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were really pleased and the clients and
the coordinator, the designer and even
the caterer were really happy with what
we provided."
How does Loane Bros. manage tough
installs? "Plan, plan, plan," says Loane.
"And charge accordingly. Every job has
its own complexities, and some are far
more challenging than they look."

THE CHALLENGES: SITE
RESTRICTIONS, TIME
CONSTRAINTS, PANDEMIC
The requirements for some installs
appear so onerous it would seem the
sanest response would be a polite
"thanks but no thanks" to the offer.
Consider Key Manufacturing & Rentals
Inc. Headquartered in Tualatin, Ore.,
the company manufactures and rents
equipment to the special event industry,
primarily in the Northwestern U.S. On
Jan. 2, 2020, a call for a proposal came
in from Hoffman Construction Co. in
Portland about a project at Hayward
Field, a historic track and ϐield stadium
located at the University of Oregon in
Eugene. Key Manufacturing submitted
a bid and got the job, subcontracting
for Hoffman, says Annie Chisholm,
a salesperson for the company.
"Our speciϐic purpose was to provide
a dry, climate-controlled environment
so a new track surface could be applied,"
she explains. "The track surfacing was
planned to take 14 days to complete and
when completed, the track and stadium
would be a world-class facility, ready
to host the Olympic trials and world
championships."
The task before Key Manufacturing
was monumental. The original request
was for approximately 78,000 square
feet of structures intended to cover the
track surface. However, after installation
began, the company was asked to
provide covers for the inϐield surfaces,
including the long jump, pole vault

runways and high jump, which were
getting the same surface application as
the track. This added 22,000 square feet
of structures and canopies to the original
install, as well as lighting for all of them.
"We started installation on Jan. 24,
laying out baseplates so we could
determine any special lengths, widths
of the structure bays," says Chisholm.
Some bays needed to be 7 feet, 9 inches
to 11 feet instead of the standard meters.
Widths ranged from standard 15m, 20m
and 25m to some special 64-foot, 2-inch
arches. Many of the exterior legs set in
the grandstands and varied in length
from 10 feet to 18 feet. Inϐield legs were
standard 8 feet and 10 feet with some
special legs at 16 feet. (The clearspan
structures were European-style box
beam, which the company has been
manufacturing since 1989.)
"Ballasting was also required on all
interior legs and access to the inϐield was
limited due to irrigation lines," Chisholm
continues. "Most arches and ballast
needed to be set with cranes and boom
lifts because we couldn't be on the track
surface, so we needed to coordinate using
the cranes to set our arches in between
the stadium construction."
The fact that this was an active
construction site posed additional
challenges, since there were restrictions
that limited access to certain areas
at times. To mitigate any delays or
complications, the company devised an
"aggressive schedule," which also factored
in that work could only take place between
7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
(no weekend work was allowed).
Time constraints became an issue when
it came to the pie-shaped pieces required
to connect the structure, says Chisholm,
explaining that the company wasn't able
to manufacture these parts as quickly
as needed. Chris Butler from Safway
Scaffolding in Eugene (Butler was the onsite superintendent) came to the rescue.

YOU NEED TO PUT
YOUR COMPANY
AND CREWS IN A
POSITION WHERE
THEY CAN SUCCEED.
ANNIE CHISHOLM
KEY MANUFACTURING & RENTALS INC.

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