Lucas Oil Stadium Retractable Roof to Close for the First Time in Indianapolis Today

Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:37pm EDT

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Lucas Oil Stadium Retractable Roof to Close for the First Time in Indianapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- This afternoon, the Lucas Oil
Stadium retractable roof in Indianapolis will close for the first time,
according to Bart Riberich, president of Uni-Systems, the firm installing the
roof drive systems. The retractable roof was constructed in the open position,
and earlier this week the west roof panel was driven 150 feet up the 13-degree
slope for the first time. This afternoon, the Uni-Systems team will move the
east panel into place, and the entire roof will be in the closed position. The
firm is also putting the finishing touches on the 88-foot-tall glass-clad
operable end-zone walls, which will be the tallest of their kind in the world.
When completed later this year, the stadium will house the 2006 Super Bowl
champions, the Indianapolis Colts.
    Uni-Systems had previously engineered and installed the first NFL stadium
retractable roof drive systems in the United States at Reliant Stadium, home
of the Houston Texans, as well as at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of
the Arizona Cardinals and the 2008 Super Bowl. Uni-Systems is also currently
working on the retractable roof and operable end-zone walls for the new
Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. But, said Riberich, the roof at Lucas Oil
Stadium will be the first to use more than two parallel rails to operate the
roof. Riberich said the unique design will allow a larger opening in the roof.
    Five parallel rails support twenty wheels on each of two 600-foot-wide
retractable roof panels at the Indianapolis Colts facility. Each rail is
supported by a steel truss that spans the width of the stadium. The panels,
which are operated using a computerized control system designed by
Uni-Systems, are nearly silent from the stands as they move along the rails.
    Uni-Systems, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a highly regarded firm that
specializes in kinetic architecture and integrating motion into large
structures. Uni-Systems has provided roof and wall mechanization at the
Houston Astros' Minute Maid Park, and the wall mechanization at the Milwaukee
Brewers' Miller Park. Additional recent projects include the design and
installation of patented Uni-Docks and platforms, which provide simultaneous
access to airplane structures at American Airlines and Boeing Commercial
Airplane Group.
    Lucas Oil Stadium is owned by the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building
Authority.  Hunt Construction is the construction manager for the project.
HKS Architects of Dallas, Texas designed the stadium and Walter P. Moore of
Houston, Texas is the Engineer of Record for the roof structure.
    For more information, contact Beth Frampton at 763-536-1407 or visit the
Uni-Systems website at
SOURCE  Uni-Systems

Beth Frampton of Uni-Systems, +1-763-536-1407
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