It’s not often that a football playoff season and an order for steel plates converge. This was the case last winter during the 2019 NFL playoffs, when Trench Shoring Company received a call from Calex Engineering.

Calex Engineering was involved in the remodeling/construction project underway at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum project.

The Los Angeles Rams were scheduled to play the Dallas Cowboys at the LA Coliseum on January 12, 2019. Since the aging Coliseum would be undergoing renovations directly after the game, Calex Engineering requested multiple truckloads of Trench Shoring Company’s Trench Top™ Steel Trench Plates to protect the surface of the Coliseum floor during the renovation project.

However, as Calex Dispatcher Evan Steen notes, “We had unique challenges with the LA Coliseum project involving specific start dates with tight schedules around the playoffs. Time was our biggest challenge.” The delivery timing of the steel plates depended on whether or not the Rams won their Coliseum game with the Cowboys and whether their next potential rival—the New Orleans Saints also won their game. If the Rams had lost against the Cowboys, the Trench Shoring Company Trench Top Steel Plates order would be delivered bright and early on the morning of Monday, January 14th.

On the other hand, if the Rams won but the Saints lost, Trench Shoring Company was instructed to cancel the January 14th order, because the Rams would be playing another game at the Coliseum the following weekend. This meant rescheduling the plates for Monday, January

21st. In both scenarios, Trench Shoring Company trucks needed to be fully loaded with trench plates by 5:00 am even if they wouldn’t be needed on that particular day. As it turned out, both the Rams and Saints won so the next playoff game between the Rams and Saints took place in New Orleans. The steel plates order was successfully scheduled for delivery on Monday, January 14th with Trench Shoring Company trucks fully loaded at 5:00 am.

This dependable, customer-focused performance by Trench Shoring Company doesn’t surprise Evan Steen. “Our experience with Trench Shoring Company has been awesome. They always take our calls, we’ve never had problems with late deliveries or pickups…. no complications whatever.”


The Trench Shoring Company Trench Tops ordered by Calex for the LA Coliseum project included:

  • 5-4’X6′ Trench Top steel trench plates 984 lbs.
  • 6-6’X8′ Trench Top steel trench plates 1,968 lbs.
  • 5-8’X12′ Trench Top steel trench plates 3,936 lbs.
  • 6-8’X15′ Trench Top steel trench plates 4,920 lbs.
  • 10-8’X20′ Trench Top steel trench plates 6,650 lbs.


For this project, Calex also requested a supply of Trench Shoring Company’s Trackclean® which is used to clean the tires of the trucks driving in and out of the job site.

Calex job site field supervisor, Greg Peters, adds: “We covered the LA Coliseum field with cloth and base and we are using the plates to protect the infrastructure of the stadium from heavy trucks and cranes. We’re protecting manholes and vaults. We did the exact same thing last year, again using Trench Shoring company equipment. This is the second year of this project, involving the same tight timelines. We cannot afford to lose time as there are giant liquidated damages—millions per game in fines—if we don’t finish on time. For that reason, we always turn to Trench Shoring Company. This decision has been a certainty for many years.”

Trench Shoring Company’s extensive inventory of steel trench plates, combined with their professional, experienced team of installers and the responsiveness of their entire team, meant that they could be flexible, and deliver on time, even with a rapidly changing schedule.