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The Coliseum Restoration

Springfield, Illinois, USA

Lindapter Hollo-Bolts provided a solution for connecting new steel plates to the original defective structural columns.

Location: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Market: Stadiums / Arenas
Product: Hollo-Bolts
Contractor: Halvorson Construction
Engineer: Hanson Professional Services
Architect: Bailey Edward Design

Constructed in 1901, this 60,000 sq ft, three-story, enclosed amphitheatre is ideal for horse shows, motorcycle training and concerts. However the venue operator, Illinois State Fairgrounds, had to close the building in 2016 due to structural engineers safety concerns brought about by its deteriorating condition. Of particular concern was the severe corrosion found at the base of the structural steel columns which required immediate remedial works.

The structural engineer proposed to install bracing brackets to the columns at and below the point where they projected through the concrete riser structure, remove the lacing and then install steel reinforcement plates before adding a plywood formwork and pouring concrete for additional reinforcement. A solution for the connection of the steel reinforcement plates to the existing columns was therefore required.

The engineer decided to specify Hollo-Bolt by Lindapter, an expansion bolt that requires access to only one side of a Hollow Structural Section (HSS). Hollo-Bolt was chosen as it offered significant benefits including, fast installation, high strength capacity, and a range of independent technical accreditations, which include the CE Mark, TÜV and ICC-ES Seismic approvals.

The contractor used size 3/4" hexagonal head HolloBolts to connect the steel reinforcement plates to the original steel channels of the columns. Installation was carried out from the exposed sides of the columns where there was free access. Each bolt was tightened with a torque wrench to the recommended tightening torque to provide the necessary clamping force.

The specification of Hollo-Bolts provided the necessary reinforcement to the columns. This allowed the rest of the structure to be restored and repaired with the venue officially re-opening in 2019 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting event performed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.

  • Fast, cost saving installation from one side
  • For square, rectangular and circular hollow sections
  • High resistance to shear and tension
  • Unique high clamping force design

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  • Save time and money

    Save time and money

    Clamping two steel sections together avoids time-consuming welding or conventional drilling and bolting.

  • Safer connections

    Safer connections

    Drilling and welding in the field is avoided, removing the need for hot work permits and encouraging safer site conditions.

  • High strength

    High strength

    Lindapter clamps are manufactured from high strength materials to resist high load requirements and harsh environments.

  • Industry leading approvals

    Industry leading approvals

    Lindapter has earned a reputation synonymous with safety and reliability, gaining multiple independent approvals.

  • Adjustable


    Quickly align steel sections by sliding the section into the correct position before tightening the Girder Clamp to complete the installation.

  • Free connection detailing

    Free connection detailing

    Lindapter’s experienced Engineers can detail a custom connection based on your specific requirements free of charge.

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