Titans pick top team for stadium build


Tennessee Titans announces architecture and engineering firms Image: Tennessee Titans and MANICA

The NFL’s Tennessee Titans have picked a strong Architecture and Engineering (A&E) team for the design and build of their new Nissan Stadium.

The stadium project team is made up of 24 firms, including nine local businesses and 13 disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs).

The new Nissan Stadium will be built on the east side of the current stadium campus, along Nashville’s east bank of the Cumberland River.

Features of the building include: a circular translucent roof; exterior porches with panoramic views of Nashville; improved sightlines for all spectators through a range of diverse seating experiences; and a 12,000 square foot community space available for use year-round.

The Tennessee Titans last year received final approval from the Metropolitan Nashville Council to move forward with plans to build the new, enclosed stadium in the city.

The stadium is currently estimated to cover 1.75 million square feet and have a capacity of approximately 60,000.

It is anticipated to bring in year-round events, with aspirations to host Super Bowls, NCAA Final Fours, College Football Playoffs, Wrestlemanias, and more.

Ground-breaking is expected to occur in early-to-mid 2024, with an opening anticipated in 2027. It will set a goal of achieving a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

Adolpho Birch, Titans Senior Vice President and Chief External & League Affairs Officer, said, “The architecture and engineering team’s role is to bring the stadium vision to life and ultimately deliver the construction plans to the construction manager. We are tremendously excited by this A&E team, both for its considerable talent and its strong mix of local and diverse perspectives.”

TVS, announced last year as the stadium’s Architect of Record (AOR), will hold all contracts with the sub-consultants as they work together through the completion of the stadium design and administration of construction activity.

Robert O’Keefe, Principal, TVS, said, “TVS is unbelievably proud to be a part of the formidable team bringing this transformational New Nissan Stadium to life. This project is primed to become the premier destination for some of Nashville’s most exciting sports, entertainment and community events for decades to come.”

The complete design team includes:

TVS – Atlanta, Georgia, Architect of Record (AOR), Interior Design Documentation

Manica – Kansas City, Kansas*, Lead Design Architect

Community Solutions by Design – Nashville, Tennessee*, Architectural Associate, Interiors, Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E), Façade, waterproofing and window wall consultant

Culture Architecture and Design – Nashville, Tennessee*, Architectural Associate, Interiors and FF&E

Downstream – Portland, Oregon, Branding and theming, experiential graphics and wayfinding signage

DFH Services – Nashville, Tennessee*, Plumbing­ Engineering

Ed Roether – Louisburg, Kansas*, ADA

EOA Architects – Nashville, Tennessee*, Architectural Associate, Interiors and FF&E

EP Atelier – Los Angeles, California*, Interior Design Consulting

Hawkins Partners – Nashville, Tennessee*, Landscape Architecture

HLB Lighting Design – Miami, Florida*, Specialty Lighting

Howe Engineers – Norwell, Massachusetts*, Code and Life Safety

Lloyd – Tempe, Arizona, Stadium Field Consulting

Logan Patri Engineering – Nashville, Tennessee*, Structural Engineering

McCoy Design – Nashville, Tennessee*, Wayfinding Signage

ME Engineers – Golden, Colorado, Telecom Infrastructure, Converged Network/IT Systems, Security Systems, Distributed Antenna Systems

Momentum Transport Consultancy – London, United Kingdom, Spectator Movement (Legion Model)

Persohn Hahn – Tomball, Texas, Vertical Transportation

RaganSmith – Nashville, Tennessee, Civil Engineering

S2O – Chicago, Illinois*, Food Service Facility Design

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger – Washington, D.C., Building Enclosure Consultant

Smith Seckman Reid – Nashville, Tennessee, MEP-FP Engineering, Sustainability, LEED

Walter P Moore – Kansas City, Missouri, Structural Engineering, Parking Specialist, Secure Design/Blast, Enclosure Engineering for ETFE Roof

WJHW – Carrollton, Texas, AV, LED, Broadcast, Sound, General Acoustics, and Noise Control

*Designates that firm holds a DBE certification

A waitlist for those interested in PSLs for the new stadium is now open at NewNissanStadium.com.

Brad Slayden, Vice President, RaganSmith said, “25 years ago, we watched from our East Nashville office as the cranes erected the stadium that the Tennessee Titans would call home. This organization forever shaped the Nashville we know today. RaganSmith is honored to partner with the Titans as they write the next exciting chapter, reflecting the evolution of this great city. Mark this day as a historic step forward for our community, our city, our home.”

Jonathan Clark, CEO, Community Solutions by Design, said, “As a growing locally minority-owned design firm, we are absolutely honored to join forces with both TVS and the Titans in crafting the new Nashville stadium. This monumental project not only enriches our city’s landscape, but also symbolizes a profound commitment to diversity, forging a legacy of inclusion and innovation for our community.”

Kevin Devore, Principal and Wireless Technology Director, ME Engineers, sai, “ME Engineers is honored to provide technology design services for the new Tennessee Titans stadium, including telecom infrastructure, security systems, converged network and wireless (DAS and Wi-Fi). Our team, along with other key stakeholders, will help guide and execute a technology vision for the Titans new home that will streamline venue operations and provide a world-class fan experience for generations.”

Kevin Graham, Principal, Smith Seckman Reid, said, “SSR is excited to partner with Metro Nashville and the Tennessee Titans, along with MANICA and TVS Design, to deliver an iconic stadium that will help to transform the East Bank district and enhance our overall community.

“At SSR, our passion for the design of sports facilities is rooted in the creation of a sense of PLACE. Knowing that you have a small part in creating a PLACE and environment that did not exist before, where so many lives will be impacted, is very special to me. When that PLACE is right here in our backyard, it just means that much more. Watching that music concert with friends, cheering the Titans each time they take the field, or the excitement of the entire city of Nashville when the Lombardi Trophy is hoisted after the Super Bowl are lifelong memories that will play out within the backdrop of the New Nissan Stadium. SSR is very thankful to be part of the talented team that will create this special PLACE for the city of Nashville to enjoy and remember for generations to come.”

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