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Epic, Deep Space Auditorium

The centerpiece of the Epic Systems Corporation's 811-acre campus is its award-winning, 1.2-million-square-foot underground auditorium.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Cuningham Group Architecture, P.A. & J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Owner
Epic Systems Corporation
Location
Verona, Wisconsin
Completion Date
Area
1.2 million ft²
Project Awards

AISC IDEAS² Award, National Certificate of Recognition, Exemplary Use of Structural Steel, 2016

Associated General Contractors of America, Alliant Build America Grand Award, 2014

Associated General Contractors of America, Best New Building over $200 Million, 2014

Epic, Deep Space Auditorium in Verona, Wisconsin. Courtesy C&N Photography, Inc.
Epic, Deep Space Auditorium in Verona, Wisconsin. Thornton Tomasetti
Epic, Deep Space Auditorium in Verona, Wisconsin. Thornton Tomasetti
Epic, Deep Space Auditorium in Verona, Wisconsin. Thornton Tomasetti
Epic Deep Space Auditorium in Verona, Wisconsin. Thornton Tomasetti
Epic, Deep Space Auditorium in Verona, Wisconsin. Thornton Tomasetti
Epic, Deep Space Auditorium in Verona, Wisconsin. Thornton Tomasetti

Seating 14,000 -- While Preserving the Rural Landscape

When medical software provider, Epic Systems Corporation, built its new campus near Madison, Wisconsin, the centerpiece on the 811-acre site became the award-winning 1.2-million-square-foot underground auditorium.

We worked with Cuningham Group Architecture to provided structural design, façade engineering and construction engineering—which included consulting on building envelope systems and a fully detailed Tekla model—for the 11,400-seat auditorium, with the capacity to expand to 14,000 seats.

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Highlights

  • By providing integrated services, we contributed to maintaining an accelerated schedule of 29 months, from beginning of design to completion of construction in 2013.
  • Excavated into a hillside to preserve views throughout the campus, the auditorium extends 74 feet underground and has an eight-acre green roof with vertical glazing for daylight.
  • Natural daylighting, photovoltaic solar power, storm water filtration and geothermal heat pumps add to the project’s sustainability.
  • The 25-foot-deep trusses spanning 275 feet support the column-free roof.
  • To ensure an efficient structure and limit potential conflicts during construction, we consulted on erection engineering and design for the 4,200-ton roof lift. The specially designed roof trusses accommodated erecting the structure on the ground and strand jacking the entire roof into position.
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Epic Deep Space Roof Lift