When it comes to solutions for stadium seating, the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Geofoam is one of the most in-demand materials in the industry. It has been around since the 1960s and intended to solve various engineering challenges.
The use of EPS generally translates into lower construction costs and better construction schedules because it is easy to handle, often without the need for special equipment.
Stadium and Theater Seating
EPS Geofoam is a popular solution when creating tiered seating in locations such as movie theaters, churches, gymnasiums, and auditoriums. Its lightweight and high compressive resistance make the material ideal for renovation projects and new construction.
For stadium and theater seating, the EPS Geofoam blocks are manufactured and then stacked to create the desired profile. You can then attach the fascia riser screeds to the front of the blocks to provide a framework for the placement of concrete treads.
Bleachers, seats, and other finishes and attachments are then added to complete the project.
In every application, there are several factors to consider when designing with EPS Geofoam. These include construction and engineering properties. Manufacturers fabricate the material in numerous unit weights that usually come in 11.2 to 45.7 kilograms per cubic meter.
Accordingly, it provides a small dead load to underlying utilities and structures. This can eliminate the need for specialized foundations or the preloading to improve bearing capacity. Furthermore, EPS Geofoam is available in a range of compressive resistance.
The architect can choose a specific type of EPS required to minimize cost without sacrificing on the quality of the design loading. It is also possible to use different kinds of EPS Geofoam on a single project to maximize savings.
EPS Geofoam is a strong, ultra-lightweight material that is a perfect fill material for stadium seating. It can significantly reduce the stress on underlying foundations and improve stability against slope failures and bearings.