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Steel Structure Trivia: Stadium Press Box
Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM.


Here’s MSC’s September Steel Structure Trivia question! Football season is upon us, and one university stadium has a new steel-framed press box to cover all of the action. The “crown-jewel” of the seismically retrofitted and modernized stadium project, the new long-span two-story press box floats atop the new west portion of the stadium. The first floor houses print, radio and TV media functions and the second floor houses a club space with views and seating facing the field, as well as a dramatic 25-ft cantilevered balcony with a glass deck that faces the campus and provides panoramic views. Can you name the university stadium where this new structural steel press box resides? Photo: AISC



The structural steel press box resides on California Memorial Stadium at the University of California, Berkeley. Congratulations to our winners: Vandalist Kith, an application engineer at Mounting System Inc.; and Matt Lombardo, a structural engineer at McPherson Design Group, Norfolk, Va.


The UC Berkeley California Memorial Stadium Press Box is a Merit award winner in this year’s AISC IDEAS2 awards program. Earlier this month, members of the project team were presented with awards for excellence in steel-frame building design by AISC’s Larry Flynn during a ceremony at the project site.


uc-berekeley-press-box-team-2.jpgSeated from left (click on photo to enlarge): Bob Milano, UC Berkeley; Tanya Xia, Hassett Engineering, Inc.; Rene Vignos, Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.; Christine Shaff, UC Berkeley; Tyler Holke, Hassett Engineering, Inc. Top row from left: Tom Kuznik, The Herrick Corporation; Patrick Hassett, Hassett Engineering, Inc.; Jorien Baza, Hassett Enginering, Inc.; Steve Newburn, Webcor Builders; Chris Petteys, Forell/Elsesser Engineering, Inc.; Greg Baker, HNTB Architecture, Inc.; Joe Diesko, HNTB Architecture, Inc.


Conducted annually by AISC, the IDEAS2 awards recognize outstanding achievements in engineering and architecture on steel-framed building projects throughout the U.S. And each year, awards for each winning project are presented to the project team members involved in the design and construction of the structural framing system. Unlike most industry award programs, however, AISC presents the awards to the team members in a ceremony that takes place at each winning project site across the country.


To learn more about the UC Berkeley California Memorial Stadium Press Box project, read the article from the May 2013 issue of MSC highlighting all of this year’s winning projects. More information about the IDEAS2 awards program can be found at


You can test your steel structure knowledge right here on our MSC website on the last Friday of each month, where a new photo will be posted to the Steel in the News section as our weekly “Steel Shot.” Your challenge is to correctly answer the trivia question provided in the news post, based on what you see in the photo. The next question will be posted on Friday, October 25, at noon (CDT).




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