Hillis-Carnes managed and coordinated the structural, civil, and architectural combined testing and inspection services for the new stadium of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hillis-Carnes worked closely with Hunt Construction Group & Mascaro Construction JV (General Contractor), HOK Sports/Populous (Architect of Record), WTW Architects, and Bliss Nitray (Structural Engineer of Record) on this notable project. Construction began on June 18, 1999, on a site adjacent to Three Rivers Stadium. This 1.4 million SF, 65,050-seat facility opened in August 2001. The Steelers made their debut at Heinz Field on October 7, 2001.
Hillis-Carnes was directly responsible for the management and administration of the construction plans, the inspection of all structural steel, reinforcing steel, spread footings, precast, masonry, cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete, soils, waterproofing, fireproofing, light gauge framing, reinforcing steel, masonry, structural steel to include non-destructive testing; ultrasonic and magnetic particle, steel and precast shop inspections, and deep earth foundation inspections. The firm also managed the testing services performed by our MBE and WBE sub-consultants. Hillis-Carnes was also special inspectors for the City of Pittsburgh, verifying that all construction complied with the contract documents. Hillis-Carnes was on site 100% of the time through project completion.