Trex Commercial’s $375 million Moody Center in Austin, TX., which opened earlier this year, is the most expensive college arena ever built and features more than 6,000 linear ft. of custom Trex railing.
“We are delighted to help usher in a new era of Longhorns basketball and entertainment for the city of Austin,” said Laura Rygielski Preston, president of Trex Commercial. “Our team custom engineered railing systems and other amenities to help create a fully immersive fan experience that emphasizes safety, style and accessibility, while integrating with the facility’s distinct architecture and aesthetic from the moment you walk into the building.”
Designed primarily for concerts, the multi-purpose 530,000-sq. ft. venue which is also the home for the University of Texas Longhorns men’s and women’s basketball teams, has approximately 10,000-15,000 seats, and features the nation’s largest event floor along with top-tier amenities and hospitality for artists, athletes and fans, including 44 porch suites–inspired by actor Matthew McConaughey’s design influence–and nearly 2,000 club seats, three premium clubs, 57 loge boxes and one super VIP club.
With a focus on enhancing fan safety and engagement without disrupting visibility, the Trex Commercial team fabricated a series of architectural railing systems for the state-of-the-art venue. A combination of Track Rail, anodized aluminum aisle rail, cable rail, picket rail and drink rail are featured throughout the arena, while custom-engineered aluminum divider rails are used to create an intimate atmosphere for each of the venue’s VIP porch suites. These sleek railing solutions contributed to the facility’s LEED Gold certification.