When 2006 Super Bowl Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, announced plans last March to expand their home, Heinz Field, to include additional luxury suites and seating, local fans had something to cheer about. PSSI Stadium Corp., which manages the stadium, planned to add 20,000 square feet of enclosed club space extending across the north end zone.
Plans called for the additional space to feature a sleek, industrial architecture look, with an exposed ceiling and spiral duct to create a feeling of spaciousness.
Because the ceiling and duct system were painted flat black to match other elements of the décor, the job specifically called for an insulated spiral duct, which would be easier to paint than a pipe that had to be wrapped externally to provide needed insulation. Midstate’s Spiral distributors sold builders on Lindab Safe® Double Wall duct. It was ideal for this type of application, not only because the ductwork was to be exposed, but also because it had to be painted.
The contractor began work on the project in early summer, installing some 1,200 linear ft. of the Lindab Safe Double Wall duct with 245 round fittings. The ductwork was connected to ten new stand-alone blower coiler units, which also were exposed as part of the architect’s design. The ductwork was completed in late August, and the new space was formally opened on September 7, 2006, when the Steelers faced off with the Miami Dolphins.
“Everyone was very pleased with the way the project turned out,” PSSI Stadium Corp Project Coordinator Heidi Edwards said. “The fans enjoy the new space, and its open, modern look, and the exposed ductwork and the comfort it provides contributes to that.”