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BY SHERYL S. JACKSON
AS THE HOME OF the Atlanta Falcons and

Atlanta United, visitors to the MercedesBenz Stadium in A-town may be most
often watching pro football and soccer,
but the stadium has also hosted concerts,
college football games and motorsports.
Upcoming events also include the 2019
Super Bowl and the NCAA basketball
Men's Final Four.
And, while sports and music fans may
come for the entertainment, the stadium
itself plays a starring role in all events.
Designed to hold between 66,000 and
83,000 spectators, depending on the
event and seating configuration, the
stadium project, constructed by HolderHunt-Russell-Moody Joint Venture (HHRM
JV), earned the 2018 Construction Risk
Partners Build America grand award.
The 2 million-sq-ft, $1.5 billion, multipurpose sports and entertainment facility was Atlanta Falcons' owner Arthur
Blank's vision and legacy gift to the city.
The iconic design features a number of
daring formal gestures - triangular façade
elements, use of an ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) film and curtainwall
façade for higher daylighting, achieving
LEED platinum, an operable roof consisting of eight concurrently driven "petal"
segments that open to create a Pantheonlike oculus that is 220 feet above playing
level, and North America's largest continuous video board at a sports venue - a 58-ft
high, 360-degree Halo Board.
All of these features contribute to
Arthur Blank's charge to "reinvent the
gameday experience" for fans, points out
Wayne Wadsworth, project executive of
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, HHRM JV. The
project began in April 2013 in design and
opened for its first event on Aug. 24, 2017.
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Site construction began in May 2014 - a
mammoth design and construction effort
delivered under a CM-At-Risk contract.
The team was selected after a design
competition, which did not include any
input on cost, schedule or constructability, but did promise an end date of
Fall 2017. To address these issues, the
team led a two-day, all-hands-on-deck
meeting that resulted in a new challenge
to revise the design to incorporate the
value analysis ideas required to maintain
the project within an updated scope and
budget, with no change in the end date.
"The most unique aspect of this
project, as a contractor, was the level of
design and coordination that had to be
completed by the design, owner, construction and trade teams - while we
were building it," observes Wadsworth.
"When you set up to do first-of-its-kind
innovative work, that's what you sign
up for."
The most significant challenge was
the roof structure which required HHRM
to deliver a fixed roof that supports the
world's first operable roof consisting
of eight cantilevered petals that open
and close like a camera lens, explains
Wadsworth.
While retractable roofs are not new
to the NFL, an oculus retractable roof is
unique. HHRM worked for months with
the design team to precisely fabricate and
erect steel from all over North America to
create this masterpiece, says Wadsworth.
"Steel was always a critical path element," he explains. "Without steel - no
roof and no dry in - which meant that we
were unable to start interior construction
on many of the luxury clubs and high finish areas that distinguish the building."

STADIUM ACHIEVES
LEED PLATINUM
CERTIFICATION
HHRM JV contributed to
Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz
stadium's project team goal
of achieving the country's
first LEED Platinum Certified
professional sports stadium in a
host of ways. On-site recycling
of more than 90 percent of
the construction waste helped
achieve that mark. State-of-theart LED stadium lighting was
used to reduce operating costs
and in-building recycling was
used to set the standard for
NFL facilities.
Other pioneering sustainable
accomplishments include:
* A 1.1 million-gallon storm vault
and a 680,000-gallon cistern
captures and reuses rainwater
for cooling tower makeup
water and irrigation
* More than 4,000 solar panels
produce 1.6 million kWh,
enough to power nine Falcons
or 13 AUFC home games
* First sports facility to
pursue the LEED v4 credit
strategies in the Materials and
Resources category

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Simonson Says
A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
AGC in Action
Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
Chapter Connection
Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Member and Chapter News
Construction Corner
Technology Toolbox
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
2018 Equipment Guide
Constructor - May/June 2018 - intro
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover1
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover2
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 3
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 6
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 8
Constructor - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 10
Constructor - May/June 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - May/June 2018 - A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - AGC in Action
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 36
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 42
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Construction Corner
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 44
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 47
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 2018 Equipment Guide
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