The new stadium for Austin FC was delivered with Walter P Moore’s multi-discipline service approach, complete with structural engineering, enclosure engineering, water proofing consulting, construction engineering, and whole building life cycle assessment.
Q2 Stadium features one of the largest canopies on a soccer-specific stadium that will cover every seat per FIFA requirements. The canopy structure utilized a cable system at the north and south ends both to reduce structural tonnage and achieve the light floating aesthetic desired by the architect.
Walter P Moore’s integrated enclosure offer provided consulting services to the architect on a variety of systems including glazing, metal and timber-composite rain-screens, as well as traditional masonry and cement plaster systems. The canopy enclosure features a combination of customized curved metal panel systems on the bullnose, soffit and edges; and single-ply roofing on the top side of the canopy.
The project had one of the most aggressive design and construction schedules contemplated for a soccer stadium, in order to be ready for Austin FC’s inaugural season in spring of 2021. Given the demanding schedule, Walter P Moore’s construction engineering team was hired early in the design phase to provide connection engineering and develop an LOD 400 fabrication model. As early as 50% construction documentation, portions of the building’s LOD 400 model were completed and provided to the steel fabricator so that the mill order and fabrication process could begin at this time. Walter P Moore worked with the contractor to develop a phased delivery of the LOD 400 model to keep construction moving while allowing the design team to work towards 100% construction documentation. This integrated approach shaved three months off of the schedule as compared to traditional project delivery.
Q2 Stadium is the first MLS stadium to use Whole Building Life Cycle Analysis (WBLCA) to environmentally optimize the structure and enclosure and reduce embodied carbon. The WBLCA illustrated the environmental savings achieved through the use of a cable system to support portions of the roof, as well as optimizations to the concrete mix designs.