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Cowboys Stadium, 2009 OCEA
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The $1.15 billion, 3 million sq ft Cowboys Stadium, completed in 2009, represents an extraordinary triumph of engineering. Upon completion of the Cowboys Stadium structure, at least three structural engineering world records were established, including: “longest single-span roof structure,”“largest center-hung high-def video display,” and “largest operable glass doors.” The single-span roof structure is supported by two 3,255 ton trusses that transfer 19 million lbs of thrust at each end into four concrete abutments. The first-of-its-kind, rack-and-pinion retractable roof was engineered with a very steep pitch (of 26°), mechanized, and features translucent fabric-covered panels that open or close within 12 minutes.

 

The stadium’s design and engineering should also be commended for its extensive incorporation of green initiatives into materials use and management including the use of: more than 80% recycled reinforcing and structural steel content, at least 65% regional structural materials, and a translucent fabric retractable roof that provides substantially reduced power consumption through natural lighting. Cowboys Stadium’s contemporary, streamlined design, efficient function, and exceptional engineering make it a truly one-of-a kind building that will capture the attention of Cowboys fans and the international community for years to come.


Owner: 
City of Arlington, Texas
Engineer: 
Walter P. Moore
Architect:
HKS Inc.
Contractor: 
Manhattan Construction Company
Developer: 
Blue Star Development/Dallas Cowboys Football Club
Photo:
Mahanga - Wikimedia.org, CC 3.0 Unported License

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