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Houston soccer stadium using polycarbonate sheet

Sabic Innovative Plastics : 03 January, 2013  (Application Story)
When Houston's new BBVA Compass Stadium opened this year, Houston Dynamo fans were welcomed with a brilliant display of the soccer team's distinctive orange brand featured on enclosed entrances with a vibrant shade of Lexan Thermoclick sheet from Sabic’s Innovative Plastics business.

This new, state-of-the-art, open-air stadium is the first US stadium to utilise polycarbonate (PC) Lexan Thermoclick sheet product for its enclosed entrance façade. Enhanced design freedom and a brilliant orange colour provided by Sabic’s 50mm Thermoclick sheet made a major contribution to the unique style of the new urban stadium, which reflects the industrial heritage of its East Downtown location and the Dynamo brand.

The material’s nine-wall configuration delivers a high level of thermal insulation for energy savings, and the 1000mm wide panels - twice the width of traditional panels - reduced installation time and labour to support tight construction budgets.

“We are very pleased to announce the latest expansion in the use of Lexan sheet products, which have been chosen to create large and dramatic architectural glazing, roofing and façades in stadiums and arenas around the world,” said Sandeep Dhawan, general manager Americas, Specialty Film & Sheet, Sabic’s Innovative Plastics. “With the global spotlight on sustainability, Lexan Thermoclick sheets perform in a wide range of climates and conditions, helping improve energy conservation in large structures like stadiums.”

For the 22,000-seat BBVA Compass stadium, which opened on 12 May 2012, the architectural firm Populus designed an exterior surface composed of geometrically expanded metal mesh and orange Lexan Thermoclick sheet cladding. AmeriLux International LLC, Sabics authorised distributor in the United States, provided the 1000 mm wide panels for use in the façade system which was designed and engineered by Duo-Gard Industries, of Canton, Mich.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to share this exceptional Sabic product with the US architectural community,” said, Kurt Voss, chief executive officer, AmeriLux International LLC. “Lexan Thermoclick sheet has already sparked the interest of architects and designers all over the world and as demonstrated in the Houston stadium, it has great potential to be further utilised in the vast US building and construction market.”

Lexan Thermoclick sheet in 50mm thickness provides the signature high impact resistance of Lexan resin for safety, ultraviolet (UV) protection on the outer surface for weatherability, and good light transmission for a pleasant ambiance. This solution offers a U-value of 1.0W/m2K for thermal insulation, leading to energy savings by reducing power consumption up to 17% vs. traditional high-return, double-pane glass glazing.

With a specially designed V-joint connection profile, including a groove and smart snap design on both sides, Lexan Thermoclick sheet’s interconnecting configuration eliminates the need for vertical profiles, thereby reducing costs and enhancing aesthetics. Also, this new tongue-and-groove connection design provides high stiffness and low horizontal purling at larger spans.

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