With the last
precast concrete fitted into place, construction crews
are dismantling the final crane.
MILWAUKEE - The
$524 million dollar Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports
Center is on schedule and budget as the crew dissembled
the final large crane located at the center of the
would-be court, according to Mortenson Construction
Superintendent and Construction Executive Mike Sorge.
President Peter Feigin and the Mortenson Construction
team invited media members for a tour of the arena
Thursday morning. During the tour, the team highlighted
the progress of the east zinc-paneled siding, the arena
seating bowl and the east atrium.
With the final
piece of precast concrete fitted into place, the new
Bucks arena will reach complete enclosure by
Thanksgiving - 11 months after the first structural
steel column was set, according to Mortenson Enclosure
Superintendent Tess Massaroni.
"This is the last
push to the end of November for water-tight enclosure,"
said Massaroni. "There will still be some panel work to
begin installation of the 2,000 glass panels in the
coming weeks, which makes up a portion of the arena's
eastern side. Over 14,000 aluminum and zinc panels will
join glass paneling to form the building's weather-tight
workers install zinc panels on the arena’s north side
off West Juneau Avenue.
escalators linking all four levels are being installed
in the nearly 100-foot east atrium, which will face the
new 4th Street public plaza and future entertainment
block. Fans looking out the full-height curtain wall of
glass paneling as they ascend to the uppermost Panorama
Level will have some of the best views the city has to
offer. Feigin said trips down the escalator should be
an event and an experience in itself.
"This is going to
be a real pride of ownership in the state," said Feigin.
Many people have
concluded from the artistic renderings of the 714,000
square-foot building that the faŤade is made of wood.
However, this wood-like material is actually patinated
zinc paneling - patination being the process of
purposefully oxidizing metal to produce textured and
weathered qualities. Moreover, panels are coated with a
sealant for a longer lifespan and to negate any further
weathering, according to Icon Project Executive Marc
"It has a very
warm look and it's something unique that has not been
done on arenas before," said Farha.
On the northside,
half of the patinaed paneling is set in place as workers
move from west to east. A wall of cream city brick runs
along the bottom just under the panels.
"You can't build
an authentic structure in Milwaukee without a touch of
cream city brick," said Feigin.
Bucks Senior Vice
President Alex Lasry noted there were approximately 750
works on the job site on Thursday. Though West Juneau
Avenue is still far from being open to traffic, crews
will begin to reconstruct the street in the coming
months. The stadium is scheduled to open during the fall