Fast Installation For Restroom Building At Fresno State University Stadium
An Easi-Set Buildings Restroom recently made the fan-going experience more enjoyable for the Fresno State University soccer and lacrosse teams in Fresno, Calif. This fast-paced installation replaces portable toilets and is part of several amenities added to the Bulldogs’ home field.
An Easi-Set Buildings licensed producer—StructureCast, Bakersfield, Calif.—served as the designer, engineer, manufacturer and installer working with architect The Vernal Group, Fresno. Susan Jones, lead project designer/project manager with The Vernal Group, was asked by the university to provide a restroom with a cost-effective and time-efficient design for a minimum of six stalls for each sex and storage that could be used for future concessions. Jones turned to a precast concrete building because it can be erected quickly and has strong materials. In her design research, she discovered specifications for an Easi-Set Buildings’ Appalachian 2430 Restroom, and Anna Dezember, owner of StructureCast, adjusted the layout to meet the project goals.
“After some back and forth, I drew up a workable floor plan,” Dezember says. “With a few modifications, our floor plan is what was used in the plan set.” This being a school, DSA (Division of State Architects) design review was required; all schools and hospitals in California undergo this type of review.
Something that sets StructureCast and the other licensed producers of Easi-Set Buildings apart is they work with customers to customize layouts and designs to ensure each structure fully meets a project’s needs. Turpin notes that many of his projects actually begin when he sketches a design modification to show customers the capabilities of precast concrete structures.
“We pride ourselves on our abilities to take a prefabricated structure and turn it into a customized building solution,” says Moffette Tharpe, managing director of Easi-Set Worldwide. “StructureCast, like our other licensed producers, shows how the quality, strength, aesthetics and cost of precast concrete buildings make these structures a smart choice for universities across the country.”
The Appalachian series has a variety of aesthetic, finish and color choices so it can blend with any surrounding. The roof is a low-profile gabled Easi-Span roof. The 24’ X 30’ model comes standard with stainless-steel fixtures, but other fixture options can be specified. Also included with the ADA-compliant structure are 18-gauge galvanized steel insulated doors, tamper-proof hinges, dead-bolt lock, door stop and holder; a roof load capacity of 150 psf; wind load of 165 mph; floor load of 250 psf; and bullet testing to UL-752 Level 5. It meets IBC-2012, ASCE/SEI 7-10, ACI 318-11, AISC Steel Construction Manual 14th Edition, CRI Manual of Standard Practices and PCI Design Handbook 7th edition requirements.
The Fresno State building was customized from the model to a size of 24’ x 38’, and it was delivered in four modules. It is set on a compacted gravel pad; StructureCast performed post tension work and sealing. The custom design also accommodates wall pack LED lighting, timed electric lock doors and interior partitions.
A fast-pace schedule was required to ensure construction was completed before the Fresno Bulldogs’ first lacrosse game. Dezember remembers she was asked if his company could make the entire project happen in 90 days. She says: “We said yes. From there on, we were the only ones in the game.” StructureCast beat the projection, completing the project in 84 days.
The restroom building replaces portable toilets that were at the site. Other amenities recently added include new bleachers, a sound system, snack room and lights.
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