Heinz Field Assessment


Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County

Heinz Field Assessment


As part the owner’s periodic inspection requirements, Walter P Moore performed a structural assessment of Heinz Field, an NFL football stadium and home to the Pittsburgh Steelers. We documented existing conditions and identified items of concern warranting repair and/or additional investigation. Industrial rope access techniques were utilized to access those areas not accessible via conventional means, namely the structural steel framing near the upper deck canopy and seating bowl. Site specific rope anchorages were used to assess the areas requiring rope access techniques to ensure a safe work environment, and that observations could be made for every structural element requiring visual review.

Walter P Moore primarily assessed the masonry, steel connections, precast concrete seating units, expansion joints, sealants, railing, and other various structural components throughout the facility. Typical defects noted during the assessment were corroded steel, cracked and spalled concrete, deteriorated or damaged sealants and expansion joints, and railings with missing or failed connections. We assessed all items during a single week site mobilization in July 2016 and issued a draft report in August 2016.

All rope access work for this project was completed under the supervision of a Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certified engineer. Walter P Moore currently has four Level 1 SPRAT certified engineers.