Braving New Structural Fronts in Atlanta

Braving New Structural Fronts in Atlanta

October 13, 2017

SunTrust Park — the new home of the Atlanta Braves — is a 60-acre mixed use development that also includes apartments, offices, and restaurants.

SunTrust Park puts Atlanta Braves fans closer to the game than any other park in Major League Baseball — a view unobstructed by massive columns. “Columns are a structural engineer’s best friend — but they’re not so great for the fan experience,” says Adam Karabenli, graduate engineer at Walter P Moore (WPM), an engineering and consulting company. “SunTrust Park features some of the longest, column-free cantilever seating areas in the MLB, reaching up to 55 ft. in some areas.”

American Builders — a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Co. (which also worked on Little Caesars Arena in Detroit), and New South Construction Co. — provide construction management and general contractor services, specializing in sports construction. During peak manpower, American Builders had 1,400 people working on SunTrust Park per day; and 11,110 people completed safety orientations over the course of the project. The construction team and its subcontractors completed the stadium in 29 months, logging more than 5.6 million work hours, says Brasfield & Gorrie Division Manager Chris Britton, who serves as American Builders’ 2017 project director. MORE...

SunTrust Park - Walter P Moore - Atlanta, GA