Monday, May 19, 2014

News: Macalloy tie up US stadium contract


Rotherham construction experts, Macalloy, has supplied its innovative products to the reconstruction project taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

Since it originally opened in 1936 with a capacity of 8,900, the Orlando stadium has expanded to accommodate more than 65,000 people, and has played host to World Cup football games, intense rivalry games between college teams, and music concerts including The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Guns N' Roses.

The Citrus Bowl is now undergoing a $162m reconstruction, featuring a new design by HNTB Corporation. It is part of local mayor, Buddy Dyer's, "Triple Crown for Downtown," a $1.1-billion plan to redo the Orlando Centroplex with a new $480m arena for the Orlando Magic, a new $375m performing arts centre and the reconstruction of the Citrus Bowl.

With work getting underway earlier in the year, all stadium structures below the upper decks will be demolished and reconstructed with concrete and pre-cast concrete. The four corner ramps that serve the upper decks also will be demolished and replaced with two vertical circulation towers. A new lower and mid level seating bowl will be created.

Dinnington-based Macalloy are world leaders in design, manufacture and supply of threaded bar and cable systems to engineering and construction projects across the globe.

Macalloy has recently supplied tension rods in M56 and M90 diameter to be used as bracing on the steel frame structure that will house all of the new elevators, escalators and stair towers at the Florida venue. Manufactured from high strength steel bar, they are designed to be used as a lightweight, architectural product in situations where tension is required. They are often specified by architects based on the way they look in addition to the way they keep structures together.

Macalloy has been supplying the North American market for over 20 years. The Chicago Arts Institute Building uses Macalloy tension bars in the roof structure and the science teaching and student services building at The University of Minnesota utilises both Macalloy compression struts and tension bars (tie rods).

Stadiums that feature Macalloy products include the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg and the Olympia Stadion in Berlin, both of which have hosted the World Cup final. Others include the Etihad Stadium in Manchester and the Estadio de Luz in Lisbon.

Macalloy website

Images: HNTB / Macalloy


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