Henderson Engineers Venue Practice Director/Senior Vice President Kevin Lewis was highlighted by Mondo | Stadia Magazine – a leading international publication for technology in sporting venues – on SoFi Stadium, the extraordinary home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers in Inglewood, California, that is set to open with the 2020 NFL season.

Lewis emphasized that, “The project was a collaborative experience from the word go. Henderson played a significant role by making sure the building was constructed in accordance with the documentation. Given the quantity and quality of the premium spaces, it took significant coordination to make all systems work seamlessly with the architecture, creating a one-of-a-kind fan experience.”

He also noted that as engineer-of-record for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire sprinkler, telecom, security, and audio-video systems, Henderson played a substantial role in the entitlement process and the early planning phases. Given that this is the largest sports project in history and located on a site with a long history itself, as well as being in close proximity to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – one of the busiest airports in the world – there were significant engineering challenges which needed to be navigated early in the project. While the design was extensive, so was the construction.

The Henderson team was involved in the modeling process and coordinating different pathway options to avoid the mechanically stabilized earth structure, while still abiding by the codes and standards related to number of bends in a telecommunications cable, pulling tension, and conduit capacity.

One of the most unique elements of the stadium included the passively ventilated seating bowl.

“The location of the stadium allowed the design team to take advantage of the consistent climate, saving energy and creating a fan-friendly environment,” Lewis explained. “While the stadium bowl has the EFTE roof canopy, it is not enclosed, and is considered an outdoor stadium. Henderson worked with HKS and RWDI to analyze the environmental conditions and architecture to create a bowl that takes advantage of natural winds helping to ventilate the stadium.”

For Henderson Engineers and Henderson Building Solutions, game day is more than a day. It’s an experience — the crowd, the food, great seats, video boards, and the thrill of the perfect play. Underneath these elements, we’re delivering innovative designs that account for the behind-the-scenes details that matter to both fans and athletes alike. It’s why the NFL, NBA, MLB, MiLB, MLS, and NCAA have all trusted our sports practice team to design their stadiums, arenas, ballparks, and practice facilities. Whether it’s large-scale new construction, renovations, additions, or master planning, we’re ready to team up with you.

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