The New England Patriots were in need of a new Pro Shop facility to compliment Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Tight timelines and confined working conditions were among several obstacles overcoming the project. With all these parameters it was clear that Signature Structures LLC was the only choice.
The Kraft Group entered into a contract with Signature to engineer, fabricate and install a 12,000 sq. ft. custom-designed structure. With aesthetics playing a major role in the overall design, it was extremely important that the building takes on the appearance of the existing infrastructure. The solution was to incorporate the many aspects of traditional construction into the fabric structure. The inclusions of steel sidewalls, a brick facade, storefront glass, and custom signage required the integration of specialty side walls. The end result is a building that fits seamlessly into the overall design, an important detail for professional teams and universities.
The 80 x 150 structure with 20 interior sidewalls was engineered to meet harsh elements of the Northeast. Box steel and 28 ounces PVC membrane ensured compliance with the demanding requirements of a 50 lb snow-load and 100 mph wind-load. Signature designed the foundation to support a custom vertical I-beam truss system that eliminated the need for cables and horizontal purlins, creating a completely unobstructed view. Because it was important that the foundation for the ancillary buildings tie into fabric structure foundation, Signature was also contracted to design the ancillary building foundation. An Interior Liner System complete with R-31 insulation fulfilled the strict Massachusetts Energy Code and an HVAC System ensured an energy-efficient, climate-controlled environment. It is evident that the Patriots structure represents the finest in fabric structure technology.