Football fans have more than just the 53rd Super Bowl to look forward to in Atlanta—the city will soon be home to the NFL’s first-ever LEED Platinum sports stadium. Designed by architecture firm HOK, the under-construction Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a multipurpose stadium that will be powered by solar energy and capture rainwater for reuse. The world-class venue is the first major U.S. football facility to pursue LEED v4 credits and is expected to save more than 40% in energy usage as compared to a typical stadium design.
Located at the top of the Proctor Creek Watershed, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) makes water conservation and management a core focus of its design. The development is expected to achieve all LEED Platinum water credits—the first for any sports facility—by capturing rainwater for reuse in the cooling tower and in irrigation of the landscape and trees maintained by Trees Atlanta; installing waterless urinals throughout the building; conserving water wherever possible; and slowly releasing captured stormwater runoff. The MBS will be 42 percent more water efficient than the Georgia Dome, the facility that the new stadium will replace.
MBS’ energy usage will be dramatically reduced thanks to solar panels, LED lighting, energy monitoring equipment, and ample energy-efficient glazing that lets in abundant natural light to reduce reliance on artificial lighting. The stadium’s retractable roof also helps bring in natural light and ventilation. Football fans will also be delighted to learn that MBS will be integrated with alternative transportation options to driving. Three MARTA rail line stations are located less than a mile’s walk from the stadium, which is also connected to the Atlanta Bike Trail network and pedestrian-friendly walking paths. There will also be secure bicycle valet offered during the games. The stadium is expected to be complete by summer 2017.