Largest and Lightest Fabric Roof to Date

by David H. Geiger, (M.ASCE), Partner; Geiger Berger Assocs., P.C., New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 11, Pg. 82-86

Document Type: Feature article


A dome concept that could change roof design throughout the world is being used on the new Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium in Michigan. The roof is a cable restrained air supported fiberglass fabric that covers 430,000 sq ft (40,000 sq m) or 10 acres. The stadium was completed nine months ahead of schedule mainly because of (1) the roofing material and design, (2) a tight workable construction management method, and (3) an accelerated erection through advanced techniques such as helicopter assisted installation of the restraining cables.

Subject Headings: Cables | Roofs | Stadiums and sport facilities | Management methods | Fabrics | Construction methods | Construction materials

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