A permanent earth retention system was installed for the schedule intensive, state-of-the-art Dallas Cowboys Stadium in less than five-and-a-half months.

The Project

The Dallas Cowboys professional football team planned to construct a new state-of-the-art stadium in the Dallas Metro Area. The plans required a 52 foot deep excavation with a permanent earth retention system.

The Challenge

The project had three significant challenges. The design the project required a 52 foot deep excavation with only 1 inch of lateral movement. As with any major league stadium, the schedule was intensive and challenging. Hayward Baker’s (HBI) detailed planning and communications with other trades enabled us to achieve the compressed schedule while performing on a crowded site.

The Solution

HBI provided a design build valued engineered earth retention system consisting of soil nails with a 12 foot thick shotcrete facing. The system was completed on time and within the budget. The system included 75,000 lineal feet of soil nails and over 200,000 square feet of shotcrete.

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Project Facts


Dallas Cowboys

Main Contractor(s)

Manhattan Construction

Keller Business Unit(s)

Hayward Baker