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Officials Investigating Cracks in $70M Stadium

Thursday, June 7, 2018

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The firms constructing a $70 million high school football stadium in McKinney, Texas, have now promised to get to the bottom of some suspiciously larges cracks that have appeared on the structure.

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The cracks, located at both the home and visitors’ concourses, as well as the lower bowl, were reportedly first seen in January. Since then, the McKinney Independent School District has hired a third party investigative and forensic engineering firm, Nelson Forensics, to work with the team to get to the bottom of why the larger-than-expected cracks have formed.

Construction manager Manhattan Construction Co., along with design firm Stantec Architecture, went before the school board at a meeting last week to assure school officials that they were cooperating with Nelson and fully intend to fix whatever arises from the investigation.

“As we navigate through the final challenges of this historic project, the residents of McKinney can rest assured Manhattan will deliver as promised,” said Mark Penny, senior vice president of Manhattan Construction Company.

“Once complete, the new stadium for MISD will be something the entire McKinney community will be proud of. Manhattan has a long history of delivering exceptional projects for their customers. We can assure the people of McKinney the new stadium will not be an exception to that tradition.”

Don Hensley, vice president at Stantec Architecture, also noted that if the problem is proven to have come from the design, that Stantec will pay for the repairs.

The 12,000-seat stadium, which is reportedly one of the most expensive high school stadiums in the country, is in its final stages, with just some interior design and construction left to go. The structure is slated to open with the start of the 2018-19 football season. It is unclear whether the findings from this investigation will delay that opening date.

Another construction update is expected this month.


Tagged categories: concrete; Cracks; Design; Good Technical Practice; North America; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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