Construction of a new indoor arena for the Detroit Red Wings in Downtown Detroit is almost complete. G2 Consulting Group was part of the team of design and construction professionals contributing to this marquee project. The new arena will hold over 20,000 spectators, cost $450 million to construct and features a unique, glass-roofed concourse connecting it to offices and surrounding shops. The arena is a key part of the new, $650 million sports and entertainment district that will include mixed-use neighborhoods with new residential and retail outlets.
Detroit Downtown Development Authority
Working with Hardman Construction, subcontractor to lead contractor Barton Malow-Hunt-White, G2 was responsible for design of the earth retention systems for this massive excavation.
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Earth Retention System Design
- All eyes were focused on meeting the project deadline: drop of puck for the 2017 hockey season. After receiving official notice to proceed, G2 completed its initial design submittal within one week – even as other design details were continuing to be finalized.
- The ice surface in this eight-story arena will be built 40 feet below street level. Because construction is occurring in an urban environment, protection of underground infrastructure was critical, including the foundation of a 14-story historic hotel. Following extensive analysis of geotechnical data, G2 proposed conventional earth retention systems to maintain bottom stability of this 500-foot by 60- foot area – a creative solution in this case that is far less expensive and accelerates the schedule.
Smart. Results. Fast. G2 submitted initial designs for earth retention systems to protect vital infrastructure during this massive, 40-foot deep excavation one week after receiving official notice to proceed on the fast-tracked, highly visible project.