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 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 ft2 of retail space, a 35,000 ft2 plaza, and a 5.5-acre bayfront park.

Enclos was commissioned to plan and install the glass facade in the arena. The Enclos team fabricated and installed 160,000 ft2 of rain-screen mega-panels and secondary structure. Each mega-panel consists of roughly 7,500 panels with different dimensions. The mega-panels hang from a secondary steel structure utilizing unique trusses, transoms, and custom anchors to the primary structure. The facade includes a total of 40,000 ft2 of curtainwall on architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS) with an additional 5,000 ft2 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 of 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.

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 Enclos engineering team has used, continues to use, and has 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

1 Warriors Way
San Francisco, 
CA 94158 USA

Architects Kendall/Heaton Associates, USA
MANICA Architecture, USA
Engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates, USA
Building Construction Mortenson Clark Construction Joint Venture, USA
Planung und Ausführung Fassade Enclos Corp., USA

Project Specifications

Model data

Number of Nodes 1642
Number of Lines 1809
Number of Members 1328
Number of Load Cases 13
Number of Load Combinations 9
Number of Result Combinations 1
Total Weight 168.991 tons
Dimensions 506.55 x 514.37 x 104.18 feet
Program Version 5.22.00

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