American Airlines Center


Hillwood Properties, Inc.


Construction Cost
$210 million

Project Size
19,500 seat for basketball games
18,100 seat for hockey games.
130 private luxury suites
Three restaurants and a club lounge.

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American Airlines Center


Walter P Moore provided structural engineering services for the American Airlines Center, which is home to the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Built on a 60-acre site in downtown Dallas near the West End historic district, the arena also hosts community events such as circuses, ice shows and concerts.

The facility seats 19,500 fans for basketball games and 18,100 fans for hockey games, and includes 130 private luxury suites, three restaurants and a club lounge.

Because of the cost savings over structural steel, Walter P Moore specified a cast-in-place concrete pan joist and girder framing system for the horizontal framing at the five public concourse levels. The two main seating decks are supported by precast seating units, offering advantages in both construction time and cost.

We demonstrated creative engineering in developing a structural system to efficiently frame the cross-vault roof form that consists of two intersecting barrel vaults.