Over 18,000 linear feet of ornamental railing was provided for the latest phase of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center renovation, which features a new (and relocated) main Grandstand, and the redevelopment of the South Campus Tournament Courts. This phase of the renovation was completed in time to alleviate the expected elevated fan attendance for the 2016 U.S. Open.
The new Grandstand, relocated to the southwest corner of the complex, accommodates just over 8,000 seats; up from 6,000 seats in the previous grandstand. Fans entering the new Grandstand can walk up one of two grand staircases featuring Classic Picket Railing with aluminum aisle railing which allows access to fan seating areas. Inside the Grandstand, anodized aluminum Classic Picket Railing with horizontal pickets border the fan entrances and the front of seating areas. Custom Post Rail with SGP glass infill was used at the front of each aisle, allowing for clean site lines. Anodized aluminum pipe and tube Griprail was utilized throughout the Grandstand aisles.
The South Campus featuring the tournament courts was redeveloped to accommodate heavy traffic flow, and to make the area more pedestrian-friendly. Several courts were moved approximately 50 feet to the south, making room for wider pedestrian walkways. Seating areas with bleachers were added, in order to allow more fans a place to view tournaments. Classic Picket Railing with horizontal pickets can be found lining fan entrances, surrounding ADA seating areas and mounted to the front of the newly added bleachers. Gridguard grated railing can be found surrounding the sides and back of the bleacher systems, and is attached via brackets stud welded to raker beams. The aluminum grated railing also lines the stairs leading to the fan seating areas.
Additional renovations, including removal of the old Grandstand and development of the new Louis Armstrong facility, are scheduled to be completed and ready for use in 2017.
SC Railing was honored to work with Rosetti and Hunt Construction on this phase of the USTA renovation!
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