The arena is starting to emerge
January 10, 2012
Currently, the structural framework for the east, south, and west sides of the Arena bowl have been installed up to the Concourse (second floor) level.
foundation for the Arena is essentially complete now, with approximately 4000
CY of reinforced concrete placed to date. The floor slab will be
constructed this spring. Work has also started on the Convention Center
foundations and is expected to be completed in January. This portion of
the foundation system is much less complex than the Arena. All
concrete placement is inspected and tests are performed on an ongoing
basis. Quality of work is excellent. Thermal protection is now
being provided for new concrete placements and curing.
underfloor utilities in the Arena footprint have been installed, as well as
onsite storm drainage and sewer piping external to the building. New
sanitary sewer mains in adjacent streets will be installed later this year.
Bangor Hydro will upgrade the Main St. distribution system later this spring.
Erection of structural
framing members started on December 12, and progress has been
excellent. Initially vertical precast columns were installed around much
of the Arena floor perimeter. This was followed by horizontal precast
concrete beams, and many structural steel columns and beams.
Currently, the structural framework for the east, south, and west sides of the
Arena bowl have been installed up to the Concourse (second floor)
level. Much of the steel framing to the Suite (third floor) level
has also been installed on the east and south sides of the Arena.
Additionally, Precast concrete plank decking has been installed for the
Concourse level floor on the west side, and steel pan Concourse floor decking
in in place on the east and south sides. The form of the
building is now becoming quite visible.
A considerable amount of
sitework has been completed over the past month, much of it involving
backfilling and grading the deep excavations - particularly between the new
facility and the existing auditorium. The gas main installation was
completed on Dutton Street, and service to the Bass Park Complex
established. Block masonry work has started on the stair tower at
the main entrance at the southwest corner of the Arena. Normally
this type of work would commence in warmer weather, but construction of this
element is necessary for support of some of the structural steel framing.
This masonry work will be done within a heated temporary enclosure.
the project continues to progress extremely well and is right on
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Locker rooms and adjacent show support rooms are finishing up quickly, and tile installation will begin shortly