Walter P Moore served as structural and construction engineer for this exceptional facility located on the Will Rogers Memorial Center Campus. Once complete, the facility will host high-quality entertainment from concerts to family shows to the famed Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. The arena is also designed to accommodate conventions, business meetings and private events.
The arena is a concrete moment frame structure with a long span roof structure that follows the architecturally driven form. The roof structure is a vaulted, oval-shaped dome supported by a tension ring along the base and a much smaller compression ring at the apex. At the size of nearly 3 football fields, the roof must be assembled by raising individual sections which require temporary supports until the entire roof is in place. The fact that the roof is a dome adds a level of complexity during construction, as each curved truss functions as a beam until the dome is complete. This is a completely different load path than the final condition, requiring careful analysis of each individual member and connection during the temporary state.
The parking garage opened in early 2018, and the arena will be completed by late 2019 and will host its first Stock Show in 2020.