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Posted by Alison Trost on April 30, 2010 at 10:34 AM.
At the new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, patrons are greeted by the world’s largest operable doors that open to reveal the dynamic view into the seating bowl. Photo ©Blake Marvin/HKS Inc.
The new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas has received the 2009 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award, presented by The Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award was presented on April 12 in Austin, Texas.
The project also will be honored at the upcoming 2010 NASCC: The Steel Conference, May 12-15 in Orlando, Fla., where the project team will receive the President’s Award of Excellence in Engineering as part of AISC’s Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) program.
AISC member firm WALTER P MOORE served as lead structural engineer for the project. The $1.15 billion, 80,000-seat, three million sq. ft, retractable roof superstructure established at least three structural engineering world records. It is the longest single-span roof structure in the world; it boasts the world’s largest center-hung HD video display board; and its operable glass doors are the world’s largest. Additionally, the roof’s mechanization system is the first application of a rack-and-pinion retractable roof drive system in North America and the largest and steepest such roof application in the world.
For a more photos of Cowboys Stadium, as well as a more in-depth description, see the May 2010 issue of Modern Steel Construction, available here online on May 1.