Purdue Ross-Ade Stadium Lights
Purdue Ross Ade – Field Lighting
West Lafayette, Indiana
✅ Shop Blast & Coat 13 poles, ladders, and miscellaneous steel
✅ Field touch up prior to final installation
✅ SSPC SP 1 – Clean steel to remove oil and containments
✅ SSPC SP 6 – Commercial Blast Clean to achieve 1.5-2.0 mil profile
✅ 1 coat Zinc Primer, 2.5 – 4.0 mils DFT
✅ Stripe coat to all welds, edges, and inaccessible areas
✅ 1 coat Aliphatic Acrylic Polyurethane, 2.0 – 5.0 mils DFT
🔹 Oversized poles arrived in 2 sections = approx. 17,000 lbs each
🔹 Added anti-slip granules to ladder rungs
🔹 Staging & curing process with consecutive loads
🔹 Tight schedule to meet before 1st home game
▪️ DECO suggested shop coating all conduit to match in lieu of field painting
▪️ Improved shop work-plan and staging. Measured by quicker turnaround of poles toward end of job
▪️DECO added strip coat for added asset protection
✅ Heavy loads to flip & maneuver between buildings
✅ Loading and off loading multiple trucks at once
➡️ Use of DECO cranes and Combi-Lift reduce safety risk
✅ Field touch up after erection at heights of 145’ – master skill applicator needed (20 years)
Sue Ellspermann, Indiana former lieutenant governor, now president of Ivy Tech and Purdue University graduate, stopped by our production facilities at DECO Coating. She signed the inside of one of the light poles we coated to be erected at Ross-Ade Stadium.
It was serendipitous how Ellspermann was at Deco Coatings discussing how her team at IvyTech could help grow DECO with future employees from their student population... when she found out we are doing the specialty coatings on the light poles that will be put in the Ross Ade Stadium, just in time for the kickoff game!
Sue Ellspermann Visits DECO Coatings Facility
Former Lt. Governor and current President of IVY Tech Community College, Sue Ellspermann, visited DECO Coatings to tour the campus.
Seen here: Janet South (President of DECO Coatings), Sue Ellspermann, Steve Bardonner (Dean of the School of Manufacturing and Applied Science at IVY Tech), and Sue Smith (Vice President of Technology Division Corporate Execute for Advanced Manufacturing).
This meeting was to discuss the potential opportunity to align training for new graduates specializing in manufacturing.
"We understand the need for specialized training for future technicians. What we want to create subject matter experts in their fields. This is the future of workplace development."
Sue Ellspermann signed one of the Ross-Ade Stadium Light Poles
Sue Ellspermann graduated from Purdue University in 1982, so when she saw that DECO was coating the new stadium lights for Ross-Ade, she was excited to autograph the inside of one of the poles.
This is a fun little factoid, and somewhat of a secret since the signature was done on the inside of the light pole.
Also, it was quite funny when Ellspermann commented that she would have to tell Mitch Daniels, friend and current President of Purdue University (and former Governor of Indiana), that she got to sign one of the light poles. That is something that only Ellsperman got the opportunity to do! (Except for Janet South, who also had a fun little time secretly signing the inside of pole #13).
By using a CombiLift, this beam is being safely and efficiently moved. The beam is being staged for the coating application process, since it has been correctly blasted.
This light pole has been blasted and is ready for it's first coat of zinc. By properly prepping and maintaining a clean and climate controlled environment, the coatings extend the life of infrastructure.
We use a Combilift for safe and efficient staging. By using this piece of equipment, we save time and money, giving better value to our customers. Also, it decreases needless safety risks which helps keep our workforce on track.
This is the second to last step of the job: here, the light poles are in the process of being erected, and then they will receive a face-off touch-up.