Some of the loudest, most active college football fans are at Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. After winning the national championship in 2003, the Tiger Athletic Foundation announced that the stadium would get a major makeover and expansion.

The project was designed to happen in two phases. Phase 1, during the summer of 2004, would get the main elevator, stairwell and new columns up prior to the beginning of football season, and Phase 2 would add new ramps, tie beams, rakers, transfer beams, platforms and finish the Phase 1 areas between the end of football season and the beginning of the next one.

The contractor, W.G. Yates Construction Co., was scheduled to begin construction in May of 2004. The General Superintent, Mark Houck, contacted Symons to help plan the areas that would require cast-in-place concrete formwork.

For Phase 1, Symons proposed Versiform for the main elevator and stairwell cores and Max-A-Form for the support columns in front of the stadium.

For Phase 2, Symons proposed shoring for the landings in a layout of small tables that allowed the contractor to move them with a “c” caddy. In addition, FrameFast™ shoring was used for floor platforms and machine room slabs. Max-A-Form was used to form all of the tie beams, transfer beams, and columns. The system was also used with custom riser forms to form all of the raker beams.

In January of 2005, Yates began working 24/7 to complete the job on time. To do this, they asked Symons to provide double the amount of equipment originally planned. This change required considerable coordination between Symons engineering, Steel Form Division, and the Houston branch, but the contractor's request was fulfilled with the delivery of additional equipment and plans to optimize its use.

By the end of the construction, Symons had provided components from almost all of our forming systems. From forms, to shoring systems, to Dowel Bar Splicers by Dayton Concrete Accessories, Symons was the single point of contact for all the concrete forming systems on this job.

By the end of the project, Symons had invoiced almost $2 million on this project, and W.G. Yates was happy with the outcome. Mark Houck remarked that without Symons help in the field and in the engineering, the project would have been way behind. Instead, when September came around, all but a few seats were ready for fans of the Fighting Tigers!

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