New stadium scores big with CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panels
- Project Lucas Oil Stadium
- Location Indianapolis, Indiana
- Type of Precast CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panels
- CarbonCast Surface Area 392,731 sq. ft.
- Architect HKS
- Contractor Hunt Construction Group and Smoot Construction
- Precaster HIgh Concrete Group LLC
Over the last couple of years, the Indianapolis Colts have been one of the most exciting teams in the NFL. Starting in 2009, the team began playing in a new, retractable roof stadium with a precast exterior that complements their innovative on-field style.
The $675 million Lucas Oil Stadium features an insulated, brick-inlay architectural facade with CarbonCast® High Performance Insulated Wall Panels provided by AltusGroup members Gate Precast and High Concrete Group LLC. The project required nearly 400,000 sq. ft. of limestone-finished architectural precast featuring blasted accents and embedded brick.
With C-GRID® shear grid reinforcement connecting the interior and exterior concrete wythes, the 8” thick 3-2-3 CarbonCast Insulated Wall Panels maximize energy efficiency and reduce the possibility of condensation and mold. Because the carbon fiber shear trusses used to connect the panel wythes, through the two inches of insulation, have relatively low thermal conductivity, the panels provide an even insulation profile. They do not have problems with hot spots or cold spots that can plague other wythe connection options.
The system’s rapid installation does not compromise its clean lines and exacting detail, so construction time and cost savings were realized compared to field labor alternatives. Additionally, the prestressed panels permit longer spans—another cost-saving aspect of the system because it reduces erection time and labor costs.
CarbonCast Insulated Wall Panels also install quickly and require only minimal space on the job site during erection.
Vertical panels are available for both load-bearing and non-structural applications and can be manufactured in thicknesses of 7″ to 12″, with widths up to 15′ and heights of 50′ or more. Horizontally-installed non-load-bearing panels are also available in thicknesses of 6″ to 12″, widths of up to 15′ and lengths of up to 40′.
Like conventional precast wall panels, CarbonCast Insulated Wall Panels can accommodate a variety of finishes and articulations, including sand blasting, reveals, bullnoses, cornices, thin brick, medallion insets and many more to meet aesthetic needs.