As work escalates on Reliant Stadium, so does our coverage. HoustonTexans.com will now post construction photos every three weeks.
All 1,096,200 square feet of the stadium's elevated deck has been poured. Nearly 98 percent of the total concrete cubic yardage has also been poured. More than 95 percent (13,746) of the 14,500 projected tons of reinforcing steel tonnage is in place. Meanwhile, about 95 percent of the structural precast pieces are set.
The east barrel roof steel and roof deck erection is complete. The south end zone mechanical room structural steel is complete. The re-tractable tri-chords are being pre-assembled and erected in the north end zone. The west super truss, north and south end zone fixed tri-chord and north end zone fixed tri-chord barrel Birdair fabric is complete.
The structural steel and metal deck erection for the Quadrant C pedestrian ramp is complete. The single-ply roofing for the Quadrant A and D barrel roof and north end zone is also complete. Similar work in Quadrant B and C is about 95 percent complete.
Metal wall panel erection and secondary backup steel is ongoing in all four quadrants. The exterior facade metal studs and sheathing is ongoing in Quadrant C. Metal sub-roof and drywall are ongoing in all four quadrants.
You can't see it from your car as you drive by the stadium, but the layout and drilling for the bowl seating has started a few weeks ago. The west side of the stadium already has numerous seats in place. Reliant Stadium will seat 69,500 for Texans games.
There are currently more than 1,200 workers and office employees on the site.
Right outside of the Reliant Stadium construction site on Fannin Street, progress is being made on the light rail system construction. The rail lines will be completed in May 2002 and the entire system is scheduled to be in operation in February 2004, just in time for Houston to host Super Bowl XXXVIII.