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Superdome Getting a Bright New Look: Bronze is Back on Outer Walls

The Louisiana Superdome, the most recognizable landmark in the state-is getting a new look.

Shiny new bronze hued aluminum panels are replacing the original exterior skin all around the sides of the big structure. Work on Installing the 16,000 panels began in February 2009 and is expected to take approximately 14 months to complete. Some 400,000 sq. ft. of aluminum that was specifically researched, developed, tested and manufactured for the Superdome project.

The custom anodized light bronze panels will restore the original color of the Superdome, now featuring a fade-proof finish.

The panels measure1 ft. by 25-ft., and weigh approximately 27.5 lbs each. They were fabricated at Gibbs Construction in Harahan, LA, the general contractor. The 220 tons of aluminum was processed by Ryerson Metals of St. Rose, LA.

The outer wall will feature an innovative new barrier wall system that will improve the Dome's insulation, resulting in energy savings, while restoring the brilliance of the iconic structure. The ‘Rainscreen' approach is based upon two separate and distinct barriers, or leafs, on the exterior building wall. The .05-in. outer leaf sheds and controls most of the rain water, allowing some penetration through open joinery.

The inner leaf performs the multiple functions of 1) final moisture barrier; 2) air/vapor barrier; 3) insulation; 4) existing building structural wall. It will be sprayed with 60,000 gallons of yellow Polyurethane Foam Insulation that will in turn be treated with a black waterproof Polyurea coating.

Trahan Architects of Baton Rouge, LA is the managing firm of a three firm joint venture team that includes Billes Architecture of New Orleans and Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects, also of New Orleans.

The all-Louisiana team of contractors, includes Gibbs; Ryerson; Crane & Sons, Inc., Angie, LA, metal panel installer; Baudier Mechanical, Chalmette, LA, HVAC; Boes Iron Works, New Orleans, LA, structural steel; HTE Contractors, New Orleans, electrical; ThyssenKrupp Safway, Inc., a German-based company with a plant in Luling, LA, scaffold system;

For more information Contact:
Bill Curl
Coordinator of Media Relations
Louisiana Superdome/New Orleans Arena
Office: 504-587-3921

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