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Corpus Christi Bayfront Arena


The Corpus Christi Bayfront Arena in Corpus Christi, TX, utilizes 53,000 sq. ft. of CF36A polyurethane foam insulated panels installed in both horizontal and vertical directions. Manufactured by Lewisville, TX-based Metl-Span, the 2”-thick panels feature a Bright Silver Duranar paint finish, lending to the striking appearance of the 150,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility.

Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates of Atlanta, GA, designed the facility and was involved in the development of a master plan for the city’s waterfront area that called for the construction of the new arena, the expansion of the adjoining convention center and the creation of a pedestrian esplanade.

The design of the 10,000-seat arena included a unique blend of horizontal and vertically oriented panels that sloped in and out on the west elevation. Handling the installation was The Engineered Metals Company, Fair Oaks, TX.

“The west wall required a K-frame type of structure to accommodate the sloped band,” said The Engineered Metals Company’s Dave Stone. “Installation was a challenge due to the sloping and the fact we were 95’ in the air and working through a Gulf Coast summer.”

The building was designed for hurricane wind loads and required significant structural steel framing, which The Engineered Metal Company also provided.

The general contractor on the project was Fulton-CoastCon Construction of Corpus Christi.

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