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American Airlines Arena in Miami.

  • COMPLETION DATE
    1999

Overview

The 20,000-seat American Airlines Arena, home to the NBA Miami Heat, is positioned on an 8.4-acre site on the serene and majestic Biscayne Bay. The arena, designed to accommodate basketball, hockey, and concerts includes amenities such as a 2.6-acre plaza, public terraces and balconies, private suites, a bar and lounge, restaurants, underground parking for 1,071 and a multi-purpose practice court.

One of the arena’s most unusual features is the installation of an ALIX retractable seating system at the event level to allow both uncomplicated and rapid conversion among seating arrangements. The event level is a structurally framed floor system above the parking level and has an ice rink constructed on a structural flat slab. The parking level constructed 15 feet below the 100-year flood elevation is a slab-on-grade construction with holes to relieve water pressure in the instance of flooding. An efficient tension-tied roof design resists uplift forces as high as 150 psf. The roof has large cantilevers on two sides and concrete framed sail structures on the opposite two sides.

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