The Orlando Sentinel from Orlando, Florida on May 14, 1978 · Page 15
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Sentinel Star. Sunday, May 14, 1978 H-A T-Bowl From 1-A "I believe HNTB if they say it only moved a fraction of an inch," nodded Tom Kelley, whose only tie to the project is as a football fan. "HNTB is one of the best consulting firms engineer firms in the country. But when you have that much moving a fraction of an inch, your senses tell you it's moving half a foot." Others were not as understanding. -- Scores of fans angrily insisted the deck had moved a foot or more. Some vowed never to buy another coat in thfl unnpr rtpplf OtVlre tritiroH naiwr tri ra. turn to the Tangerine Bowl no matter what their seat location. Of the long list of headaches designed into Orlando's $7 million "bargain" stadium, the sway is -most prominent. Of the stadium's serious drawbacks, most are related to the afterthought upper deck, a precarious ledge that contains only 3,600 of the T-Bowl's 50,612 seats. In addition to the sway, the upper deck affords poor sight lines. Rare for most multilevel stadiums, Paraquat pot didn't kill man, 18 . v Atwciated Praw DiipXch POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. An 18-year-old boy, whom authorities here initially suspected may have died after smoking paraquat-infested marijuana, .died of other causes, according to test results. The Poughkeepsie Journal reported Saturday that no trace of the herbicide was found in lung tissue samples taken from Jeffrey Sosta and analyzed at the Chevron Chemical Co. research laboratory in San Francisco. "The tissues have been through analysis and no paraquat was detected," said Denice Gough, a spokesman for Chevron. the deck was designed at the same angle as the lower level. Persons la the back rows of the deck have trouble seeing the near sideline of the playing field (where first-down chains are customaily placed because Of telecasts from the press box on the opposite side of the stadium). The nearest rest room and concession facilities for Upper deck occupants are on a landing at the midpoint of the lower level. Reaching those facilities means winding down the enclosed staircases at the rear of the upper deck and descending one of the lower level aisles to the landing. The resulting traffic in those aisles has added to the displeasure and obstructed view of fans seated in the upper half of the lower deck. ' Of the problems unrelated to the upper deck, the most frustrating are the gaps designed and constructed between the stadium's sideline and end zone sections. The gaps spawned chain-link safety fences, which obstruct the view from more than 2,000 end zone seats. How the stadium expansion came to include so many bugs is what attorney Fred Peed calls "a comedy of errors." Peed is attempting to sort out the punchlines in preparation of an Orange County Civic Facilities Authority suit charging the various designers, architects and engineers with negligence. The original design came off the drawing boards of Standard Steel Industries, the Three Rivers, Mich., firm which first won the contract to design and build the expansion in 1973. (When the project was bid again a year later following many legal delays, Graham Construction was awarded the contract and the plans were bought from Standard Steel.) The first design was a single level with both end zones enclosed. But that left fewer than half of the total seating on the sidelines, and the CFA asked for a redistribution. Klaus Scheele, Standard Steel's chief engineer, had . his draftsmen eliminate the "bowl" from one end zone and tack on the ill-conceived upper deck. Scheele, a 46-year-old graduate of the University of Berlin, instructed that the upper deck be designed at the same angle as the lower level, according to a source at Standard Steel. Stadium upper decks are customarily designed at steeper angles to provide suitable sight lines. . However, Standard Steel owned several forms for precasting L-shaped concrete risers for lower decks. By prescribing the same angle for the upper deck, Scheele could use the same forms and thus save the cost of fabricating additional steel forms. However, Bob Finfrock, whose Finfrock Industries of Apopka became the precast concrete subcontractor for the project, estimated that additional upper deck forms would have cost no more than $20,000 hardly a significant savings for which to compromise the sight lines. "Twenty thousand is a drop in the bucket when vou're talking about a project like this of several million dollars," Finfrock said. . When Thomas E. Lewis became local project manager-architect for the stadium expansion, he nuestioned the sight lines as being marginal when first presented the plans by Scheele, according to sources. (Scheele and Lewis, both tamed as defendants in the CFA suit, are reluctant to discuss T-Bowl expansion on fhe. record.) Scheele told Lewis of the economy involving the steel forms and vowed to correct the problem either by raising the playing surface during landscaping, offsetting the playing field toward the far side of the stadium, or both. But Scheele became disassociated from the project after Graham won the construction contract on the new bids, and his salve for the sight lines apparently was lost in the avalanche of problems that would follow. m ? ft i Oennit WallSentinel Star MONDAY; a o a The rush to build. Upper deck needs steeper angle . . . dotted line shows how it should've been built CONVERTIBLE SLEEP CENTER UIFfI MU ftOM tit W S4t Cftairbedi Onomon-bed M.lirelw, Reclincra . Dsntwdt . love S.ii WE lUVf THE WORLD'! SMAUEST HECUHE, 706 N. MILLS AT COLONIAL DR. 898-61 76 V PRICE BREAK-THROUGH IN DENTURES FULL UPPER and LOWER 95 Custom fitted 1-day service if possible) For information or appointment call (305) 945-1424 1661 N E. 163rd Street No Miami Beach. 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