502-ft Diameter Laminated-Timber Dome Provides Fast, Low-Cost Cover for Arizona Stadium

by Marshall R. Turner, Pres.; Western Wood Structures, Inc., Portland, Ore.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 8, Pg. 69-72

Document Type: Feature article


Varex Dome, a 502-ft diameter engineering marveel of glue laminated timber, was built in record six months erection time. This dome shell structure forms both walls and roof for the new $8,300,000 Northern Arizona University multipurpose stadium, to be completed in September. Careful architectural planning provided the unversity with substantial enclosed floor space for a bargain basement price. Additional future savings will be realized from advanced thermal design, which keeps energy consumption very low.

Subject Headings: Laminated materials | Domes (structure) | Benefit cost ratios | Stadiums and sport facilities | Arizona | United States

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