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Topping Out Celebrated at Little Caesars Arena

Today the final piece of structural steel was placed on the roof of Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit. The important construction milestone was commemorated with a traditional topping out ceremony during which ironworkers signed their names, attached banners, flags and an evergreen tree to the final remaining piece of structural steel before it was hoisted into place.

The topping out ceremony was a proud moment for the ironworkers and entire crew, whose hard work and dedication has kept the project on schedule. And as construction continues, the number of men and women working on site each day has grown to approximately 540.

“Today, we celebrate the placement of the one special beam – the last piece of structural steel on the arena,” said Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “You should all feel tremendously proud of what you’ve accomplished thus far. Thank you, to all of our ironworkers and members of our crew, for your amazing work. Your work on this arena makes you part of the historic comeback story unfolding in Detroit.”

Structural steel work began on the arena in October and since that time Detroit-based Midwest Steel has placed 7,500 pieces of steel—weighing nearly 10,000 tons in total. The first roof super truss was placed in March.

Construction of the 20,000-seat Little Caesars Arena is rapidly progressing toward a September 2017 completion date. Massive precast concrete pieces are being placed to form the arena’s lower bowl and concrete floors are being poured all the time. Work has also begun on piping and air control systems throughout the new arena. Other features such as the Piazza outdoor entertainment area, parking structures and underground practice ice continue to take shape.

Structural steel for buildings that will hold some of the first new restaurants, shops and offices is simultaneously going up right next to the arena. Foundations for those buildings, one along Woodward Avenue and the other along Henry Street, are complete and more than half of the 1,200 pieces of structural steel have been placed.

At Little Caesars Arena, a Michigan Made, Detroit Built project, the total contracts awarded thus far, more than $315 million, representing nearly 60% of total contracts, have been awarded to Detroit companies. And more than $500 million, representing more than 90% of contracts, have been awarded to Michigan companies.

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The District Detroit will be made up of a dynamic mix of sports and entertainment venues, including six world-class theatres and three professional sports venues – home to the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions. The District Detroit will also feature retail and residential developments, offices and hotels that connect these venues into one contiguous, walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, entertainment lovers and others who crave a vibrant urban setting can connect with each other and the city they love. A Michigan Made, Detroit Built project, The District Detroit continues to transform lives by bringing jobs and opportunity to people and businesses across the city, region and state.

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