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Allegheny Design Services has recently begun work on two exciting new athletic facility projects at the Indianapolis 500 and First Tennessee Park (home of the AAA baseball team the Nashville Sounds).   On both projects, ADS teamed up with TS Sports (recently joined with Panasonic, Inc.); one of the world leaders in cutting edge LED sign displays.

Recently, ADS also teamed up with TS Sports for the scoreboard assembly at the new Monongalia County Ballpark and Coliseum entrance sign projects in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Indianapolis 500 project involves upgrades to the infield pylon displays.  A total of five different displays are getting a complete retrofit as part of the project.  This includes:

  • Demolishing part of the existing structure
  • Adding new supports and framework
  • Supporting the new LED displays.

The challenge for ADS’ engineers was to find a way to modify the existing structure to take higher loads required by modern building codes in such a way that was cost effective and practical.  To accomplish this, ADS used a combination of different strength materials for the new framework and retrofit techniques like filling the existing pipe column with concrete to achieve the necessary strength.

The project will need to be completed by opening race day on May 3.


For the Nashville Sound project, ADS was faced with a unique challenge:

How Do You Design a Guitar that is 130’ Long by 65’ Tall? 

Surprisingly enough, there are no manuals for how to accomplish this.  ADS’ team of engineers had to employ a few strategies to not only structure the guitar so that it would be stable in all weather conditions, but it had to do so in a way that complimented the special construction considerations of the project–namely an extremely compressed schedule.

ADS decided to go with an all steel framed assembly with several “floors.”  This allowed the LED displays to be preassembled by TS Sports’ fabrication shop and shipped to the site in large chunks, thereby allowing the fastest assembly possible.  Speed and constructability are vital pieces to this project–opening day for the new stadium is only a little over a month away!


ADS is proud of its work with a company like TS Sports and Panasonic.  Be sure to check out some of our other work at sports venues and athletic facilities by clicking here.

ADS always strives to provide innovative designs and practical solutions to all our clients.  To see how we do this, feel free to watch our introduction video…

Thanks for reading,



Written by Michael Howell, PE, SE, MBA, Senior Structural Engineer, Director Sports & Recreation

mike-howellMike works as the Senior Structural Engineer for ADS. His responsibilities include project management and structural design. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and graduated with a master’s of business administration from West Virginia University in December of 2014. He has extensive engineering experience as a field engineer, a civil engineer and a structural engineer. He has served as a past branch president for the American Society of Civil Engineers and chairman of the Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council. He is a current member of the ASCE 7-16 Seismic Committee and is active in many other professional committees and civic organizations.