Elite Team Delivers World-Class Equestrian Center
The WestWorld Equidome renovation doubled the size of the Scottsdale, Arizona equestrian center, transforming it into one of North America’s premier special events complexes that has been enhanced by the addition of significant additional multi-use space and total climate-control abilities.
Named after former City Council member, Tony Nelssen, WestWorld of Scottsdale originally opened in 1987. The Balfour Beatty project team renovated the existing 100,000-square-foot Equidome Center and added a 152,000-square-foot expansion connected to the Equidome, complete with a number of modern upgrades and facilities. Renovations also included landscaping and exterior improvements to the facility.
The expansion component also included a number of additions such as party suites, foodservice facilities, a new enclosed Paddock staging area, a warm-up arena, new restrooms, 3,400 retractable seats, three interior VIP suites surrounding the equestrian area, and an east vestibule with improved flooring and a covered entrance. The renovations also included a multi-use exhibit and equestrian space connected to the Equidome that has a range of uses including equestrian tradeshows, seated events, entertainment, horse stalls, and horse arenas. The complex now includes 18 wash bays, contains clear spans up to 285 feet long and is able to house up to 775 horses. Additional highlights to the expansion includes two new enclosed climate-controlled halls, North and South Hall, which will be used for horse shows, concerts, auctions, and tradeshows and can operate independently from the equestrian center.
Partnering with the world-renowned equestrian architect, Populous, and the City of Scottsdale, Balfour Beatty provided full preconstruction and construction services, including site work.
Balfour Beatty was able to achieve a major milestone during the construction of the North Hall by successfully erecting six steel roof trusses, each weighing 190,000 pounds. These steel roof trusses make the structure one of the largest prefabricated metal buildings in the Western United States and the second largest clear span in the history of steel fabricator, Nucor Building Systems, history.
The massive trusses were delivered to the project site on 67 semi-trucks and were erected using a 550-ton and 350-ton hydraulic crane working in tandem. Each truss half was hoisted 30 feet above ground before being bolted together.
The project was delivered on-time, on budget and was also recognized as the Arizona Public Works Association 2014 Project of the Year.