• December 21, 2014

Texas engineering board reviewing stadium flaws

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Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014 4:30 am

ALLEN — The Texas Board of Professional Engineers is investigating whether laws or rules regarding professional practices were broken over flaws that closed a $60 million high school football stadium.

The state’s engineering board is reviewing work at the Allen Independent School District venue, The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday.

District officials earlier this month blamed design flaws at Eagle Stadium, which opened in 2012 but closed this year when cracks were discovered. Experts later cited structural problems in the stadium, which is about 30 miles north of Dallas.

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers initiated the review, said David Howell, the board’s deputy executive director. Howell declined to discuss details of the case.

The board, in the protection of the public, is to license qualified engineers, enforce the Texas Engineering Practice Act and regulate the practice of professional engineering in the state, according to the group’s website. Disciplinary action can include fines and suspending or revoking an engineering license.

Officials from PBK, the Houston-based firm that designed the elaborate stadium, issued a statement noting that if asked to participate in any type of inquiry related to an open case, “we vow to work cooperatively and transparently with the board.”

PBK officials said they are working “swiftly and diligently” on repairs.

The company has worked on more than 3,550 school structures and 45 stadiums nationwide.

Forensic engineers hired by the Allen ISD reported earlier about finding extensive design flaws, which Superintendent Lance Hindt called “engineering failures.”

The major areas were in the concourse framing, retaining walls, the press box structure, single-story structures, the main scoreboard and durability of the stadium.

School district officials declined to comment on the board’s review.

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