When Taylor Ball Construction got the contract to pour almost 60,000 lineal feet of riser seating for the new Kansas City International Speedway, it faced a forming dilemma. Because setting the riser forms fast and accurately was the top priority, Taylor Ball originally intended to use a gang-form system moved into position by crane. However, crane access on the job was restricted. Deciding instead to use hand-set forms, the contractor was confronted with another problem--how to meet the high production rates required by the project schedule.
Traditionally, hand-set forms for a project of this type would require the use of wood kickers as braces. However, this bracing method was rejected because it would slow down the job and boost labor and material costs. Fortunately, Taylor Ball discovered a solution to the bracing problem--a reusable metal bracing system called the Adjustable Kicker.