Winning with teamwork

Building Design + Construction, October 2020

“Chase Center, home to the Golden State Warriors professional basketball team, exemplifies the centrality of technology, sustainability, community involvement, and building team coordination in the design, engineering, and construction of a modern-day sports venue.

The centerpiece of this 2-million-sf complex, located on 11 acres in San Francisco’s Mission Bay district, is an arena with a flexible seating bowl that can accommodate 18,000 Warriors fans or scale down to a 5,000-seat theater. The complex also includes two office buildings, publicly accessible plazas, a broadcast studio, over 20 retail locations, and a 925-slot below-grade parking structure. The complex is programmed to host over 200 entertainment events per year. A hotel is under construction on the arena’s north side.

This project required 18 months of preconstruction planning, and more than 100 community meetings. Its construction posed logistical challenges, as the site was hemmed in by the San Francisco Bay to the east, UCSF Medical Center’s academic housing to the west, and active construction sites to the north and south. Some 300,000 cubic yards of soil were excavated from the site, and because the site sits so close to Bay, the Building Team held back groundwater intrusion with the installation of H-pile and CDSM cutoff walls, and 1,700 tiebacks.”

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