Division 22 23 Ebook Page 164 Pittsburgh Steelers Heinz Field Case Study

As the start of the 2001 football season approached, Pittsburgh fans were looking forward to welcoming the Steelers and University of Pittsburgh Panthers to the new $200 million, 65,000-seat Heinz Field. As they prepared for afternoons of hard-nosed football, they could look forward to a soft life of drinking, eating, socializing in luxury suites or simply taking a bathroom break in the state-of-the-art stadium. But these creature comforts wouldn't be possible without the stadium's more than 219,000 square feet of insulated air handling ductwork, enough to cover nearly five football fields, and 70,000 lineal feet or more than 13 miles of insulated hot, cold and drain water piping. That almost equals the yards gained by the all-time Steelers passing leader, Terry Bradshaw, in his 14-year quarterback career. The piping and ductwork serve nearly every part of the stadium but the seating area, including 120 private suites, two three-story club lounges, restaurants, an indoor theater and the mechanical equipment room. They also serve 343 lavatories, 520 water closets and 344 urinals important enough for the Steelers to list on their Web site, perhaps anticipating the chronic halftime complaints of football fans that there aren't enough restrooms. Implementing the $2 million contract for mechanical insulation normally could have taken up to 24 months, said Vince Calderone, project manager for Allegheny Insulation, Pittsburgh, which installed the insulation for the piping and much of the ductwork. Instead, the job had to be completed in 18 months to meet the deadline set by the Steelers organization. To ensure the necessary teamwork to stay on schedule, three Pittsburgh contractors formed a joint venture, SBS the initials standing for the first letters in the name of each organization. The contractors and their respective roles were Sauer Inc., for aboveground plumbing; Bryan Mechanical, Inc., for underground piping and plumbing and aboveground heating, ventilating and air conditioning piping; and SSM Industries, Inc. for sheet metal work and ductwork. 'Coordinate, Coordinate, Coordinate' "The pace was difficult," acknowledged Jim Manion, project manager for SBS and Sauer. "It seemed like everybody was right up each other's back. The only way to avoid conflict and chaos was to coordinate, coordinate, coordinate. When we [the three SBS parties] were doing our drawings, we used the architectural and structural documents to coordinate with the sprinkler and electrical contractors group. As the job went on, we also had to coordinate our installations with those for steel, masonry and concrete, the guys putting up the curtain wall, and the painters. "These guys have worked together on different jobs," Manion said. "Everybody knows there's a lot of work that has to be done in a short period of time. The understanding is 'Let's work together.' " Another challenge faced by SBS and by Allegheny Insulation to get the job done quickly as well as safely was installing and insulating chilled water and hot water piping in the 40- ft. ceiling of the stadium's Great Hall. This retail/entertainment area hosts special events such as banquets and may house a Steelers' Hall of Fame. The use of sizzor and boom lifts made it possible for the workers to reach this level. All necessary precautions, such as "tying off" the workers, were taken to ensure safety. Insulation Delivered Promptly, Installed Given the time pressures, the prompt delivery and installation ease of the Owens Corning mechanical and air handing insulation systems used on the job was particularly welcome. "Excellent R-value was one of the most critical features in selecting the insulation," said David Hoover, Allegheny Insulation president. "But so were ready availability and ease of installation. Owens Corning did an excellent job of providing material to the site as required to meet the project schedule." Case Study

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