EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ–As the Meadowlands prepares itself for its biggest day in football—Superbowl XLVIII—one thing is for sure—the stadium expansion joints are ready.
In the same way that the Meadowlands ushered in the era of billion dollar stadiums, it also marked a watershed in the structural expansion joint industry. With seismic stadium expansion joints 10-inches (250mm) wide, and a design requirement that they be watertight at the deck surface, through all direction and plane changes, between different deck and wall technologies, and capable of handling rolling point loads in concourses and split-slab conditions on the upper decks, the scope of performance expectations was extraordinary.
With design by 360 Architecture, architectural detailing by Ewing Cole, and structural engineering by Thornton Tomasetti, all working under a design-build arrangement with SKANSKA USA, bridging and sealing these large (10-inch nominal) seismic expansion joints fell to EMSEAL and installer Schnell Contracting Services.
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