Chase Center Arena, San Francisco, CA, USA
Chase Center Arena is the newest addition to Mission Bay in San Francisco. The state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center features 18,000 seats. The arena will host approximately 200 events annually.
Kendall/Heaton Associates, USA
MANICA Architecture, USA
Magnusson Klemencic Associates, USA
|Building Construction||Mortenson Clark Construction Joint Venture, USA|
|Planning and Installation of Facade||
Enclos Corp., USA
The mixed-use development was designed by MANICA Architecture and Kendall Heaton Architects. The construction was managed by Mortenson Clark Joint Venture. The arena will also have 100,000 square feet of retail space, a 35,000 square foot plaza and a 5 ½ acre bayfront park.
Enclos was awarded the design-assist, glazing and installation of the arena. The Enclos team fabricated and installed 160,000 square feet of rain-screen mega-panels and secondary structure. Each mega-panel consists of roughly 7,500 panels having different dimensions. The mega-panels hang from a secondary steel structure utilizing unique trusses, transoms, and custom anchors to the primary structure. The façade includes a total of 40,000 square feet of curtainwall on architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) with an additional 5,000 square feet of storefront on AESS.
The Arena is being constructed as part of a larger mixed-use development, including the Office Towers and Gatehouse. The arena is the new home to the Golden State Warriors and opened in September 2019 in time for the NBA season. The project has been designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Structural Design in RFEM
Enclos utilized Dlubal’s FEA software RFEM to model the Chase arena for various purposes during the pre-sale bidding process and design-assist phase. "The program was very useful for fast interoperability between Rhino + GH / Excel / RFEM. RFEM remains a very fast and efficient way compared to many other programs the Enlcos engineering team have ever used, continue to use, and also used alternately," according to the Enclos engineers.
RFEM was utilized for the Chase Center Arena project as follows:
- Creation of the FEA model based on the proposed system by the clients / consultants
- Improvement suggestions by Enclos for the engineers' proposals
- Creation of a completely new secondary framing system by Enclos
- Report reactions based on Enclos's framing system
- Steel checks, deflection checks, reaction output - visualized in Rhino
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