Red and Gold and Green All Over

The Fall issue of Berkeley Engineer is out, and that means so is my story on the construction of the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, otherwise known as Levi's Stadium, which I had a lot of fun touring for a few hours earlier this year. Beyond being the largest and most expensive stadium in the Bay Area, it's also a technological and structural marvel -- and the host of Super Bowl L in 2016.

Most important to yours truly, however, it's also a green stadium. It includes the NFL's first green roof, multiple solar arrays, low-flow water fixtures, a geothermal heat pump, and much more: features that should help it become the NFL's first stadium to be rated LEED Gold, and the first to achieve a LEED certification of any sort upon construction.

My story addresses all this and more, plus the starring role that Berkeley Engineering alums have played in design and construction to date. The project is slated for completion by next August, in time for the 2014-15 season. Football fans, Silicon Valley techies, and armchair architects have much to look forward to.