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Structural Engineers Foundation Lecture on Transformative Structures

Matt Ball on November 10, 2014 - in Announcement

The topic of the Fall SEF lecture to be held on Nov. 11th will be the new Atlanta Falcons Retractable Roof Stadium and other transforming structures. The planned $1.2 billion, 71,000-seat stadium designed by 360 Architecture broke ground on May 20th of this year and is expected to open in 2017. The stadium will have a retractable roof that works like an aperture in a camera, with eight massive triangular pieces that move along individual tracks to open and close. Other planned features include a circular video board and glass doors that open and close to let air circulate into the stadium, helping the stadium achieve a targeted LEED Gold or better certification.

About the Speaker:

Stephen Curtis, MEng (Hons) CEng, MICE is an Associate Principal at Buro Happold, a global multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm based in New York.  He leads one of the structural engineering teams in the New York office. With more than 13 years of experience, Stephen has worked on a variety of projects regionally as well as globally across industry sectors including higher education, cultural, civic and urban design. He has led the delivery of the structural design and construction administration on a number of complex projects including the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC and the recently completed Yale School of Management in New Haven, CT. He is currently leading Buro Happold’s multi-disciplinary teams on the renovation of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Ohio; Arizona State University Center for Law and Society in Phoenix, AZ; and Duke University West Union in Durham, NC.

Lecture will provide 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit


This promises to be a very interesting lecture.   This program should be of interest to all members of the construction industry, including architects, engineers, and contractors.  SEF meetings are open to the public.

The lecture will be held at the University Center located at 525 S. State St, 2nd Floor, Chicago.    A reception will take place from 5:30-6:30 pm, immediately followed by the one-hour lecture. The program is free of charge, however DONATIONS to SEF are appreciated. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (312) 726-4165 ext. 200 or email office@seaoi.org or register online at the SEAOI website.


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