Kansas City, Kan.
The new facility for Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City has won the SEAKM 2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in the new buildings over $100 million category. We provided structural design to architect Populous. The 18,500-seat stadium, which will also host lacrosse, rugby and concerts, features 36 luxury suites on two levels and a two-story owner’s suite. A 145,000-sf canopy system with a clear polycarbonate covering the seating bowl will allow sunlight to reach the grass and will isolate fan noise within the stadium. Project challenges include a site footprint bound on three sides, a 45-ft. grade differential and four strata of soil. The foundation system is spread footings bearing on sandstone and shale and drilled piers penetrating soft layers to hard limestone. A future upper deck will add 7,000 seats to the south and east stands. The project is being completed under an ultra fast-track 22-month design and construction schedule and will open this June.