Cleveland Browns Football Stadium
Cleveland, OH United States | 1999
The Bank of America Stadium (formally Ericsson Stadium) construction was completed on August 3rd, 1996 a little over 23 years ago. The Carolina Panther's would go on to play their second season in the then titled Ericsson Stadium after playing their inaugural season at Clemson University's Memorial Stadium. The 1996 season was a great one for the Carolina Panther's as they made it all the way to the NFC Championship Game. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys (former Super Bowl Champions) on their way to the Championship in their new stadium in Charlotte.
We are extremely pleased with the longevity of the galvanized rails provided at the Carolina Panther's Stadium. The rails have held up for 24 years and have showed very little wear or deterioration. ~Erik Powell, Operations Manager
The Bank of America stadium has has five expansions and three renovations in the 23 years it has been opened. It currently holes 75,523 fans and has had over 150 consecutive sellout games starting with the 2002 season. The Carolina Panther's are currently 8th on total attendance in the NFL for the current 2019 season.
The hot-dip galvanizing for this project was specified on all of the handrails throughout the inside and outside of the stadium. Hot dip galvanizing was specified for the longevity of the coating, low maintenance for handrails and overall life cycle cost.
The area's containing galvanized handrail include the lower bowl stairs and tunnels, the club level stairs and tunnels and the upper level stairs and tunnels of the stadium. Additionally, all surrounding entrances, stairwells and tunnels going into the stadium have galvanized handrails as well. Total tonnage for this handrail project was approximately 900 tons.
Speaking with Erik Powell, stadium operations manager at Bank of America Stadium, he noted how pleased they were with the performance. Based on the mil readings, the Panther's will easily be able to go another 25+ years without maintenance.
|Desc||Read. 1||Read. 2||Read. 3||Read. 4||Read. 5||Avg.|
|Handrail Number 1 Readings||3.75||3.92||3.43||3.58||4.24||3.78|
|Handrail Number 2 Readings||4.14||4.33||3.88||3.76||3.35||3.89|
|Handrail Number 3 Readings||3.22||1.65||3.95||4.67||3.53||3.40|
Charlotte, NC United States
Aesthetics, Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Life-Cycle Cost, Quality of HDG, Sustainability
All of handrail pieces throughout the stadium were galvanized including the lower bowl stairs and tunnels, the club level stairs and tunnels and the upper level stairs and tunnels of the stadium. Additionally, all surrounding entrances, stairwells and tunnels going into the stadium have galvanized handrails as well.
Wagner Murray Architects
Bliss and Nyitray, Inc.
Galvan Industries, Inc.
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