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Rutgers, the birthplace of College Football, played at the “Old Rutgers Stadium” in 1938. The new Rutgers Stadium was then built on the site of the “old stadium” in 1994 as a 41,500-seat facility with press facilities on three levels. Six years after construction, the failure of many of the handrail pockets led to RRJ being retained to evaluate them. The evaluation assignment expanded into an examination of the visible premature deterioration of the concrete, masonry, and structural steel components throughout the stadium.
RRJ conducted a series of investigations to determine the cause(s) of the failed, distressed, structurally deficient, and inadequately performing components of the new stadium. A comprehensive field survey, material sampling and testing, earthquake and soils investigations, and a review of the design and construction contract documents were performed.
The investigative findings concluded that design and construction defects attributed to the structure’s nonperforming issues. RRJ developed designs for some of the components found to require repair and provided construction administration services throughout the multi-year repair construction program.
RRJ provided litigation support as part of the project scope in the areas of technical reports, presentations, and expert testimony to various parties of the dispute.