Orange County Branch Newsletter
ASCE OC Branch
June Luncheon - SoFi Stadium Construction
By Jason Fix, PE | Programs Committee Co-Chair
On June 18th, the OC branch hosted the monthly luncheon via Zoom. Niel Prunier, AIA (Vice President, HKS) and Jose Cruz, PE, MS, QSD/P (Project Manager, David Evans and Associates, Inc) presented their experience in the construction of the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
Niel brought the perspective of the architect and explained how the over 70,000 seat stadium utilized the translucent ETFE roof to capture the Southern California climate. The unique material performs several tasks for the stadium roof. Sunlight is allowed in while still providing a roof for non-sporting events. Reflections are controlled which is crucial near the LAX airport. In addition, the stadium is themed to match the California landscape with many local plants utilized.
Jose presented the challenges of delivering a complicated project with many moving parts. He highlighted how the utilities were mapped weekly in 3D to identify conflicts. With many different disciplines coordinating on a large project it is crucial to find workable solutions. The complex coordination allows the delivery of several projects at the same site.
With the stadium opening soon, we can look forward to this addition to Southern California’s entertainment scene.
About the Author
Jason Fix, PE, is a Bridge Engineer for McLean & Schultz. He has over 10 years of experience working on bridges and structures in Orange County. He is interested in exploring the civil engineering field and sharing knowledge within the professional network. Jason can be contacted at [email protected].