Kimley-Horn provided civil and structural engineering services for the development of Atlanta’s new multipurpose stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC. The 71,000-seat stadium officially opened on August 26, 2017 when the Falcons hosted the Arizona Cardinals.
Atlanta’s new stadium features an operable open roof and sweeping views of the city. In addition to serving the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, the facility will host other sports, conventions, and entertainment currently held at the Georgia Dome, including the MLS’s Atlanta United, plus additional marquee events.
Kimley-Horn provided civil engineering services including site design, green infrastructure, extensive utility relocations for the urban infill site, and coordination with review agencies. The state-of-the-art stadium embraces many sustainable features in design, construction, and operation and is targeting LEED Platinum Certification.
The Kimley-Horn team also provided structural design services for the elevated plaza structure that will act as a pedestrian thoroughfare, linking the stadium with the viaduct street level, the Falcons Landing International Plaza, and the adjacent parking deck. The plaza’s structural system is designed to carry event loading, fire truck loading, and landscape planters, while acting as one of the primary public access points to the stadium. Design of the plaza required close coordination of construction phasing, due to the proximity of the stadium structure to the west and parking deck structure to the east, and accommodation for the crane path that overlapped the plaza structure footprint. Consideration also was necessary to provide access to a roadway below while constructing the plaza above.
Additional structural design services were provided for a pedestrian bridge connecting the parking deck and stadium, an underground detention vault, an above-grade rainwater cistern, site retaining walls, and crash-tested high-speed vehicular barriers. Kimley-Horn also designed all other miscellaneous structural components surrounding the stadium proper.