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Stadium safety 

Background:   A retired educator who helps with most all of our events brought issues to BOE President’s attention regarding safety concerns at Bearcat stadium.  He said there are unsupervised children in the east stadium crawling, pushing and shoving on the top ledge of the bleachers. 

Action: The District asked Baker & Associates to look into the safety concerns.  Below are the results from their investigation


West Stadium

  1. The back wall is 42” above the floor.  There is not seating against the wall.  This would meet the requirements of a guardrail at 42”.
  1. The sides of the stadium have a handrail at about 34”.  The concrete ledge is about 8” below the handrail making for a very low access to the drop-off.  To meet code a guardrail should be installed at 42” above the nose of the stairs with openings not larger than 4”. (Chain-link fence works if secure).  A simple alternative would be to install chain-link fencing between handrail and top of ledge.  While extremely better than existing conditions, this alternate would not meet building code.
  1. Current building codes would require wider aisles and handrails.  Any drop of 30” or more should be protected by guardrail with opening less than 4”.  There are some exceptions on railing in front of bleachers. These codes are “grandfathered” due to age of the structures. 

East Stadium:

  1. The back wall is only 35” above the seat mounted adjacent to the wall.  Standing on the seat provides easy access to the top of the wall.  We would suggest placement of chain-link fencing be installed 30-36” above the top of the wall.  This would be above the 42” required by code.
  1. The sides of this stadium have a rail at 42”.  The concrete ledge is about 8” below.  To meet code, the space between rail and ledge should have openings not larger the 4”.  A handrail should also be installed at 32-36” for the nose of the stairs.
  1. Current building codes would require wider aisles and handrails. Any drop of 30” or more should be protected by guardrail with opening less than 4”.  There are some exceptions on railing in front of bleachers. Again, these codes are “grandfathered” due to age of the structures. 

 

Result:

Baker & Associates issued bid  and Van Pelt Fencing provided the following:

West Stadium: Provide chain link fencing on the back walls, remove and replace the handrails on the north and south sides, paint all rails and supports red. 

East Stadium:  Provide chain link fencing on the back walls, add rails and supports to the existing guard rails on north and south sides, all rails and supports will be painted red. – Total Cost of lowest reasonable bid $38,390.50

Stadium safety 

Background:   A retired educator who helps with most all of our events brought issues to BOE President’s attention regarding safety concerns at Bearcat stadium.  He said there are unsupervised children in the east stadium crawling, pushing and shoving on the top ledge of the bleachers. 

Action: The District asked Baker & Associates to look into the safety concerns.  Below are the results from their investigation

West Stadium

  1. The back wall is 42” above the floor.  There is not seating against the wall.  This would meet the requirements of a guardrail at 42”.
  1. The sides of the stadium have a handrail at about 34”.  The concrete ledge is about 8” below the handrail making for a very low access to the drop-off.  To meet code a guardrail should be installed at 42” above the nose of the stairs with openings not larger than 4”. (Chain-link fence works if secure).  A simple alternative would be to install chain-link fencing between handrail and top of ledge.  While extremely better than existing conditions, this alternate would not meet building code.
  1. Current building codes would require wider aisles and handrails.  Any drop of 30” or more should be protected by guardrail with opening less than 4”.  There are some exceptions on railing in front of bleachers. These codes are “grandfathered” due to age of the structures. 

East Stadium:

  1. The back wall is only 35” above the seat mounted adjacent to the wall.  Standing on the seat provides easy access to the top of the wall.  We would suggest placement of chain-link fencing be installed 30-36” above the top of the wall.  This would be above the 42” required by code.
  1. The sides of this stadium have a rail at 42”.  The concrete ledge is about 8” below.  To meet code, the space between rail and ledge should have openings not larger the 4”.  A handrail should also be installed at 32-36” for the nose of the stairs.
  1. Current building codes would require wider aisles and handrails. Any drop of 30” or more should be protected by guardrail with opening less than 4”.  There are some exceptions on railing in front of bleachers. Again, these codes are “grandfathered” due to age of the structures. 

Result:

Baker & Associates issued bid  and Van Pelt Fencing provided the following:

West Stadium: Provide chain link fencing on the back walls, remove and replace the handrails on the north and south sides, paint all rails and supports red. 

East Stadium:  Provide chain link fencing on the back walls, add rails and supports to the existing guard rails on north and south sides, all rails and supports will be painted red. – Total Cost of lowest reasonable bid $38,390.50




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