On the Texas Fast Track

by Tor Amble, (A.M.ASCE), Staff Geotechnical Engineer; Terra-Mar, Inc., Fort Worth, TX,
Marc T. Miller, (A.M.ASCE), Staff Geotechnical Engineer; Terra-Mar, Inc., Fort Worth, TX,
Scott M. Pettit, P.E., (M.ASCE), Vice President; Terra-Mar, Inc., Fort Worth, TX,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 1, Pg. 55-57

Document Type: Feature article

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Abstract: When Texans do something, they do it big, and they do it fast. So it comes as no surprise that the second largest sports facility in the U.S., Texas International Raceway, is currently nearing completion north of Fort Worth, Tex. Construction is on an accelerated schedule that will finish the project in less than 20 months from its inception. The 950 acre project site, with its swelling clay soils and rolling topography, challenged the design team. The project geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, and architects crafted a functional, economical design that will meet the needs of the owners and auto-racing fans for many years. The $100 million facility will initially have a permanent seating capacity of 150,061, and a total spectator capacity, including infield parking and standing room, of more than 203,000. The configuration of the raceway is such that permanent seating may be expanded to over 250,000 in the future.

Subject Headings: Clays | Economic factors | Fast track construction | Recreational buildings | Texas |

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