Box 18, Folder 12, Document 34

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HEERY AND HEERY· FINCH. ALEXANDER. BARl\TES. ROTHSCHILD.AND PASCHAL
Suite
Associated Architects
700
West Peachtree Stree t. NE.
A tlanta. Geo rgia .J0.J09
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April 10, 1967
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
Re:
Atlanta Stadium Dome
Dear Ivan:
As you requested, we have over the past few months made an
extensive study of the possibilities for a removable roof
for Atl a nta Stadium.
Working with Birdair Structures, Inc., we have now developed
a design for an air-supported "umbrella" roof dome that
Birdair believes can be put up or taken down in only three
hours.
This roof would be lifted into place by a 300-ft. hi g h
telescoping mast in the center of the field, which would
then retract into a missile-type "silo," leaving the stadium
covered and ready for use. We submit herewith slides and
drawings illustrating the system.
Rough pre liminary estimates indica te that the r oof system
and mast, i ncluding the air-support e quipme nt and a ventilation system , would probably cost between $1½ and $2
million. However, the present field lighting system would
have to be modified, thereby making the total cost of the
roof, its support systems, lighting modifications, and
other work on portal vestibules , etc., possibly as hi gh
as $4 or $5 million. However, a side benefit of t he lighting modifications could be t he raising of li ght levels to
new requirement s for night color television for footbal l .
As you will recall, all other types of dome structures and
mechanical systems proposed in the past have been estimated
at $15 to $18 million.
�HEERY AND HEERY· Fli'JCH. ALEXANDER, BARNES. ROTHSCHILD.AND PASCHAL
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr .
April 10, 1967
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This new approach would not only be less objectionable aesthetically, but could be utilized as a permanent-type roof,
should the Authority subsequently find it desirable to
install a heating a nd air conditioning system and plan to
leave the roof in place for extended periods of time or
permanently. The probable cost for a heating and air conditioning system for the stadium would run between $5 and
$6 million, which would still give Atlanta a far better
barga in than the Houston stadium, which cost some $38 million and is substantially smaller in both seating capacity
and dimension than the Atlanta Stadium .
We believe that this design may be an answer to your desire
to assure f a ns traveling to Atlanta Stadium from cities
throughout the Southeast that scheduled events will be
played on the scheduled dates.
Sincerely yours ,
HEERY AND HEERY - FI NCH ALEXANDER BARNES ROTHSCHILD & PASCHAL
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