Little Caesars Arena Via Roof

Sports & Entertainment

Vector Foiltec | olympia entertainment
Project Name:
Little Caesars Arena Via Roof
Project Service:
Structural and Misc. Steel
Project Location:
Detroit, MI
August 2016 - January 2017
Vector Foiltec / HOK

Ideal Contracting was awarded the steel erection work for the Via Roof Project on the Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. The work for this project included the erection and detailing of (65) unique rafters between the Arena and Buildings AB and C. The rafters were fabricated in Turkey, shipped overseas, and unloaded in Baltimore. They were then transported by escorted trucks to Ideal Contracting’s yard, here they were unloaded and shaken out. Ideal Contracting’s team also inventoried, prepped and loaded the rafters before delivering them to the worksite. Ideal followed an engineered erection plan in order to erect in a procedure that maximized space and capacity of the crane in an otherwise small footprint. Ideal laid out and checked the geometry of several rafters to splice and weld them in the field due to the extended length. Some rafters were up to 120’ long. Once prepped for erection, the rafters were lifted and set in brackets that were pre-installed on the Arena months prior to layouts furnished in the 3D model. The brackets were set to stubs installed on the out buildings also according to the aforementioned model. This project was completed on time with no incidents to the satisfaction of the owner.

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