Jun 20, 2012

Rose Bowl workers sign off on last beam

As crews prepare the beam for raising on the left side, officials like project engineer
Sean Dryden at right sign the final piece of structural steel in the Rose Bowl renovation
during official Topping Out ceremony at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / June 20, 2012)


Pasadena Sun - June 23, 2012

Football history books contain the names of Rose Bowl legends, but no one writes record books about construction workers.

So on Wednesday 270 workers who have labored on the renovation of Pasadena's famed stadium signed their names to the last steel beam to be put in place as part of the ongoing Rose Bowl renovation project. They then used a 300-ton crane to lift the beam 103 feet into its place within the bowl, never to be seen again until another Rose Bowl renovation in another century or so.

Crews have worked on the project for 60,000 hours so far with a perfect safety record, and have installed about 2,000 tons of steel, according to the Rose Bowl Operating Co.

Wednesday was a day of celebration, but much work remains, especially for officials trying to close a $35-million gap in funding the project. Rose Bowl Operating Co. General Manager Darryl Dunn vowed that the lion's share of the work would be done before the 2014 Rose Bowl game.

“Major enhancements to the fan experience as well as the premium seating in the new pavilion will be completed before the 100th Rose Bowl game on Jan. 1, 2014,” Dunn said in a statement. “We made a commitment to have these improvements substantially concluded in time for UCLA's 2013 season and definitely accomplished for the Tournament of Roses celebration and the 2014 BCS Championship Game. We will absolutely meet that deadline.”