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$1.8B Vegas Stadium Reveals Coatings Partnership

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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Officials announced earlier this week a partnership between the NFL’s current Oakland Raiders and a major coatings firm, locking in the coatings brands used for the team’s $1.8 billion Las Vegas Stadium project.

On Monday (Feb. 25) PPG announced the multi-year corporate marketing agreement, though terms were not disclosed.

The Project

In January, officials with the project announced that the stadium was one-third complete and on budget, adding that policies were put in place for the venue’s massive grass tray system and diversity performance goals were well-exceeded by contractors.

Renderings courtesy of MANICA Architecture

Officials announced earlier this week a partnership between the NFL’s current Oakland Raiders and a major coatings firm, locking in the coatings brands used for the team’s $1.8 billion Las Vegas Stadium project.

Reportedly, Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Cos., head contractors on the project, had exceeded the percentage of women and minority workers that’s required by law.

According to the Benefits Oversight Committee, small business enterprise participation was at 19 percent, which exceeds the goal of 15 percent, with $159 million of the $843 million in subcontracts awarded to firms that qualify as small business. In addition, 14 women-owned firms received contracts and 72 percent of those are Nevada-based businesses.

A safety plan was also OK’d for the stadium’s 9,500-ton, movable natural grass field that will be moved onto the stadium floor from outside before every game.

The 4-foot-deep tray, which will be loaded with grass, sand, gravel and irrigation and drainage components, will roll in on 13 rails through a 14-by-240-foot opening in the stadium. Powered by 76 electric motors, the move will take about 90 minutes. (Arizona’s State Farm stadium also uses this feature.)

Prior to that, the last big update for the project came in October 2018, when officials announced that workers had begun installing the 52 truss columns at the site.

The 52 steel beams will frame the exterior 65,000-seat indoor stadium and ultimately hold up its translucent polymer roof, which will rise about 200 feet. The columns weigh about 65 tons each.

“In order for it to hold up the roof and hold up the enormous ring beam that ties those stainless steel cables that support the ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, a fluorine-based polymer) roof, all of that is highly, highly precise,” Don Webb, chief operating officer of the Raiders’ construction subsidiary StadCo, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In January, officials with the project announced that the stadium was one-third complete and on budget, adding that policies were put in place for the venue’s massive grass tray system and diversity performance goals were well-exceeded by contractors.

Other design elements include:

  • Translucent stadium components around the building envelope will give the stadium a black appearance during the day but allow the inside lights to be visible from the outside at night;
  • Envelope ribbons will serve as ventilation and drain water from the roof; and
  • The north end of the stadium is slated to feature folding 80-by-120-foot lanai doors that open to a view of the Las Vegas Strip.

PPG’s Partnership

In conjunction with that marketing agreement, protective and decorative coatings from PPG’s industrial, refinish, protective and marine and architectural coatings businesses will be featured in the new stadium.

“We are honored that PPG has extended its commitment to the Raiders organization as we work toward building a new stadium that embodies the spirit and excitement of Las Vegas,” said Tom Blanda, Raiders Senior Vice President, Stadium Development and Operations.

“PPG’s expertise and ability to provide coatings that offer long-term protection with striking aesthetics made them an ideal partner for this project.”

The stadium is still slated for completion for the 2020 NFL season, despite recent reports that the Raiders are working to finalize a lease with its current Oakland Coliseum that has the option to extend into 2020.

“It’s smart on their part to have a backup plan,” said Steve Hill, chairman of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority. “I don’t think anyone involved anticipates them needing to use that backup plan, but the possibility, while remote, that something could happen is there.”

   

Tagged categories: Coating Materials; Commercial Construction; North America; Ongoing projects; PPG; Stadiums/Sports Facilities; Z-Continents

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