An Oculus mock-up roof was installed on New Atlanta Stadium, being built in Atlanta, to test the exterior roofing and glazing. "It includes metal framing, the support metal panels themselves, a section of glass and will also include a section of the ETFE, (which stands for) the exterior material," according to a report from the stadium. "This allows the many different parties on site to have a chance to see not only the visual component, but also how everything connects."
An Oculus mock-up roof structure was built at the new Atlanta stadium construction site to “essentially test-build the exterior roofing and glazing to verify quality of workmanship, details and aesthetics.” “The mock-up roof structure shows how the various pieces come together and connect on a small scale,” the stadium reported. “It includes metal framing, the support metal panels themselves, a section of glass and will also include a section of the ETFE, (which stands for) the exterior material. This allows the many different parties on site to have a chance to see not only the visual component, but also how everything connects.” Bill Darden, president of Darden & Co., said the mock-up has gone together as expected and achieved the look everyone had envisioned. “It benefits everyone,” Darden said in a statement. “It helps the architects see what they conceived and what it looks like. The contractor benefits from how it comes together (is assembled). The Falcons organization gets to see the result and how it will look. It benefits us all equally.”
According to the stadium, construction will occur over a three-year period and will create approximately 4,500 jobs while generating more than $400 million in total statewide economic impact, including more than $160 million in personal income. Once open, the stadium reported it is expected to continue to host events currently held in the Georgia Dome, such as the SEC Championship, Chick fil-A Bowl, Chick fil-A Kickoff, BOA Classic and NCAA Men’s Final Four, which collectively generate more than $130 million in economic impact to the city. Additionally, the new stadium hopes to attract new events to the city, including a potential Super Bowl, FIFA World Cup and College Football Playoff National Championship. The stadium is slated to open in 2017.