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Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, LEED AP

Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, LEED AP

Partner at Buro Happold

Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, LEED AP is a Partner of Buro Happold, a global multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm, and is based in New York. She has over 25 years of experience in the structural design of a wide range of complex projects including sports facilities, high-rise, cultural, residential, and academic buildings. She is both a licensed structural engineer and architect.

She frequently lectures on technology and innovation in the building design and construction industry. With a focus on integrated engineering and the use of innovative technology, she plays a hands-on role in ensuring a high level quality in Buro Happold’s high profile engineering projects. She is an advocate of 3D technology to improve the design and delivery process.

She sits on numerous national industry committees including the American Society of Civil Engineers, Committee on the Design of Steel Buildings, a trustee of the Beverly Willis Foundation, and is an executive board member of the Applied Technology Council – a non-profit that funds industry research.

In addition, she teaches graduate architecture classes at Yale University and gives regular lectures at Pratt University.

Some of her notable projects include the World Trade Center Memorial Museum, The Tower at PNC, the Atlanta Falcons New Retractable Roof Stadium, the School of Management at Yale University, the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska and the Abu Dhabi Media Zone.

Presentation Description

This presentation will discuss the structural engineering of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, the home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS's Atlanta United set to open in the summer of 2017, that will feature a number of engineering innovations in its new approach to stadium design. The 75,000 seat stadium features a 723' long span steel retractable roof with 8 moving cantilevered petals that open like a camera lens in an optical illusion, where the petals appears to rotate. The roof supports a 360-degree LED video scoreboard, the largest in sports. The building is also on track to be the first LEED Platinum stadium. The geometrically complex facades utilizes single skin ETFE, a transparent lightweight fabric material, it’s first use on a building in US. This presentation will discuss the design technology employed to create the initial concepts, the engineering approach to a two-way long span roof, along with the challenges overcome to create the unique stadium façade structure.

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