Commercial and Recreational Complexes

Convention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas, stadium and sports venues in Florida, Michican, Maryland and more recently in Quebec, a national museum in Virginia, are only a few of the major projects on which ADF was invited to collaborate because of its proven expertise.

These types of projects often call for a double expertise, that is, the know-how in structural steel and in architecture. In fact, the design of these buildings includes and showcases a large number of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) for which a particular attention is to be given to the finish of the product.

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Owner:

Detroit Lions/Wayne County Stadium Auth.

Client:

Hunt Construction Group, Indianapolis

Architects:

The Smith Group, Detroit

Engineering:

Thornton & Tomasetti Engineers, NY

Built on the site of the former Tiger Stadium, the new 165,580 square meters (1,750,000 square feet) National Football League building, home of the Detroit Lions, can accommodate 65,000 spectators under its dome.

ADF was selected to supply the connections engineering, the fabrication and the installation of over 10,500 tons of heavy and complex structural steel required to build the new stadium, also known as the Ford Field stadium.

The installation of the dome represented a major engineering challenge. The dome is comprised of three sections. The two lateral sections, each weighing over 3,000 tons, were first assembled on the stadium ground before being hoisted 100 feet above the field with computer-assisted hydraulic jacks and fastened to the structure. The dome’s middle section was then assembled on the top, bridging the two lateral sections.