone more professional and helpful– it really has been a pleasure. I also hope that we can work on some projects together in the future and you will certainly be the first person I call when that opportunity arises.”
- John Weinhardt, Principal/Senior Project Manager, Mitchell Architects
Next up was a custom-designed stand-alone press box that was to be installed in the middle of the banks of bleachers. Our team designed and manufactured the 8’ x 16’ steel framed press box, complete with a custom-fabricated stand-alone galvanized steel support structure with staircase access, landings and back catwalk.
The press box also features an interior ships ladder with hatch access to a rooftop filming area, all fully enclosed with guardrails. We also designed some custom fencing around the press box support structure where the electrical panel was situated to keep people out of the area underneath.