MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Bess Adler / Thornton Tomasetti.
Home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets, the 2.2-million-square-foot design-build stadium is the second largest NFL stadium in the country. The stadium has seating for 82,500 fans, including 10,000 club seats and 217 luxury suites. The immense 910-foot-by-740-foot facility is divided by only four expansion joints separating end zones and sideline structures. The service level and playing field is supported by concrete filled steel piles. Additional amenities include a wide pedestrian plaza, Hall of Fame facilities for each team, team stores, restaurants and a multitude of game-day entertainment activities.
Thornton Tomasetti created a building information model structural steel design and other skeletal features that expedited the steel procurement and detailing, cutting the construction schedule by several months. Construction of the foundation began in May 2007 and the first event was held less than three years later in April 2010. The building information model was also used for coordination between precast stadium construction, steel construction, as well as MEP systems, virtually eliminating field issues caused by interferences of components generally encountered during construction.
The environmentally conscious project uses recycled steel and concrete from the demolition of the old stadium. The project diverted 7,000 tons of debris from landfills and managed to use recycled materials in steel piles and aluminum louvers.
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