2013 Engineering Category Winner
Pinnacle Bank Arena, Nebraska

Buro Happold and Computer Detailing, Inc.

Entertainment Arena

Description: The Pinnacle Bank Arena will be home to the University of Nebraska Men's and Women's basketball teams. Other sporting events and entertainment activities will also use the facility. Completion of the $180 million arena is scheduled for the fall of 2013. The arena will have the capability of seating 16,000 people with the capacity to expand eventually to 18,000. The location of the new arena is in the West Haymarket area of Lincoln, Nebraska. With the addition of the new arena, the entire area has been revitalized with new restaurants, hotels, residential buildings and retail space. The team of Lejeune Steel, Computer Detailing, Inc. and Buro Happold worked closely together to coordinate the TEKLA model and to resolve issues that were discovered during the design, detailing and construction process.

The use of TEKLA early in the design process aided the bid process of the project by providing mill order models to fabricators and erectors in which provided accurate material takeoffs and helped to convey a clear understanding of the structural intent. TEKLA continued to be used throughout the construction process in order to properly sequence the fabrication and erection schedule to ensure that the project remained on time and budget. By using TEKLA to sequence the high roof steel fabrication, the high roof steel was fully erected in just under 4 months.

Special Challenges: The site location for the Pinnacle Bank Arena extended over active rail tracks on either side of the arena which we removed midway through construction. This caused a unique design challenge that was solved by the marriage of a concrete bowl with steel framing. This allowed the steel framing outside of the concrete bowl to be quickly erected once the tracks were re-moved. TEKLA was used to ensure that the interface between concrete and steel was fully coordinated through design and construction.

Reason for Success: The project was successful in large part due to the commitment of the design team lead by architects DLR GROUP, and the construction team lead by construction manager Mortenson Construction, using the latest software that would most benefit the project as a whole. Tekla, as well as other BIM software, were used by the steel detailer, structural engineer, steel fabricator, architect and contractor in order to make sure that design and construction issues were addressed, coordinated, resolved and tracked.