University of Pennsylvania, Franklin Field

CVM is leading an engineering and preservation program to rehabilitate the concrete grandstands of Penn’s Franklin Field, the nation’s oldest active college football stadium. The home of Quaker football and the Penn Relays since 1895, the modern version of Franklin Field was completed in 1925 and today also hosts men’s and women’s lacrosse and commencement.

A century of environmental exposure has caused widespread deterioration within the grandstand, requiring intervention. Hydrodemolition and conventional concrete removal methods are the first step in addressing failing concrete. Embedded galvanic anodes and a protective membrane system will guard against future corrosion, extending the stadium’s service life into the next century. Protective scaffolding and careful sequencing are another crucial part of the program to minimize the impact on facility operations, athletes and the Penn community who frequent the stadium daily.

Location: Philadelphia, PA