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Lerch Bates To Design Vertical Transportation Systems For New Atlanta Stadium

Facility Will Be the New Home of the Atlanta Falcons and Recently Awarded Major League Soccer Team
A new $1.4 billion multi-purpose stadium is currently being constructed in the heart of downtown Atlanta and is expected to revolutionize how sports facilities are designed in the future. Lerch Bates, the oldest and largest elevator and escalator consulting firm in the world, has been selected to design the vertical transportation systems for the new home of the Atlanta Falcons and recently announced yet-to-be named Major League Soccer team.

The focal point of the sports and entertainment complex will be the eight massive triangular roof pieces that will run on individual tracks to open and close. Mimicking a camera shutter, the moving roof will be unique among sports stadiums and is expected to make the facility an instant icon in Georgia’s capital city. The stadium is expected to be completed in 2017 and will replace the aging Georgia Dome, home of the Falcons since 1992.

“Atlanta’s new stadium features an exceptional nontraditional design that is the first of its kind,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The facility is a highly creative sports and entertainment complex that will help ensure the city continues to attract world-class sporting and cultural events. Lerch Bates is honored to be a part of the team designing and constructing this new landmark for one of America’s leading cities.”

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Lerch Bates was founded in 1947 and has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access systems around the world. The company has consulted on many of the world’s tallest buildings including the 2,717-foot (428-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389- foot (423-meter) Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Atlanta’s new stadium is the latest sports complex project that has involved Lerch Bates in the design process. The firm announced in January that it was selected by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group to design the façade access systems for the new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The $1.024 billion stadium is currently being
built on 33 acres adjacent to downtown Minneapolis and replaces the 32-year old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The yet-to-be-named multipurpose facility will include approximately 1.75 million square feet, 65,000 seats (expanding to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl), seven levels including two general admission concourses and the largest transparent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the nation.

Lerch Bates announced in October of last year that it was selected by global architecture firm AECOM to design the complex façade access system of the temporarily named Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC) in Sacramento, Calif. The National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings will be the primary tenant of ESC although the $477 million facility also will host other sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions and family oriented entertainment. Totaling more than 600,000 square feet, the arena would include a performance bowl with general and premium seating, spacious suites, indoor standing viewing areas and outdoor plaza with a total capacity of nearly 17,500 guests. Construction of publicly and privately financed ESC is expected to be completed in time for the 2016-17 NBA regular season.

Lerch Bates was chosen by MANICA Architecture in 2013 to design the vertical transportation and façade access systems for VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia. The massive project, one of the largest projects currently being developed in the Russian Federation, will include the construction of a stadium and an indoor arena within a single building enclosure. The $700 to $750 million sports and entertainment complex features a honeycomb patterned skin that will envelop the 27,000-seat soccer stadium, featuring an oculus over the playing field, and the 11,500-seat multipurpose arena. Completion is expected in 2017.

Lerch Bates Selected to Join Team Constructing VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia

Multipurpose Complex is One of the Largest Projects in Russian Federation

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected by MANICA Architecture to provide vertical transportation and façade access consulting services for the construction of VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia. The massive project will include the construction of a stadium and an indoor arena within a single building enclosure.

VTB Stadium and Arena, one of the largest projects currently being developed in the Russian Federation, features the redevelopment of historic Dynamo Stadium and the surrounding park. The exterior façade of the old stadium will be incorporated into the construction of the $700 to $750 million sports and entertainment complex. A honeycomb patterned skin will envelop the 27,000-seat soccer stadium, featuring an oculus over the playing field, and the 11,500-seat multipurpose arena. The groundbreaking design of the two ultramodern sports facilities will allow them to operate independently as well as simultaneously and is expected to be a catalyst for all sports in Russia.

VTB Stadium and Arena will be the home of Football Club Dynamo Moscow when it is expected to open in 2017. Founded in 1923 and the oldest soccer team in Russia, FC Dynamo Moscow currently plays in the Russian Premier League. The VTB Stadium and Arena development also will feature the construction of other structures on its grounds including a world-class sports academy, professional and amateur training facilities, apartments, office space and a luxury hotel.

“VTB Stadium and Arena will have a tremendous impact on how sports and entertainment venues will be designed and constructed,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ director of business development. “The innovative venue, while honoring the past, will be the keystone for the future development of sports in the Russian Federation and Lerch Bates is privileged to be a part of such a significant project.”

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has built a reputation as the premier designer of façade access systems, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance. The firm has consulted on the elevator and façade access systems of many of the world’s tallest buildings including the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389-foot Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Dynamo Stadium, opened in 1928 and the home of FC Dynamo Moscow until it closed in 2008, was designed by architects Aleksandr Langman and Leonid Cherikover and constructed at Petrovsky Park in Moscow. The site has a rich history dating back to the 1770s when Catherine the Great ordered the construction of Petrovsky Palace so it could serve as the final overnight stop for nobles traveling from St. Petersburg to Moscow. VTB Stadium and Area will preserve the perimeter façade of Dynamo Stadium as the two new sports facilities will be constructed within the ring of the historic building. The existing park surrounding Dynamo Stadium will be preserved as public green space.

David Manica of MANICA Architecture is supervising the construction of VTB Stadium and Arena. The firm’s current and recent projects include Lusail Iconic Stadium (FIFA World Cup 2022, Doha, Qatar), Guangzhou International Arena and Entertainment District (Guangzhou, China), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), as well as design consulting for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Inter Milan Football Club (Milan, Italy). Prior to establishing his own design studio, Manica worked for thirteen years as a senior project designer at HOK Sport Venue Event, renamed Populous, where he was responsible for leading the design of over $5 billion in construction worldwide.  His arena and stadium design experience includes lead design positions on some of the largest and most recognized facilities in the world including Toyota Center, Reliant Stadium, O2 Arena London, Beijing Olympic Arena and the new Wembley Stadium in London, England.

VTB Stadium and Arena will be jointly owned by FC Dynamo Moscow and VTB Bank, one of the leading universal banks in the Russian Federation and the majority stakeholder of the team.