|Mercedes Benz Stadium Structural Case Study
Martin Kigudde, P.E.
Mike Fletcher, P.E., S.E.
Mike Steehler, P.E.
Richard Saunders, P.E., S.E.
The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium will seat 75,000 fans and feature a never been done before retractable roof, that opens like a camera aperture. It features eight lightweight moving "petals" instead of the traditional two large pieces.
This presentation will talk about the structural systems, from foundations to the moving roof, along with the structural challenges encountered and overcome to create an innovative new stadium in Atlanta.
Martin is a principal at Sykes Consulting, Inc., a structural engineering design firm located in Atlanta, GA. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (Structures Emphasis) from Virginia Tech. He has over 20 years of experience in designing structures of varying sizes and complexity. He is a registered professional engineer in Georgia and is affiliated with the American Council of Civil Engineers (ACEC), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia (SEAoG).
Martin was the project manager for the Sykes Consulting scope of work on the Mercedes Benz Stadium project; including design of foundations, slabs-on-grade, and precast seating. Sykes staff worked closely and collaboratively with the BuroHappold staff to ensure seamless coordination between the super and sub-structures of this iconic project.
Michael S. Fletcher has over 40 years of experience in structural engineering and is licensed as a Structural Engineer in Illinois, an Architect in Texas and as a Professional Engineer in Georgia and five other states. Mike joined BuroHappold from Halvorson and Partners where he led the Atlanta office for more than 10 years in the design of high rise buildings and specialty structures. Mike is active in a number of professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia, and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. His project experience includes expertise in the design of high rise buildings, long-span structures, sports and convention facilities, and specialty structures. At BuroHappold he is currently working on site in Atlanta, GA on the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Michael Steehler joined Buro Happold's New York office in 2008 as a Structural Engineer. His structural engineering education emphasized integration of engineering disciplines with architectural design and sustainability which he applies to his work on sports facilities, cultural, educational, commercial, and residential projects. In his role on the $180M Pinnacle Bank Arena in Nebraska, Michael designed the concrete bowl superstructure and led construction administration including reviewing shop drawings, conducting site visits, answering RFIs, and performing cost reviews for the client. Michael is currently working out of Atlanta office on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, utilizing BIM for the analysis of the complex facade composed of a series of radially oriented metal and ETFE panels.
Richard Saunders is an Associate and Senior Structural Engineer with HOK's Atlanta Office. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. Richard is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia and 5 other states and a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois and Hawaii. His experience covers the design and management a wide range of structural projects related to sports facilities, aviation projects, and corporate developments. For the Mercedes Benz Stadium project, his role covers project management and construction administration, as well as the design and implementation of the structural support for the video halo system.