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Go Golden Gophers! SMACNA contractor puts finishing touches on new football stadium

May 10, 2013

Go Golden Gophers! SMACNA contractor puts finishing touches on new football stadium

TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
Architect: HOK/Populous, Kansas City, Mo.
Contractor: M.G. McGrath Inc., Maplewood, Minn.

The LEED-Silver certified TCF Stadium sports a horseshoe design.

A new downtown landmark that students fondly call “The Bank” or “The Gopher Hole,” the monumental TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., home of the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers football team, is an extraordinary sports venue.

 

SMACNA contractor M.G. McGrath Inc. of Maplewood, Minn., fabricated and installed the wall panels, column covers, and sub-roof for the outdoor football stadium, a project that involved much planning and careful implementation.

Built on the University of Minnesota’s urban campus in a horseshoe-style design similar to other college stadiums, the 50,000-seat arena has a traditional collegiate look along with an open end that unites the stadium to the city, providing a view of downtown Minneapolis.

M.G. McGrath installed corrugated metal panels and flashing under the stadium seating. Metal wall panels, column covers, and corrugated metal panels on the sub-roof.

Trespa panel partition dividers.

Materials were chosen for their durability, color, and product life cycle.

M.G. McGrath installed 150,000 square feet of 22-gage MG F-seam UC 500-Firestone metal wall panels with associated flashing and trims, 10,000 square feet of Reynobond MG-composite column covers, and 2,500 square feet of Trespa panel partition dividers.

The stadium is the home of the University of Minnesota Gophers. The TCF Bank Stadium scoreboard.

On the sub-roof, McGrath installed 40,000 square feet of Firestone UC-600 corrugated metal panels installed over 16-gage hat channels and 16-gage steel studs with associated gutters and flashing underneath the stadium seating. The materials used were chosen for this project because of their durability, color, and product life cycle.

TCF Bank Stadium was also awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first college or professional football stadium to achieve LEED status.