Oct 26, 2017 4:11:03 PM
Replace or Renovate Your Outdoor Grandstands?
What’s the right decision? A wise decision is based on the Total Cost of Ownership principle. Upfront costs for renovation or retro-fit are usually less than a full replacement. Even though you may save money upfront, in most cases you will bear the additional costs for maintenance and repair in the near future. In addition, issues with CODE Compliance and safety concerns are a consideration that will likely reduce the amount of your initial savings in the near-term. Additional lost revenue opportunities should be considered as part of your decision given possible poor aesthetics of the facility and the associated lack of fan base support.
Decision Criteria: Safety / CODE Concerns with Existing Bleachers
Shouldn’t safety always be your #1 priority? With that in mind, your current bleachers may be unsafe and not CODE compliant. Before making any decision, be sure you check the following:
- Could a Small Child fall through large gaps in your old bleacher?
- Make sure you have Side rails/ hand rails to prevent anyone from falling
- Check to see if you have ADA ramps for handicap attendees
- Check to see if you have enough ADA Handicap Seating for a comfortable view
- Get a Structural Engineer’s approval before making any decisions on a renovation or full replacement project.
There are several reasons why replacing your existing bleachers with new grandstands would be more cost effective than a budget restricting retro-fit or renovation. Constructing replacement bleachers is a much smoother, less risky, and economically efficient operation. The additional cost for a full replacement bleacher, including understructure, may be less than you think. Initially a full replacement may seem like a more expensive strategy, but after considering the short and long term benefits you may change your mind. Here are a few factors to consider that likely will benefit you in the long run.
- Long Term Savings: Spending a little more upfront could give your program a greater return on investment. This investment will last your school 25-30 years!
- Annual Tune Ups: Completely replacing a bleacher will allow the school to significantly lower your annual maintenance costs. Aside from your maintenance inspections, the only work that may be necessary is if your rowdy student section loosens foot decking or seat boards.
- Color & Logos: Replacement bleachers have the ability to spell out logos or initials with matching risers in school colors giving your bleachers a sharper look.
- Admission $: As a school, you will feel more comfortable charging a higher price for a comprehensive seating upgrade that might include VIP chair seating.
- Easy Clean: New no-rust aluminum seating and decking will allow you to power wash the bleachers eliminating any rusting.
- Fully Enclosed Decking: Unlike most renovations, new replacement bleachers are fully enclosed that have no gaps whatsoever. This keeps trash, debris, or even personal belongings from falling under the bleacher.
Renovation: What to Consider!
Renovation is a viable option if it is designed and constructed properly. Anytime your school starts to make a decision whether to renovate or replace, there are a couple cautions that need to be considered when it comes to renovation. Although it may save you money upfront, fully evaluate your situation before making a final decision.
- Faulty Upgrade: Renovations should be more than a mere face-lift. Mixing/matching new and existing decking and bench seating will likely disappoint. Make sure to seek a subject-matter expert, like Toadvine, before making any big decisions so you don’t spend money on a faulty upgrade.
- Look and Feel: Renovation can sometimes leave you with a bleacher that has a multitude of different looking products. Make sure to keep all of your seating consistent so you don’t end up with a mismatched and unprofessional looking bleacher.
- Understructure Warnings: Make sure a structural engineer checks the understructure of the old bleacher to guarantee it will be able to hold and support the added weight of the new additions.
- Level Seats: With the merging of bleacher product technologies, it is not a guarantee that your bleacher bench seating will lay straight. With the constant changing of parts and pieces over the years, sections of your bench seating may not align with one another.
Jim Kessinger, Head Facilities Director of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY spoke of his experiences with full replacement and renovation: “In my 35 years of experience, I have done both new replacement and renovation outdoor bleacher projects. New bleachers ultimately just provide a better outcome for our schools with less problems both at time of construction and in the years to follow. Toadvine has been a great partner in guiding us through the appropriate decision making process.”
Ask for Help!
Let Toadvine guide you through the decision making process of your new construction project or renovation upgrade. Toadvine is available to share our expertise in all phases of your outdoor bleacher projects, from design to installation and ongoing maintenance. Our experienced team, including project managers, will work with you from start to finish on all aspects of your outdoor bleacher projects.
- Call Toadvine for a full evaluation of your current grandstands.
- Set up an appointment to meet with our expert team to discuss all the options.
- Let us put you in touch with other clients that have made similar decisions.
Jun 6, 2014 11:20:00 PM
Even though books are packed away and studying has been put on hold for a few weeks, student athletes are scoring big on the soccer practice field this summer and gearing up for a busy sports season.
As your team swings into action this summer, it's time to consider how you will accommodate your team's fans when the competition heats up. Toadvine Enterprises has everything you need to equip, outfit and prepare your soccer team for competition, and when it comes to outdoor seating for your team's fans, we have that covered, too.
We have completed many high-profile outdoor seating projects and have been providing bleacher seating to fans in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee for more than 30 years. We take pride in offering top-of-the-line soccer bleachers along with exceptional customer service.
If you would like to add outdoor seating to your facility, consider our Alum-a-Stand Elevated and Non-elevated bleachers. Elevated aluminum bleachers are the perfect addition to any sports field for home and visitor seating. Non-elevated bleachers are great for any event that requires just a few rows of outdoor seating. We can also set you up with Press Boxes, custom seating finishes, multiple railing options and more. We customize your facility to fit your vision and your budget.
