FabriTec Structures LLC, a North American design/build contractor specializing in tension fabric structures, announced it has been selected to design, engineer, fabricate, supply and install two tensile membrane canopies supported by steel and cables at Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium’s south end zone in accordance with the university’s plans to build a premium club seating section.
The tension structures will be PTFE Chukoh Skytop 800 architectural membrane and will cantilever out over the stadium seats from columns located on a new club level deck. The new deck area will add 6,000 premium seats and hosted services. The total fabric area covers a 24,930 sq. ft.
The design of the tension structures is to protect football fans from sun and rain, but also ensure that no columns would hinder fans’ enjoyment of the game. A notable design element will be the “spearheads,” located at the field end of several horizontal outriggers, which will extend out over the seating and capture the essence of the spear used by the Seminole Indian – Florida State University’s mascot. Each one will be lit up with LED lighting to provide a spectacular scene at night.
FabriTec expects to start work on site by April of 2016. The entire project will be ready for Florida State’s football home opener in September of 2016.