On Canada’s east coast, one of our most recent projects brought us to picturesque New Brunswick, one of the country’s four Maritime provinces. Home of the Ganong Chocolate Company, St. Stephen, New Brunswick has long been noted as Canada’s Chocolate Town since the company established itself there back in 1873.
Since then, St. Stephen has blossomed into a government town as federal services such as Canada Post and Canada’s Customs and Border Agency opened large offices in the city. Situated on the St. Croix River, the town sits directly on the border with the United States and each year co-hosts a week-long International Festival with their America neighbours in Calais, Maine.
The town’s only secondary school is where we were to focus our efforts after the educational facility released a project for tender to upgrade the seating in the school’s gymnasium. We eventually were awarded the contract to supply and install two large banks of retractable bleachers for the gymnasium, providing fans of the school’s athletic programs a place to cheer on their beloved Spartans athletic teams.
What was supplied were two banks of 12-tier telescopic bleachers that were to be installed by our experienced team. After technical designs and drawings were created and approved by key stakeholders, our team got to work on the project.
In addition to the seating structures, the school wanted to properly brand the product to reflect both the school’s colours of green and white, and also the school itself. Dark green to match their sports teams was chosen as the primary colour and we had the initials S.S.H.S. emblazoned across the seating structures reflecting the name of the school.
The structures were complete with safety guard railings and electric operation for easy opening and closing of the bleacher structures. The combination of the two banks of retractable seating now allows the gymnasium to seat up to 484 spectators safely during athletic and special events.