When Ender Inciarte swung for the fences earning the first home run at SunTrust Park at this year’s home opener on April 14th, he wasn’t just aiming at the brand new fences, but some state-of-the-art railings as well. That’s because the Atlanta Braves’ new SunTrust Park features more than 7 miles of decorative railing provided by SC Railing Company, a national leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of ornamental railing systems for commercial building applications.
The new stadium, located less than 20 miles from the team’s prior home, the renowned Turner Field in downtown Atlanta, has as many linear feet of railings as it does seats for its fans (41,000).
Designed with southern hospitality in mind, the facility has plenty of space for social interaction, offering approximately 3,300 feet of “drink rail” that enables patrons to securely store their ballpark concessions while congregating in full view of the field. Additionally, its dining facilities, including the Delta Club Bar and Chop House, as well areas above (“Top of the Chop”) and beneath (“Below the Chop”), all feature decorative and practical railings that maintain the proper mix of décor and safety.
“Providing practical, yet aesthetically pleasing railing is essential.” noted Dan Stachel, VP of SC Railing Company. “Because safety and stability are crucial properties of the railings at facilities like SunTrust, every single railing and mounting throughout the facility needs to be strategically designed, developed and deployed with form and function in mind.”
For example, Stachel pointed out that SunTrust features roughly 5,500 linear feet of ½-inch clear tempered laminated glass with SGP interlayer, which was selected for its unique combination of brilliance and stability.
Inside the Delta Club Bar and Home Plate Pub, visitors are treated to a more delicate railing comprised of a blackened steel frame with decorative bronze cable infill. Additional touches of class can be found throughout the stadium’s railing systems, such as the LED-lit handrails on the Chop House bridge and mezzanine.
In the upper and lower bowl seating areas, box suites and upper-level vomitories, nearly 20,000 linear feet of aluminum vertical picket and track railing affords patrons a view of the field without compromising safety. With few exceptions, railings are attached securely to the stadium walls or floors using Hilti Hit-Z Rods with HY-200 epoxy or weld studs to embeds or metal pans.
If “sturdy” and “strong” can describe the players as well as the railings in their new stadium, the Braves will need to make room for a new pennant to add to the SunTrust Décor. SC Railing wishes them luck and hopes the fans can grab onto some great new memories that will last for decades to come.
SC Railing was proud to work with Populous and American Builders 2017, a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow and New South Construction to provide railing for SunTrust Park. Glass panels were provided by Oldcastle.
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