Circuit of the Americas
Circuit of the Americas is the first purpose-built Grand Prix track and entertainment facility in the United States. Built around a state-of-the-art F1 circuit track with elevation changes of 133 feet, the facility can accommodate 120,000 fans. The facility is primarily designed to host F1; motor racing and will welcome classes of racing from motor power to human power.
To meet a commitment to Formula 1 to open in time to host the U.S. Grand Prix in 2012, the facility was designed and built on an accelerated basis in less than two years. The complex demanded structural engineering excellence in every venue, including an iconic observation tower, a main grandstand with fabric-clad canopy roof, and a grand plaza with an amphitheater and concession roof structures.
The iconic red steel lattice diagrid observation tower was inspired by the red streak appearance of tail lights racing in the dark. Eighteen red steel tubes cascade down the tower and form a canopy for the amphitheater stage. To support the accelerated schedule, Walter P Moore produced a fully connected TEKLA model that the fabricator used for construction.