1983 Ackermann und Partner, a German architectural company, built an exquisite light-weight tensile structure spanning 100 meters in length. The structure was finished in 1983. It took only four years to build this world-class sports complex which is now home to many events including the World Athletics Championships (1993).
In addition to its role as a sporting arena, Olympiapark has also become a popular concert venue and exhibition space. Famous musicians have played here including David Bowie, U2, Queen, Paul McCartney, and Roger Waters from Pink Floyd.
The complex consists of two parts: the main stadium and the surrounding sports facilities. The main stadium can hold 70,000 people and is used for international football matches and major events such as the World Athletics Championships and European Athletics Championships. The other part includes three smaller stadiums that can hold between 10,000 and 20,000 people each - these are used for national football games and youth tournaments.
Olympiapark is located near Berlin's city center and is easily accessible by public transportation. Its location next to several parks and forest preserves makes it a wonderful place to visit any time of year. In winter, there are plenty of activities available at the nearby Olympic Sports Centers for ice skating, skiing, and more.
1983 This structure's construction began in 1983 and was finished in 1987. It is one of five new Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers built during that time period. The other four are in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Louisville, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee; and San Diego, California.
Minneapolis' medical center is part of a major expansion plan for the VA system as a whole. In addition, the city of Minneapolis has been awarded a $150 million grant from Congress to renovate and expand the current medical center into a state-of-the-art facility. If all goes according to plan, the new hospital should be complete by 2014.
The current Minneapolis VA Medical Center was built after Congressional legislation passed in 1973 allowed for the construction of additional facilities to serve active duty military members and their families. Previously, military personnel could only receive care at federal hospitals back in their home communities or in large metropolitan areas where there were no available beds. Now they can receive care anywhere in the country that a veteran is stationed.
Minneapolis was one of eight cities chosen to participate in this new initiative, which was called the Post 9/11 Veterans Health Care Act.
The stadium exemplifies Otto's innovative use of tensile and membrane architecture. Instead of a traditional opaque roof, he created a translucent canopy out of steel wire and acrylic panels. Steel cables were strung 436 kilometers between 58 cast-steel pylons, which held 8,000 Plexiglas panels. The entire structure was designed to be transparent so that it would not obstruct views of the sky or city lights beyond.
Otto Kahn was a German-American architect who practiced in Chicago from 1892 until his death in 1950. He is best known for designing the Art Institute of Chicago, now a world-class museum, when he was only 30 years old. The Olympic Stadium is considered his most important work.
The stadium was intended to be used for both sports and music events, like the Summer Olympics of 1936. It was also planned to host NFL games and American football matches. But due to its large size and lack of financial support, it was never completed. The last game played there was an American football match on September 3rd, 2000, when the St. Louis Rams defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24-7.
Since then, the stadium has been converted into a venue for entertainment events such as concerts and sporting events such as auto races. It is currently used by soccer team FC Barcelona and ice hockey team HC Davos.
Rossetti Architects designed the roof, and WSP Global engineered its structure. The roof's mechanization system was created by Geiger Engineers. Hardesty & Hanover was the Engineer of Record for the mechanization system, working in collaboration with Morgan Engineering. AECOM served as the Architectural Consultant.
Ashe Stadium is the home of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. It is located on the campus of the USTA National Training Center in Queens, New York. The stadium opened on November 10, 1970. The first match played at the new facility was a men's singles final between top seed Guillermo Vilas and eighth-seeded Jimmy Connors. Vilas won in three sets to claim his first of four consecutive Australian Open titles.
Ashe was known for his use of technology and innovation to improve tennis. He was one of the first players to use a synthetic string on his serve and forehand. He also used a robotic coach to help him with her fitness and training routines. In addition, he had a radio transmitter attached to his waist that transmitted his movement instructions to the coach during matches so she could repeat them in his headset.
Arthur Ashe Stadium has been recognized as an American Treasure by both the National Park Service and the Department of Interior. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.