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    New AODA-Approved Bleachers for York Stadium Park

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jan 18, 2022 11:00:00 AM

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    Intentional planning plays an important role in our everyday lives. While spontaneity can be exciting, planning ahead helps us be ready for a myriad of situations and can lead to a more sustainable way of living. From meal preparation to time management, thinking ahead helps maintain healthy and efficient lives. Proper planning can also eliminate the unintentional exclusion of others. Anticipating the needs and potential limitations of visitors, York Stadium Park has taken action in creating a more inclusive outdoor environment for their spectators.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Accessibility

    Addressing Accessibility in Uxbridge, Ontario

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jan 4, 2022 11:00:00 AM

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    Growing up, many of us took our local parks for granted. In parks with playgrounds for example, the biggest concerns for many children were splinters, bee stings, and the static electricity produced by going down a slide. There was minimal thought to accessibility, and these parks were embraced for providing a free activity for families. However, it has become increasingly evident that not every community has had the same accessibility to and experience with local parks.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Accessibility

    New Arena Bleachers for St. Peters Rec-Plex Missouri

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Nov 18, 2021 2:58:59 PM

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    Named one of the best places to live in the United States by Money Magazine in 2008, St. Peters,
    Missouri continues to top their list as a wonderful place to live with a reasonable commute to St. Louis.

    As what is heralded by many as the crown jewel of St. Peters, we were recently brought in to aid in the design and installation of new arena bleachers for the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Arena Bleachers, Accessibility

    The Continued Evolution of DC West

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Nov 4, 2021 11:18:05 AM

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    The midwestern region of the United States is often associated with open land, hearty meals, unique accents, and friendly, hard-working people. When it comes to education, however, the school systems in these states have historically been regarded as mediocre. Disproving this assumption, however, are the schools found in Valley, Nebraska.

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    Topics: Stadium Seating, Press Boxes, Accessibility, Grandstand Seating

    Bleacher Replacement at Duncan McLellan Park

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 16, 2020 9:15:00 AM

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    For one of our recent projects, we  found ourselves in the picturesque city of Owen Sound, in Southwestern Ontario. Located on Georgian Bay, Owen Sound is a popular tourist destination for Ontario residents, particularly during the summer months.

    From a tourist perspective, Owen Sound is known for its access to water in many shapes and forms and for camping and beaching it along the shores of Georgian Bay. The area is also known for a number of spectacular waterfalls located just outside of the city that are perfect for day trips for visitors.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Accessibility

    Aluminum Bleachers Remain a Top Priority for Colleges and Universities

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Apr 2, 2020 4:18:00 AM

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    When it comes to planned expenditures, our friends over at Recreation Management Magazine conduct annual research that is helpful in more ways than one. Their annual report takes a deep dive into annual trends for spending with regards to colleges and universities across the United States.

    While the 2019 edition of their annual survey indicated little to no changes with regards to planned features and upgrades, there was certainly some movement up the ranks for certain products such as bleachers and seating.

    While planning for the development of synthetic turf sports fields remains at the top of the list for the second consecutive year, bleachers and seating took honours in the third spot for the most planned additions to colleges and universities. Jumping up from sixth position in late 2018, it is no secret that the building boon for planned seating will continue through 2020.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Players Benches, Accessibility

    New Grandstands for Essex District High School

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Aug 27, 2019 5:09:00 AM

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    Located in southwestern Ontario, one of our most recent projects lead us to beautiful Essex County, Ontario. Stretching south along the banks of Lake Erie, the area is known for its wonderful beaches and small-town flair.

    The project was brought to us by the Greater Essex County District School Board as they were interested in creating a custom grandstand bleacher for the Essex District High School located in the northwest corner of the City of Essex. Founded in 1885, the high school serves as the oldest operating publicly funded secondary school in the entire province of Ontario and currently serves roughly 1,000 students in the area.

    Looking to add to the sidelines of the school’s athletic field, the idea to design and build a custom 10-tier grandstand was brought to our team earlier this year. In addition to the seating and ensuring the bleacher was completely accessible, our team was also mandated with coordinating, furnishing and closing off the building permit as well as procuring all inspectors necessary for the school to obtain occupancy from the municipal building authority.

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    Topics: Accessibility, Grandstand Seating

    Custom Grandstand Improvements for Errol Russel Park

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 23, 2019 5:41:44 AM

     

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    In what is often referred to as Sarnia’s premier baseball park is also its oldest. Dating back to the 1950s, the baseball diamond has long served the community as a hub for local baseball serving as a home diamond for the Sarnia Braves as well as other local teams.

    Following the completion of a new set of dugouts built in 2014, plans were set in motion to complete the redesign in the years following. With plans set to build around the new dugouts, demolition on the site began in 2017, with the rebuild slated for 2018.

    The existing 600-seat bleachers were in disrepair, so included in the rebuilding operation was a new grandstand seating system complete with customized accessibility ramps, viewing platforms and more. Change rooms, a new concession area, netting barrier, landscape design and baseball field backstop were all also part of the scope of work for the historic athletic field.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Accessibility, Grandstand Seating

    Accessible Bleachers for Montana State University

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 13, 2019 4:20:12 AM

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    Nestled smack dab in the middle of the Rocky Mountains lies historic Bozeman, located in the southwest portion of the great state of Montana. While not the most populous city in the state, Bozeman does serve as home to the state’s largest university and flagship campus of the Montana State University System, Montana State University (MSU).

    With enrolment of roughly 17,000 students, MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 51 fields, master’s degrees in 41 fields and doctoral degrees in 18 fields spread across its nine colleges. Over the past decade, the school has enjoyed monumental growth in both enrolment with major construction and renovation projects including a new Animal Bioscience Building and a major renovation to Gaines Hall.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Accessibility

    The Purpose and Functionality of Egress Points on Bleachers

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Feb 28, 2019 5:39:06 AM

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    It's probably safe to say that we have all found ourselves sitting in some bleachers at one time or another in our lives. Sports and community events are deeply weaved into North American culture and cheering on our favourite team is a pastime we hold close to our hearts.

    These large seating structures are found across sports fields, parks and recreational areas, and educational facilities. As our family members, teammates, classmates, friends and family hone their skills out on the field, ice or turf, we support them from the aluminum and steel bleachers that sit along the sidelines.

    In addition to items such as handrails and guardrails, there is much that goes into the complex design of bleachers when it comes to safety. As nothing ruins an event more than an injury, our industry has spent decades perfecting our products to make them safer for all to use.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Athletic Facility Safety, Accessibility

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