The final piece of structural steel was placed above the Via concourse and adjoining buildings outside Little Caesars Arena today.
Crews took a moment to celebrate the final truss going into place and much like the topping out ceremony of Little Caesars Arena, held in August, the final Via truss had an evergreen tree on it to mark yet another point of impressive progress.
Work on the structural steel of three outer buildings that surround the arena—connected by the Via concourse—began last summer and is wrapping up this week. All the steel was installed by Detroit-based contractor Ideal Contracting. More than 2,300 pieces of steel in total were used to construct the buildings and the roof of the Via concourse, weighing more than 2,000 tons.
The Via concourse is a 61,000 square-foot, covered pedestrian walkway that will bring new shops and restaurants to The District Detroit’s Woodward Square neighborhood creating a unique, year-round shopping and dining space. The outer buildings on Woodward Avenue and Henry Street will also house Detroit Red Wings administration.
Installation of the steel roof of the Via concourse at Little Caesars Arena, one of the most exciting and visible features of the project, got underway in January. The painted-white steel trusses that span the open-air walkway will be covered with a plastic cushion material, known as a Texlon ETFE Roof System, which allows natural sunlight to shine down on the concourse.
Little Caesars Arena is a Michigan Made, Detroit Built project with more than $345 million in contracts awarded to Detroit-based businesses, representing nearly 60 percent of total contracts, and more than $575 million, or 90 percent of contracts, awarded to Michigan businesses.
The District Detroit will ultimately account for a total economic impact of more than $2 billion and create more than 12,500 construction and construction-related jobs in addition to 1,100 permanent jobs.
Watch the work happen live at districtdetroit.com/webcams.
About The District Detroit
The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites six world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions - The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.