Steel in the News
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Posted by Tasha Weiss on January 31, 2013 at 6:47 PM.
Not only are they playing in the Superbowl this Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers have another reason to celebrate as well: Their new stadium is one step closer to completion.
The final steel beams for the new Santa Clara Stadium were installed last month. During the topping out ceremony more than 570 construction workers joined team management, staff and city officials to celebrate the completion of the project’s steel framework and watched as two gold-painted steel beams were hoisted on top of the frame at the 50-yard line–one with a Christmas tree and other with an American flag. (Click on the thumbnail image to watch a two-minute KTVU.com news segment on the topping out ceremony.)
About 4,000 pieces of steel (equaling about 18,000 tons) were erected to complete the steel framing for the new $1.2 billion stadium. SME Steel Contractors, Inc. (an AISC member) is the steel fabricator and erector for the 1.85-million-sq.-ft project. HNTB and Turner Construction are the project’s architect and general contractor, respectively.
According to the team, the new stadium will also be the first professional sports venue in California to achieve net-zero energy performance. Several types of solar energy will be installed including solar panels on the stadium’s suite tower, three bridges connecting the stadium to the main parking area, and the team’s training center, which is adjacent to the stadium. Other green components include water-efficient plumbing and recycled materials.
Santa Clara Stadium will feature open pedestrian plazas, commercial community space, a 49ers team store and a 49ers Hall of Fame. The stadium is designed to be used for a wide range of events including professional and college football, soccer, motocross, concerts and civic events. It is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2014 NFL season.