Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana State University Tiger Stadium
Louisiana State University’s (LSU’s) Tiger Stadium was built in 1924 and was expanded in many stages. The north end zone structure was built in 1936 with integral student dormitories. As part of an ongoing improvement plan, LSU wanted to understand the condition of the north facade. Collaborating with the architect, SGH assessed the condition of the cast-in-place concrete facade, performed field and laboratory testing, and recommended repair approaches to support the planning effort.
SGH visited the stadium to document the existing conditions of the concrete, reinforcing steel, embedded window lintels, and expansion joints at the north facade. Highlights of our condition assessment include the following:
- Surveying exposed concrete elements from the ground and aerial lifts
- Using ground penetrating radar to determine the concrete cover over embedded steel reinforcement
- Field sampling and in situ testing of the concrete and reinforcement
- Sounding of representative areas of the facade to identify delaminated concrete
- Performing a petrographic examination of extracted core samples in our laboratory to evaluate the concrete quality, depth of carbonation, and chloride content
We developed repair concepts and preliminary cost estimates for the university and architect to consider as part of the overall improvement plan.