Gilman School | McBride Grandstand
Lewis Contractors completed the construction of a grandstand at Gilman School—a kindergarten through 12th grade private independent day school for boys in Baltimore, MD. The grandstand consists of precast bleachers, a curved brick masonry faced wall, and a Trex deck. The majority of the project was constructed on an existing slope, with limited accessibility due to the close proximity of the occupied school building, an existing 50-year-old Zelkova tree, and an in-use grass sports field with a fall practice/game schedule.
The site was benched (cut out the earth) to create eight rows of seats and twenty-four stair treads on either side of the seating areas. The seating and stairs of the new grandstand consist of two forms of precast concrete, both of which are installed on helical piers. The seats themselves are precast concrete pieces weighing about 5,000 pounds each. From the playing field, the seating and steps rise up to an upper level brick façade radius retaining wall with cast stone caps and stainless steel guardrails. The wall supports an at-grade flush framed Trex deck built around a large Zelkova tree. Lastly, new brick pavers were laid and new asphalt paved in order to tie-in the existing brick path and blend the existing grades to the new Trex deck. The Lewis Contractors’ team self-performed the bulk of this project which was completed on an accelerated schedule due to sports programming and was completed on time and on-budget.