Baku National Stadium in Azerbaijan. Courtesy Tekfen Construction / Thornton Tomasetti model.
The new 68,000-seat Baku National Stadium has been designed to meet the highest international standards for stadiums set by the Union of European Football Associations. Located just off of Lake Boyukshor in Baku, Azerbaijan, the 225,000-square-metre stadium, which was completed in February 2015, hosted the first ever European Games in June, 2015.
Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design services for the stadium. To meet an aggressive 18-month design and build schedule, the project team performed design and construction simultaneously. To maximise design flexibility, the structural design used piled raft foundations, a system more typical of high-rise buildings than stadiums.
An advanced modeling approach also supported the accelerated schedule. The engineering team developed an automated design routine to check beam and column reinforcement against seismic code provisions, greatly speeding the design process. Precast reinforced concrete, main and secondary steel structures were all modeled using Tekla Structures 19.0 and full fabrication drawings were delivered to the contractor’s fabrication facility in Turkey.
In addition to engineering the structure, Thornton Tomasetti’s Façade Engineering practice provided design and engineering peer review of the ETFE façade and roof systems.
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