AIA Florida, Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2000
Flexible space for A multifunctional arena
The American Airlines Arena, home to the NBA's Miami Heat, hosts a multitude of events, including basketball, hockey, concerts and family shows. It seats up to 19,600 spectators and features private suites, a bar and lounge, restaurants, a 2.6-acre plaza, public terraces and balconies, underground parking and multipurpose practice courts.
- One of the arena’s most distinctive 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.