Authentic Green for the New Atlanta Stadium

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The new Atlanta stadium, a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex, is set to open in 2017. The stadium will consist of approximately 1.8 million square feet, feature a retractable roof, and accommodate seating for 70,000 people. In addition to serving as home to the Atlanta Falcons and the city’s Major League Soccer team, the multipurpose stadium will also house major entertainment, civic, cultural, and commercial events.

The Atlanta Falcons are developing a reputation as a leader in sustainability. From the onset of the project, they have been invested in the creation of a high- performance facility and in ensuring that green building measures are integrated not just for the facility but also extending into the surrounding community. Like ripples from a pebble dropped in a pond, this project will have a profound impact locally, regionally, nationally, and even globally as an icon for sustainability. The stadium will create an iconic landmark for the city of Atlanta while incorporating the latest in sustainable/LEED advancements related to design, construction, and operations. It will truly be a model of “healthy environments for healthy bodies.”

To reinforce the Atlanta Falcon’s environmental stewardship, the new stadium is being designed and constructed through an integrative process to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction (LEED-NC) standards. One step in this process occurred at the early stages of the project, when a preliminary water analysis was performed to focus on significantly reducing potable water demands both within and outside the stadium. Efficient plumbing fixtures and rainwater-harvesting will be utilized as an alternate source for cooling tower equipment and landscape irrigation.

Located just west of downtown Atlanta, the stadium will have access to many existing services and transportation amenities, including public transit, accessible pedestrian paths, and a bicycle network. Urban agriculture and edible landscaping are currently being designed on the stadium campus and within the adjacent neighborhoods to improve human health and well-being, community involvement, and education about food production. Additional areas of open space will be provided around the stadium to encourage passive and active recreational activities.

Ecoworks Studio is a nationally recognized firm in the practice of integrated design principles and sustainability consulting services, providing a collaborative process that emphasizes the economic and environmental value of sustainable design and LEED certification.

360 Architecture is the leader in the sports facility industry, including stadiums, arenas, and recreation and wellness centers as centerpieces of district planning. 360’s designs enhance the wellbeing of people, organizations, communities, and the environment.

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