Joining the Lowe’s Motor Speedway’s legendary complex is the award-winning quarter-mile zMAX Dragway, the largest drag strip ever built. Features include a five-story 34,000 SF scoring tower with luxury suites, press boxes, grand stands, and a spectator’s amenity facilities for national NHRA qualifier and championship events. Amazingly, the schedule for the entire complex was seven months. Even more amazing is the project team completed the job in five months and $500,000 under budget.
Multiple phases of zMAX include the control tower, the grandstand suite, mezzanine and concourse concrete decks and other ancillary buildings throughout the site. Choate self-performed the tilt-up concrete work and rough carpentry.
The striking four-story control tower is decorated with perforated metal panels and rests at the starting line of the drag strip. The track-side elevations have windows the full width of the building made of laminated glass to allow full views of race events and includes 16 luxury suites, press box, broadcast booth, administrative offices, food preparation areas, and control area for race officials. The roof-top terrace provides an additional 4,000 SF of viewing and entertainment space for spectators.
Two steel and aluminum grandstands on either side of the drag strip seat 30,000. Above the main grandstand, there are 18 luxury suites and one club suite with hospitality accommodations totaling 26,000 SF.
This project is the recipient of both the Excellence in Construction Award and the Project of the Year for 2008, both from the ABC of the Carolinas.