We often talk about stadiums in terms of seats, but SC Railing Company does so in terms of rails.
As the Atlanta Braves opened its brand-new 41,000-seat SunTrust Park this season, SC Railing Company showed off 41,000 linear feet of railings, an opportunity to give a stadium less than 20 miles from its former Turner Field home in downtown Atlanta a distinctive look that varies with the building’s design.
With more than 7 miles of decorative railing throughout the park, southern hospitality was the focus, offering approximately 3,300 feet of “drink rail” that enables patrons to securely store ballpark concessions while congregating in full view of the field.
SunTrust Park’s dining facilities, including the Delta Club Bar and Chop House—as well as the Top of the Chop and Below the Chop areas—feature decorative and practical railings that maintain the proper mix of décor and safety, according to information from SC Railing.
“Providing practical, yet aesthetically pleasing railing is essential,” says Dan Stachel, vice president of SC Railing Company. “Because safety and stability are crucial properties of the railings at facilities like SunTrust, every single railing and mounting throughout the facility needs to be strategically designed, developed and deployed with form and function in mind.”
Stachel noted that SunTrust features roughly 5,500 linear feet of ½-inch clear tempered laminated glass with SGP interlayer, which was selected for its unique combination of brilliance and stability.
Inside the Delta Club Bar and Home Plate Pub, visitors are treated to a more delicate railing comprised of a blackened steel frame with decorative bronze cable infill. Additional touches of class can be found throughout the stadium’s railing systems, such as the LED-lit handrails on the Chop House bridge and mezzanine.
In the upper and lower bowl seating areas, box suites and upper-level vomitories, nearly 20,000 linear feet of aluminum vertical picket and track railing affords patrons a view of the field without compromising safety. With few exceptions, railings are attached securely to the stadium walls or floors using Hilti Hit-Z Rods with HY-200 epoxy or weld studs to embeds or metal pans.
Rails serve as an often overlooked, yet visually key component of a stadium project. SunTrust Park puts that component in full view.