Mexico tech firm’s Green geometric


Lourdes Salinas on Coliseum LATAM Image: THREE

Mexico-based THREE Environmental Consulting is a technology-based firm that offers environmental consulting and design services for the construction industry by providing an integrated engineered approach that promotes ecological, economical and social values.

In an exclusive to ‘Coliseum’, Lourdes Salinas, Founder, THREE Environmental Consulting, Mexico, describes in details how computational analyzes starting at the conceptual design stage of the project can reduce capital cost investment and inform design decisions to further reduce operational costs while increasing overall facility sustainability.

Salinas talks about design-smart stadia which can reduce energy consumption and yet keep the luxe quotient high for fans.

THREE Environmental Consulting strives to positively impact the environment and its customers as she stated, “We are convinced that sustainability can be profitable and replicable from a financial and a practical point of view. To achieve this, we closely support diverse processes related to the construction and operation of a building, providing support and quantitative information to our customers, starting at the design process, all the way to the commissioning of the building and the training of construction, marketing and project management personnel, and documenting the process.”

Extreme weather conditions the world over and global warming has become the norm and rapid industrialization and deforestation is to attribute for the same. With Mother Nature flexing her muscle, embracing sustainability practices and developing an aggressive climate action plan is the need of the hour. With the world hitting climate tipping points, it is time for businesses, which includes the stadiums, to go ‘Green’.

Salinas stated that sustainability practices adopted by venues can work to their advantage. Stadia are convergence point of people from all walks of life and it helps in social development and gives a leg-up to tourism prospects of the City where it sits. Keeping these aspects in mind, venues should leave zero carbon footprints.

Sustainable stadium features:

  • It should be centrally located;
  • Multiuse facility;
  • Easily accessible;
  • Saving on water and energy; and
  • Streamlining waste disposal method.

Added Salinas, “Sustainability should be at the core of any stadium project and saving water, recycling and wastage disposal system should take high precedence. By adopting sustainability initiatives, any venue project cost can come down and will also help to lure investors. So also, by designing smart and sustainable stadia, the design costs can be brought down. Though in a stadium project, the damage can be huge when the design stage comes as one has to hire specialists for the purpose. Nevertheless, by adopting holistic sustainable design, the cost involved in the design stage can be brought down.”

Geometric optimization

Geometric optimization depends on the shape of the facility – whether it is round or elliptical. The different service areas of the stadium should be well located and enough sunlight should fall on them.

Façade factor

Salinas pointed out that the façade of a stadium matters the most. Depending on the climatic conditions of any place where a stadium comes up, the façade should be so constructed – “If a venue comes up in a place, where the summer is a scorcher, the façade should be well-ventilated. Some façades are translucent. We carry out a detailed study of factors like comfort and temperature. For example, if we go in for a ventilated façade, it is all about finding the right combination of glass and different materials and the engineering firm and the architectural firm involved in a stadium project look into these aspects.”

Environmental certifications

Stadia in the United States are placing huge import on environmental certifications as Salinas shared, “The owners of a stadium with LEED certification stand to gain as well as the people who operate the stadium. The National Football League (NFL) team Atlanta Falcons digs – the 71,000-capacity Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta (US) – boast LEED Platinum certificate to be able to host major acts. So is the 21,000-capacity FTX Arena in Miami (US) – home of the National Basketball Association (NBA) team Miami Heat – which is promoting clean roof technology. These stadia have adopted intelligent business decisions.”

Salinas concluded by stating that if venues start streamlining the whole waste disposal exercise, it will further attract fans and provide them an exalted experience inside the stadium. Energy saving and water saving measures are of equal import.”

THREE Environmental Consulting is playing a very responsible role as far as sustainability measures are concerned. All businesses should embrace sustainability strategy and the stadium business is no exception as the world is sitting on a climate bomb which is fast ticking away.

THREE Environmental Consulting knows the business of operating in an ecological, social and economic environment. It is indeed standing out in the area of sustainability.

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