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Project

Pepsi Center

Hosting over 250 events a year, the Pepsi Center is the largest indoor arena in Denver.

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Project Details

Project Partners
Populous
Owner
COMSAT Inc.
Location
Denver, Colorado
Completion Date
Area
675,000 ft²
Seating Capacity
20,000+
Teams/League
Colorado Avalanche - National Hockey League, Denver Nuggets - National Basketball League
Number of Suites
95
Pepsi Center in Denver. David Herrera photo
The Pepsi Center in Denver. Thornton Tomasetti
The Pepsi Center in Denver. Amy Aletheia Cahill/Flickr
The Pepsi Center in Denver. Dave Armer/U.S. Air Force
The Pepsi Center in Denver. Thornton Tomasetti

Overview

Hosting over 250 events a year, the Pepsi Center is the largest indoor arena in Denver and home to the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. The complex features a six-story glass atrium, a two-story, column-free practice facility and a world-class business center.

We provided structural design services to Populous for the project that was developed on a 4.6-acre abandoned rail yard in Denver’s central Platte Valley. The project was completed in 1999.

Highlights

  • One of the main structural challenges was designing a roof that would support large snow loads with minimal structural obstructions.
  • We developed a circular roof-column layout that created a unique 450-ft-span, tied-arch roof requiring only 17 pounds per square foot of steel.
  • The roof mimics the efficiency of a dome without the need for external buttressing or tension rings.
  • The roof supports all of the arena’s functional requirements, including catwalks, lighting, rigging and center stage support.

Capabilities