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Cantilever design hikes stadium stance

University of North Texas' Apogee Stadium

The new home of Mean Green football, the University of North Texas' Apogee Stadium opened in Denton in September 2011. The project utilized 49,754 square feet of 4-mm Alucobond aluminum composite panels in two colors from 3A Composites USA Inc. that matched the university's official colors. The metal panels were a unifying design element on the uniquely designed stadium, which was shaped like a horseshoe bowl across 46 acres.

NOW Specialties Inc. fabricated and installed 48,320 square feet of the Alucobond panels in Sunrise Silver Metallic and 1,334 square feet in custom Mean Green with the NOW 1100 route and return wet-seal system. The Sunrise Silver Metallic panels were installed as cladding on the press box, suites and club exteriors, and as fascia beneath canopies. The Mean Green panels were installed as a design accent on the ticketing booths, behind the 15-foot by 27-foot north end zone video scoreboard and other areas.

Matthew Le, head of project management at NOW Specialties, says it was a challenge to fabricate the metal panels in a cantilever design for the stadium's upper-level club area and install them above tiers of flat, metal bench bleacher seating.

"We came up with a unique scaffolding system that helped to spread the load and allowed us to reach the club-level panel and canopy areas," Le says. "Once installed, our metal panel system looked outstanding. We've received many compliments on this project."

To earn Platinum LEED certification, architects at HKS Inc. incorporated multiple ecologically friendly design elements in the $78 million, 30,850-seat stadium, including renewable and recycled construction materials, reduced energy and water consumption and reduced CO2 emissions through incorporation of three wind turbines to generate power.

General contractor: Manhattan Construction Co., Tulsa, Okla.

Architect: HKS Inc., Dallas

Fabricator/installer: NOW Specialties Inc., Carrollton, Texas

Metal wall panels: Alucobond by 3A Composites USA Inc., Statesville, N.C.,