One of the most noteworthy aspects of SoFi Stadium is its revolutionary design, created by HKS Architects. With the team’s intention to create something far from the standard stadium design, the project laces exterior walls and is sheltered by a transparent dome with ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) to create an open-air feeling. The stadium itself is sunk 100 feet into the ground, reducing its impact on the skyline from outside while still maximizing its appeal from airplane travelers passing overhead.
“We worked with our architects, HKS, to deliver Stan Kroenke’s vision for a unique design concept,” Gannon says. “Pairing the fan experience with the California indoor-outdoor lifestyle was important to us. We wanted to create a building that was uniquely Los Angeles, and we considered every detail of the stadium in order to deliver on that for our future fans and guests.”
Inside, visitors will be sheltered from the sun’s heat by the ETFE roof canopy, cooled by coastal breezes and engaged by the stadium’s colossal “Oculus” ring hanging above the field – a one-of-a-kind 4K video board that displays on both sides.
A SUCCESSFUL FIRST STEP
At 3.1 Million square feet, SoFi Stadium is one of the largest in the NFL. Of course, a stadium of this magnitude required immense coordination to execute.
“Working on a project of this magnitude presents several challenges. Coordinating the size and scope of the projects was certainly one,” Gannon says. “Working with our general contractor, Turner-AECOM Hunt joint venture, we were able to deliver the first piece of Stan Kroenke’s vision, [SoFi Stadium], to build a global sports and entertainment destination in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world.”
The construction team worked with local subs, such as SME Industries, Inc. as the mail structural steel contractor.
“SoFi Stadium is arguably the most impressive sports and entertainment venue in the world in addition to anchoring a high-end, mixed-use development of retail, office and green space,” says Dieter Klohn, CEO and President of SME Industries, Inc. “SME Industries, Inc. is honored to be part of this landmark project that invites the public, inspires the mind, increase ebullience and exceeds expectations. “We are proud of our track record on SoFi Stadium. We have collaborated tirelessly to deliver and outstanding project with zero lost time injuries.” Gannon and his team also worked with Venue Solutions Group, which provided facility management consulting services for the stadium.
“Our ability to engage the community on this project has been one of our greatest accomplishments,” says Gannon. “To date, we have been able to give more that $754 million in certified construction contracts to over 95 local minority and disadvantaged businesses. In Inglewood alone, residents have earned more than $36 million in wages, with Inglewood business pulling in more than $93 million in revenues since the project broke ground in 2016.”
Despite slight delays in construction progress and the heightened challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, the end result is truly a spectacular feat. The team will now turn its focus on building the remainder of Hollywood Parks to prepare for the development’s landmark events in the coming years.
“This project is really about Stan Kroenke,” Gannon says. “Hollywood Park is the result of his core competencies – sports and real estate development – coming together. If not for his vision, we would not be here today.”
DCC Journal | Spring 2021