2022 FIFA World Cup venue to feature tensile membrane roofing system


Khalifa International Stadium, one of the host venues selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, will see a tensile membrane roofing system installed as part of a major renovation ahead of the tournament.

Birdair has been chosen to provide the design, fabrication and supply of the system, which includes its PTFE fiberglass membrane, ETFE film and Tensotherm-insulated tensioned membrane.

The majority of the roof will feature approximately 500,000ft2 of PTFE, while an approximate 35,000ft2 portion of the south leading edge of the roof will utilize a single-layered ETFE film supported by a cable net. Lastly, another portion located on the lower edges near the compression ring will incorporate the Tensotherm system in order to provide thermal performance. Installation of all three membrane systems will be performed by Birdair’s Dubai-based subsidiary, Taiyo Middle East, with Projacs serving as project manager and Dar Al-Handasah as the design consultant.

The renovated stadium will seat 40,000 spectators and feature new cooling technologies to help ensure a more comfortable fan experience and playing conditions. It will also host the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, to celebrate Qatar’s culture of sport and the global sports heritage represented by the Olympic Games.

As a special addition, the development will include a new building that will be added to the stadium’s east wing, and which will contain food courts, shops, multi-purpose rooms, VIP lounges and a health center.

April 30, 2015

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