Note: This is the second part of a two-part series on the progress of the campaign to build a new football stadium at North Texas.
Well before ground can be broken on a new football stadium there is a lot of work that has to be done behind the scenes. Over the course of the last year or so, there have been several meetings to discuss everything from parking to concessions to the placement of TVs in the suite and club levels.
Most recently, the North Texas athletics department and the university have spent many hours hashing out the immediate needs of the future facility. As has been previously announced, North Texas has enlisted the help of two industry leaders to assist with this project. HKS architects and Manhattan Construction Company have collaborated with the stadium design team to keep the project on schedule. Their expertise has been critical in ensuring the development of a first-class facility while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
Currently, the project is in the design development phase. During design development, the design team will continue to refine all areas of the new facility. Each area will be scrutinized over the next few months to be sure that all areas are functional and sized appropriately.
Another area of refinement will include sustainable design elements. The project goal is to achieve LEED certification at a minimum of the Silver level. LEED guidelines were established by the U.S. Green Building Council and measure how well “a building performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.” It is important to note that most of the endeavors required to obtain LEED certification will have no impact on the projects budget.
The overall look of the interior and exterior of the stadium continues to be a hot topic among North Texas fans. Recent renderings provided by HKS show different perspectives of the current design. The design features a west side loaded with fan-friendly amenities.
The west side will serve as home to the press box, suite level and club level that towers approximately 11 stories high. In addition, the ticket office, Mean Green Club offices and a team store will be incorporated into the west side tower.
Most fans who have had the luxury of attending game in Fouts Field will appreciate the new restroom and concessions facilities that emulate new stadium construction across the country. Many of the architectural features will make an immediate impression on most guests. Whether you are outside or inside you will know that you are in the North Texas Football stadium.
One of the most distinct architectural features includes the north end zone seating configuration. The architecture creates a unique design because of visibility from I-35E. The steel support structure has the same basis as other stadiums like Fenway Park (the Green Monster). It will not have the same characteristics as the Fouts Field totally steel structure bleacher system.
This section also gives the feel of eagles wings while inside. This green structure will support a concrete riser system with bleacher seats mounted to the concrete. Going to a concrete system was a move by the architects to eliminate some of the extra steel that would have been required with an all aluminum seating section.
See most recent renderings of stadium here.