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Portfolio: Stadia BBVA Compass Stadium Project BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston Client Houston Dynamo Stadium Architect Populous Design team Dennis Wellner, AIA; Chris Lee; Jeff Spear, AIA; Alan Bossert; Bruce Beahm, AIA; Jim Jamis, AIA Photographer Geoffrey Lyons

The core of Houston’s East Downtown Redevelopment Plan and the new home of Major League Soccer team the Houston Dynamo, BBVA Compass Stadium sets a unique precedent for American sports stadia and innovative design for the region. Designed by Populous and completed in May 2012, the 22,000-seat stadium sits on 12 acres of land and is closer to its downtown than any other soccer stadium in the country. The design approach makes use of simple utilitarian materials that echo the area’s industrial heritage, while creating a distinctive civic statement in an emerging urban neighborhood. Situated on a six-block site near other Houston landmarks, such as Minute Maid Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center, the 343,500-sf stadium is instantly recognizable due to its distinctive facade. The stadium skin consists of 94,000 sf of expanded aluminum sheets, arranged in a tessellated pattern, that allow air to circulate throughout the facility. Polycarbonate infill in the Dynamo’s signature color, orange, brands the stadium and highlights articulated openings in the skin, which range from pedestrian-scaled ticketing windows to three-story general spectator entries. The continuous exterior surface provides a dynamic sense of enclosure while enhancing the spectator experience. BBVA Compass Stadium has an expansion capacity of 30,000 seats. It was designed to feature soccer, but fans of many other events, including football, lacrosse, rugby, and concerts, will also have the opportunity to benefit from the stadium’s clear sightlines and intimate setting.

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Contractor Manhattan Construction

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Consultants

LANDSCAPE : Clark Condon Associates; LIGHTING:

M-E Engineers; ACOUSTICAL : WJHW; FOOD SERVICE: Duray; PLAYING FIELD: Millennium Sports; INTERIOR DESIGNER: Populous; GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Populous; STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Walter P. 3 4

Moore; CIVIL ENGINEER: WGA; MEP ENGINEER: M-E Engineers; LIFE SAFETY ENGINEER: Howe Engineers

Resources

FENCES, GATES, AND HARDWARE : Deacero; RETAIN-

ING WALLS: Trinity Wall Systems; MASONRY UNITS: Camarata

Masonry Systems; METAL DECKING: Vulcraft; ARCHITECTURAL WOODWORK : Buda Woodworks; AWNINGS: Avadek; ROOF AND EXTERIOR SKIN NODE ISOMETRIC DETAIL 1 EXPANDED METAL WALL PANEL SYSTEM 2 ALUMINUM SECONDARY METAL FRAMING 3 2”X2” ALUMINUM CHANNEL 4 STRUCTURAL TUBE

WALL PANELS: Crown Corr-AMICO; MEMBRANE ROOFING: GAF

Single-Ply TPO (Reliable Commercial Roofing Services); TILE: Dal-Tile; GLASS: Viracon; DESIGN SOFTWARE: Revit; GLAZED CURTAINWALL : YKK; STRUCTURAL GLASS CURTAINWALL : Nana Wall

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