Viega ProPress® will LIVESTRONG® in Kansas City
By Amy Williams
U.S. Engineering, in Kansas City, Mo., has installed Viega ProPress® copper in the new Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The $200 million, 365,000-square-foot stadium seats 18,500 people for soccer games and 25,000 people for concerts and is one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the United States. The park’s first game was held on June 9, 2011.
Construction on the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park began on April 1, 2010, starting with the underground work. Aboveground piping work began in June 2010. Viega ProPress, in sizes 1/2" to 21/2", was installed for use in domestic water, condensate drains and indirect food service drain applications.
ProPress offers the unique Smart Connect feature, which allows installers to identify unpressed connections immediately during pressure testing. This provides additional safety and time savings, helping installers finish their work on time or ahead of schedule.
Michelle Land is the senior project manager for U.S. Engineering, a mechanical contractor that works on commercial and industrial projects, including stadiums and office buildings. “ProPress is pretty much our company standard,” Land said. “We use it company-wide. The Smart Connect feature helped us make sure all our connections were secure.”
U.S. Engineering chose to use ProPress because of its easy installation and safety features. “ProPress is easier to install in the field,” Land said, “and you have no risk of starting a fire, as you do when you solder. We really like it. We’ve tried competitors’ systems, and we like Viega ProPress better.”
According to Land, U.S. Engineering actually finished their work earlier than anticipated. “ProPress certainly made it easier to maintain the schedule,” she said.
Founded in 1893, U.S. Engineering believes that the more they put into a project, the more their customers will receive from it. They offer preconstruction and fabrication services, as well as other services, such as mechanical construction and commissioning. They provide a high level of service, and their years of experience make them a leader in the industry.
Viega ProPress is the smart, secure method of joining copper tubing. And with Viega’s patented Smart Connect feature, you can be certain that you are providing the most secure, highest-quality installation in the industry.
LIVESTRONG, founded by cyclist Lance Armstrong, has been helping to improve the lives of people affected by cancer since 1997. Portions of all stadium revenues, including ticket sales and concessions, are donated to fund LIVESTRONG’s programs.
LIVESTRONG® is a registered trademark of the Lance Armstrong Foundation