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Falcons Firm Up Stadium Construction, Design Teams

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The Atlanta Falcons and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority recently firmed up the group of architects and builders for the National Football League team’s planned $1-billion, operable-roof stadium.

Image by 360 Architecture
The Atlanta Falcons approved 360 Architecture's Pantheon stadium design concept, pictured here with the operable-roof in a closed position.
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The groups announced the hiring of a joint venture led by Atlanta-based Holder Construction, as the managing partner, and Hunt Construction Group, Phoenix, to build the downtown stadium. According to the Falcons, local firms H.J. Russell & Co. and C.D. Moody Construction Co. have joined the joint-venture team.

“This joint venture is a strong combination, as proven by the group’s collective work history,” stated Rich McKay, Falcons president and CEO, in a press statement. Holder, Hunt and Moody previously worked together on the new international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Currently, Russell, Moody and Holder are building the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, also in downtown Atlanta.

In a press statement, Holder CEO Tommy Holder said, “We look forward to working with Atlanta’s local, minority and women contractors to deliver this landmark facility.”

At the same time, the Falcons and GWCCA announced the hiring of three Atlanta-based architectural firms to assist Kansas City, Mo.-based 360 Architecture with its “Pantheon” concept, which features an unusual operable-roof design the firm calls the “Oculus.” The local firms include: Goode Van Slyke Architecture, Stanley Beaman & Sears and tvsdesign.

Bill Johnson, senior principal with 360 Architecture, said in a press statement that the three firms “provide an attractive combination of skill sets, chemistry and capacity.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of this team, and to have an opportunity to work on an incredible landmark project for Atlanta,” added Kimberly Stanley, a principal with Stanley Beaman & Sears.

According to GWCCA, the project is scheduled for completion in time for the 2017 football season.

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