Replacing a scoreboard that had served since 2002
When the center-hung digital scoreboard in Scotiabank Centre had reached the end of its serviceable lifespan, we were brought in to help. This project was part of an overall replacement of the digital clock, scoreboard, and video production control room, and our job was detailed engineering design and production shop drawings for the new center-hung.
We had to design a structure capable of supporting the weight of the LED panels and ancillary equipment within a set shape defined by our client. The most significant challenge was to develop an arrangement of structural members that did not exceed a weight limit set by the capacity of the existing building and the lifting hoists. A steel structure would be too heavy, so we designed it using aluminum.
To provide access for personnel, the frame included an integrated ladder and grating so staff could access the equipment from inside the scoreboard. Plus, we used finite element analysis to confirm strength and deflection were within acceptable limits and met local code requirements. The completed shop drawings for this structure were a combination of welded sub-frames comprising larger “bolt-together” frames that were sized to closely fit through the facility’s roll-up doors.
With our on-schedule delivery, Scotiabank Centre will be well positioned to replace their scoreboard with a new, custom-designed framework that will serve their patrons for years to come.
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