Painters USA working with LPR Construction at new Nashville Fairgrounds Stadium
By Painters USA Team
— Published July 13, 2021
Painters USA is proud to have been chosen by LPR Construction to work on the new Nashville Fairgrounds Stadium, slated to open in May 2022. It will be the largest soccer stadium in North America with 30,000 seats and the new home of Major League Soccer’s Nashville SC franchise.
With its “Music City” location and large seating capacity, the facility also will serve as an exciting new concert venue.
Painters USA part of the construction team
As a leading structural steel and precast concrete contractor with offices in Colorado and Louisiana, LPR Construction will be doing the important steel erection work at the Stadium. Once shipments of finished steel arrive on site, LPR Construction begins the process, followed closely by Painters USA. Our crews will work closely behind LPR to safely scale the newly erected structure, in some cases high above the work site, to touch up steel columns and beams with a specially blended black paint selected by the stadium’s designers.
In some areas, such as bolted connections, Painters USA crews must first prepare the areas by cleaning them correctly, including bolts, which are oiled to prevent rust. The crews then add a fast-cure epoxy and finishing coats.
With a project of this scale and number of craft workers, coordination is critical for the delivery, fabrication, and erection phases. Once LPR Construction erects a piece of steel, Painters USA crews must work quickly to safely complete their portion, so that follow-on tradespeople can get started on their work.
Quite a bit of precast steel is visible along the concourse and on a huge, exposed steel canopy. The finished coat of paint has to look perfect,” said Chris Cozza, project manager for LPR Construction. “Painters USA has to touch up the steel if it’s been scuffed in any way during shipping or erecting. These are bolted connections, and Painters USA paints each one. This isn’t as simple as brushing on a coat of black paint. There’s a cleaning, application, and finishing process. I’ve been educated.
Painters USA work on Nashville Fairgrounds Stadium
Safety and supplier diversity
Along with extensive construction painting and coating expertise and experience working with general contractors, Painters USA also was selected based on the company’s safety performance track record and supplier diversity.
Painters USA is a woman-owned business, certified by WBENC since 2014, and qualifies as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier. The company is also committed to workplace safety, with an excellent Experience Modification Rating (EMR) and strong safety training and certification programs in place.
As part of the Nashville Stadium project, LPR Construction has given Painters USA crews instruction on safety tie-offs and its systems for climbing and maneuvering across the steel infrastructure. Any crew member six feet or more above ground must use two tie-offs and take other protective measures to prevent falling hazards and reduce other safety risks.
Safety is paramount in this situation, since our crews are working aloft, climbing into hard-to reach but easily seen areas and doing the work without delaying the construction schedule,” said Ryan Thomas, field operations manager for Painters USA.
The exposed steelwork and its color are significant architectural features of the project. According to Thomas, working with the specially blended black paint requires finesse and attention to detail, since any areas not perfectly blended into the whole will mar the overall look.
They’re very good at what they do!
For more information, click here for Nashville Fairgrounds Stadium construction progress.
About LPR Construction
LPR Construction, headquartered in Loveland, Colorado, builds complex steel structures like Coors Field, heavy industrial projects like Lamar Power Station, and many other notable projects throughout Colorado, the US and Canada. https://www.lprconstruction.com/
About Painters USA
Woman-owned Painters USA is a provider of commercial and industrial cleaning, painting and coating services for clients across the United States. Painters USA is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
Relevant links to more information
News Release: Painters USA Scales New Heights to Paint Steelwork at Nashville Fairgrounds Stadium
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