Kansas City-based 360 Architecture has been selected to negotiate a deal to design a retractable-roof stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, a $1 billion facility that attracted proposals from throughout the country.
“We are the apparent winner,” Bill Johnson of 360, the principal designer for the planned stadium, said Friday.
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The announcement regarding 360 Architecture was made by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, the agency that runs the Georgia Dome, the current home of the Falcons.
“The authority and Atlanta Falcons will now begin the process of negotiating a contract with the firm,” according to a statement posted on the Georgia World Congress website. “The final agreement is subject to GWCCA Board approval.”
The proposal from 360 Architecture was among five finalists for the project that also included Kansas City-based Populous. The three other firms interviewed were Philadelphia-based EwingCole of Philadelphia, HKS of Dallas and TVSdesign, an Atlanta partnership.
Besides being a home for the Falcons, the Atlanta stadium will be used for other sports, conventions and entertainment events. The 68,000-seat stadium may be expandable up to 80,000 seats for major events such as the Super Bowl.
The stadium is expected to be completed in time for the Falcons’ 2017 season. After it opens, the nearby Georgia Dome will be demolished. The Georgia Dome opened in 1992 and most recently was host for the men’s Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
The new Falcons stadium is being assisted with $200 million in public financing recently approved by Invest Atlanta, a city development agency. The rest of the cost is expected to be paid by Arthur Blank, the owner of the Falcons.
This is not Johnson’s first major project in Atlanta. While at Ellerbe Becket, he helped design the stadium for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics that is now Turner Field.
He also was on the 360 Architecture team that designed the $1.6 billion Meadowlands NFL stadium, which is home to the New York Giants and New York Jets. That 82,500-seat stadium opened in 2010.