Location: Saint Paul, MN
Fabric Type: PTFE
Project Size: 93,540 square feet
Architect: Populous
Owner: Minnesota United FC
Engineer: Walter P. Moore
General Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Projected Completion Date: 2019

Allianz Field is the 19,400 seat capacity soccer stadium built in Saint Paul, Minnesota, for Minnesota United FC, the city’s Major League Soccer club. The $250 million stadium was designed by the renowned sports architecture firm, Populous, along with the engineering firm Walter P Moore. FabriTec’s scope of work on the stadium involved the fabrication and installation of the 93,540 square foot tensile membrane façade.

The membrane wrapping around the stadium is a uniquely developed PTFE membrane material that reflects sunlight and appears silver during the daylight yet appears translucent at night. The steel support structure behind the building envelope includes 1,700 embedded computer-controlled LED lights capable of displaying dynamic light shows on the membrane façade.

We are pleased to write a letter of recommendation for FabriTec Structures. Walter P Moore has collaborated with Fabritec on a wide variety of projects. In those projects, the individuals from Fabritec have consistently brought technical skill, ingenuity, and a collaborative attitude to the project.

One specific example of partnership between Fabritec and Walter P Moore is Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota scheduled to open in March 2019. The 20,000 seat stadium will be home to Minnesota United F.C. of the Major League Soccer. Allianz Field features a 90,000 square-foot PTFE fabric wrapping the entire stadium, making it a one of a kind jewel. The design called for the use of a new PTFE fabric developed by St. Gobain consisting of woven fiberglass yarns covered in a clear PTFE laminate, marketed as Illuminate 28.

Fabritec was brought on to the project as a design-assist partner before the structural design was finalized. This arrangement allowed Fabritec to work hand-in-hand with the remainder of the design team to design and detail the exterior skin in an aesthetically pleasing, structurally sound, and cost-effective solution. The Fabritec team brought their immense experience to the project, collaborating with the entire team aimed at finding solutions in the best interest of the project. Positive collaboration between the structural engineer of record and the fabric designer/installer is critical to having a successful project outcome. The result is a truly world-class stadium featuring the first large-scale installation of Illuminate 28.

We look forward to the opportunity to continue working with Fabritec in the future.

Justin Barton, P.E.
Principal

Walter P. Moore and Associates

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