Architecture & Engineering Graphics Career Pathway students on the ‘Front Porch’ at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
On Thursday, November 2, 2017, 74 of Etowah High School’s Architecture and Engineering Graphics Career Pathway students experienced a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The tour was customized and facilitated by Mr. Brett Whitfield, Account Executive of Group Tours for Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Atlanta Falcons Football Club.
The tour began on the ‘Front Porch’, outdoor fan gathering plaza, where students studied the exterior architectural design, the Ring of Honor, and the World’s Largest Falcon Statue. The tour continued into the interior of the structure and up to the 300-level where students examined the 100 Yard Club concourse before exploring the interior design of an 80-person VIP Suite.
On the 200-level concourse, students interacted with the 21st-century technology integrated throughout the AT&T Perch before descending onto the 100 level concourse to view the GHSA Helmet Wall. The tour then continued down to the lowest level of the stadium, Field Level, where students experienced the interior of the Atlanta United Soccer Team’s locker room, Delta Sky360 Lounge, and The SunTrust Club.
The Field Level portion of the tour culminated with an opportunity to walk the field and see the grounds crew striping the turf for a future game.
Etowah Junior, Emma Keene, said “learning about the architectural aspects of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium was fun and interesting. I am looking forward to incorporating what I have learned into my future designs.”
The tour ended with guest speakers Mr. Brian Wright, CMMS & Safety Compliance Coordinator, and Ms. Shara Mitchell, Manager of Bookings and Event Contracts, who each discussed the building’s design, construction, continuous maintenance and improvement, and the many careers affiliated with operating Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Following the tour, Etowah High School Sophomore, Ryan Raugh said, “visiting the stadium was truly an amazing experience, and I’m very glad I was able to participate. The engineering and architecture aspects of the building truly makes the importance of those careers shine. The stadium tour has helped further my interest in Structural Engineering.”
After the tour, Architecture and Engineering Graphics Instructor, Brandon Grummer, said “we appreciate Mr. Wright and Ms. Mitchell lending their valuable time to speak to our students. Their professional insight will influence our students to further investigate the many careers in the fields of both Architecture and Engineering.”
Mr. Brandon Grummer
Instructor, Architecture and Engineering Graphics