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Friday, June 14, 2013

Local architecture firms to help design new Falcons stadium

The Solarium, one of two possible designs for the new Falcons stadium
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  • "The Solarium," one of two possible designs for the new Falcons stadium

Three local design firms will help shape what the new Atlanta Falcons stadium will look like in the coming months.

Goode Van Slyke Architecture, Stanley Beaman & Sears, and tvsdesign will help 360 Architecture, the Kansas City-based company that was awarded the lead contract two months ago, make a conceptual Falcons stadium design, which will be presented to the public next Tuesday, a reality. (Yes, you read that right - next week we should learn if Atlanta will be graced with the Pantheon or the Solarium concepts trotted out a few months ago.)

Saporta Report breaks down what each of the local designers brings to the table for the new Falcons stadium design:

GVSA has more than 17 years of experience in design, production and management services in the public and private sectors. The firm has managed projects in urban neighborhoods and a has long history in the Vine City neighborhood, where they have designed 15 projects, including the Electric Avenue Mixed- Use Development. GVSA's participation in the new stadium project will include event level and team store architecture, and administering project review and approval requirements.

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Stanley Beaman & Sears brings more than 20 years of innovation and technical expertise, as well as a history of successful collaborations with world-class architecture firms. The firm's participation in the new stadium project will include concourse design and way-finding and environmental graphics.

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Tvsdesign produced the original and subsequent expansion designs for the Georgia World Congress Center, including the interior remodel in 2007. The firm has first hand knowledge of the Georgia World Congress Center campus, having designed its master plan. Tvsdesign's participation in the new stadium project will include site and streetscape design, architectural detailing and structural coordination of the exterior building envelope, hospitality and premium interiors design, and construction administration.

It's worth noting that tvsdesign was among the five finalists considered as the lead design firm for the stadium (its design looked like this). GSVA and Stanley Beaman & Sears are certifed under the city's Equal Business Opportunity Program as a certified African-American and Female Enterprises, respectively.

Meanwhile, two construction companies, Atlanta-based Holder Construction and Arizona-based Hunt Construction, have nearly signed on to build the $1 billion multi-use facility.

The stadium's final design is on the track to be completed next April, provided that a certain local watchdog group doesn't hinder the process.

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