Fill out the form here and one of our seating professionals will contact you to discuss your individual needs. Our "goal" at Toadvine Enterprises is to help you customize your soccer seating from start to finish so that you score big with all the fans.
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Apr 18, 2012 2:25:00 PM
Every kid dreams of playing on a state-of-the art ball field or football stadium. That’s probably because most of us started out playing on a Sandlot-like mound of dust with a broken fence and worn out bases.
You have to start somewhere, but by the time you’ve grown and reached the high school and collegiate level, you’ve probably moved passed the Sandlot and have set your sights on something much bigger. There’s a sense of pride, ownership, and camaraderie that comes with playing on a great looking field. But looks aren’t the only thing that matter.
Yes, Toadvine Enterprises can transform your stadium into your players’ dream field, but even more than that, we can also make it a safe, secure spot for your players and spectators. Worn out bleachers and faulty support rails are a hazard and should be inspected and maintained before each season.
Here at Toadvine Enterprises, we know what it takes to give your school and its teams the feeling and confidence that comes with having a great sports facility. Giving your athletes a stadium to be proud of will allow them to have a greater appreciation for their school, while boosting morale and school spirit. But more importantly, we can ensure your facility is safe for your fans and up to code. Call Toadvine Enterprises today to learn more.
Nov 7, 2011 1:21:00 PM
Can you believe it’s almost time for basketball season? While most of the college programs had their midnight madness a few Fridays ago, high school teams are practicing hard and gearing up for the season.
Speaking of basketball season, how’s your gym looking? Basketball season is the time when gymnasiums—and bleachers especially—see the most traffic, and wear and tear. Fans pack the stands for both boys’ and girls’ games each week, so it’s crucial that your bleachers are in good condition.
If you think it’s time to get your bleachers inspected before the season officially begins, check out Vine & Branch, our maintenance division. Our maintenance and safety inspection program handles all of your indoor and outdoor seating and equipment inspections. Vine & Branch is also fully staffed with manufacturer-certified service technicians to ensure the safety of your seating. You can fill out the maintenance form on our website to learn more and get the process started.
Need new bleachers entirely? We can help with that too. We just completed a bleacher installation at DeSales High School in Louisville, KY. This was a very large job, with three separate banks of bleachers. Whether your project is large like this or smaller, contact us for a quote or to get the process started.
Oct 13, 2011 11:18:00 AM
Dant Clayton, our manufacturer for stadium seating, has recently launched a new website, making it even easier for visitors to see their projects and the markets they serve.
Because Toadvine works closely with Dant Clayton on a number of projects from elementary schools up to the collegiate level, we wanted to share this new video from Dant Clayton. We feel it encompasses the various types of projects and customers they have, as well as the quality of the seating itself.
You can read more about Dant Clayton here.
Contact Toadvine for any seating needs you have or request a quote online.
Jun 15, 2011 1:01:00 PM
As a leading provider of athletic and gym equipment in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee, part of our job is to keep everyone we do business with and any decision makers up-to-date on any new legislation or information that may affect the bidding process. That’s why we think it’s important for everyone to be aware of what the Preference for Resident Bidders law is and how it can affect them.
Stites & Harbison Attorneys explains the law in detail on their website. We encourage everyone to read about it and contact us if they have any questions or need clarification.
In short, in 2010, Kentucky enacted the “Preference for Resident Bidders” law, which says that resident bidders are to receive a matching preference if a higher-evaluated, non-resident bidder’s home state provides its own resident bidders a preference. Further, in the case of a tie between a non-resident bidder and a resident bidder, a preference is to be given to the resident bidder.
May 25, 2011 11:24:00 AM
The Dant Clayton Alum-A-Stand elevated and non-elevated seating is engineered for maximum strength and durability. The Alum-A-Stand isn’t your traditional aluminum bleacher. The aluminum tube and channel understructure allows for maximum strength and reliability over the traditional angle frame used by our competitors. With our bolt-through seat boards and snap-into-place footboards, it eliminates the hassle of using clips to fasten the footboards and seat boards. Our bleacher gives you a true fully-closed bleacher deck and aisle way with no openings which allows for maximum safety for spectators. According to Dant Clayton, here are some key points to the Alum-A-Stand vs. the Angle frame:
If you're interested in learning more, call Toadvine Enterprises today at 502.241.6010 or request a quote online and one of our sales representatives will get back to you soon.
May 11, 2011 9:18:00 AM
Summer break and warm weather are only days away. Now is the time to make decisions on the new athletic equipment you will need for the following school year. With fall sports seasons on its way, this is the perfect time to look at new soccer goals, new scoreboards, replacing old portable bleachers, or even look into touching up those old bleachers with our state-of-the-art cleaning program for outdoor bleacher decks.
If your bleachers are looking old and worn out or are not working properly, summer is the time to get your indoor bleachers back in proper working order. Toadvine Enterprises has a team of bleacher specialists who are familiar with all makes and models. Our team will fix your old bleachers and get them looking and working like new. Make sure to call our office at 502.241.6010 or request a quote on our website to find out more about our products.
Right now Toadvine is making a special offer to all schools. On any purchase over $500, you will receive 5% off. On orders $1,000 or more, you'll receive 10% off your order.
Hurry because this offer expires June 15. Contact us today!