Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, has been named structural engineer of record for a $105 million redevelopment of Texas Christian University’s (TCU’s) Amon G. Carter (football) Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
Known for being one of the world’s leading sports venue structural engineers, Thornton Tomasetti is partnering with Dallas-based HKS Inc., a renowned international architectural firm, to enhance the stadium’s fan experience by adding modern amenities, improving stadium access and playing field views.
Home to TCU’s Horned Frogs, the historic, iconic college stadium will undergo redevelopment immediately after the team’s final home game in 2010, with a final projected completion date of late summer 2012. Improvements include:
• Significantly upgraded and new concession stands for better access and reduced wait times
• New elevators and escalators for better stadium access and crowd flow
• Newly raised, upper seating bowl at the stadium’s west and north ends to enhance field views
• Upgraded and additional men’s and women’s restrooms
• More than 18 new suites, club seating and founder’s club lounge on the stadium’s west side
• New press box, support spaces, vertical circulation elements, plazas, landscaping, ornamental fencing and stadium facade.
“Sports facility renovations and expansion projects are always a challenge due to existing conditions, budgets, time and sequencing constraints of the relatively short collegiate off-season,” said R. John Aniol, P.E., S.E., a Thornton Tomasetti vice president and structural project manager for the Amon G. Carter Stadium redevelopment project.
Aniol has collaborated with HKS Architects on more than eight sports facilities and continues to enjoy transforming HKS’s creative and distinctive forms into an expressive structure. Thornton Tomasetti is an industry leader in developing and using Building Information Modeling (BIM), including Tekla steel modeling and detailing. This integrated modeling approach is highly collaborative and proactively solves problems during a project’s design phase.
“Most major college football venues in the U.S. tuck fan amenities under the seating bowl, but the newly revamped Amon G. Carter Stadium is designed to bring the action from the field onto the main concourse, which more effectively connects fans to the game,” commented Dan Phillips, AIA, senior designer with HKS.
The stadium’s design references, including suites, lounges, graphics and way-finding signage, will reflect the 1930s style of Southwestern art deco prevalent throughout Fort Worth and the surrounding region. By integrating TCU’s colors, HKS has created a unique look and feel for the new and improved Amon G. Carter Stadium.
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We fulfill the needs of our clients at every stage in the building life cycle through seven integrated practices in Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering, Forensics, Renewal, Construction Engineering, Property Loss Consulting and Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is an 800-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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