The Building Tradesman Newspaper

Friday, October 21, 2016

Little Caesars Arena: Hot 'N Getting Ready

By The Building Tradesman

It's beginning to look a lot like... a hockey stadium along Woodward Avenue in Detroit, as Little Caesars Arena takes shape less than one year before it will open as the new home of the Detroit Red Wings. Construction photos taken and released by The District Detroit during the first week of October show the 20,000-plus-seat stadium, now looking very much like a stadium.

It will be the cornerstone of The District Detroit – a $1.2 billion live, work and play development covering 50 blocks, under construction along the west side of Woodward Avenue north of I-75. Construction is proceeding under the general contracting team of Barton Malow/Hunt/White, currently employing about 700 Hardhats on the site six days per week.

The trades have excavated some 515,000 square yards of soil, placed 296 deep foundation drilled piers, poured nearly 40,000 cubic yards of foundation concrete, will place nearly 1,000 tons of structural steel in the arena, and install 760 pieces of structural precast concrete.

INSIDE THE 20,000-seat plus Little Caesars Arena, looking south.

LOOKING WEST from Woodward Avenue, which is below right. Olympia Development said $512 million, or 90 percent of construction contracts, have been awarded to Michigan businesses.