Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) June 27, 2014
Mortenson Construction, a leading builder of sports and entertainment facilities in the U.S., and partners Buffalo Sabres, Populous, and ICON Venue Group, took part in a ceremonial “topping off” of the structural steel on the ice rink and parking ramp at HARBORCENTER this week in downtown Buffalo, NY.
Five months after erection of the structural steel commenced, the final beam was swung into place amidst a crowd of onlookers. “Today is the result of a tremendous effort by the entire HARBORCENTER team. With completion of this milestone, our team is poised to focus all their efforts on the enclosure and finishes of this landmark facility,” said Kendall Nielsen, construction executive at Mortenson Construction. To date, ironworkers have spent 15,009 hours installing 1,950 tons of steel on the project; the vast majority of which was put in place on the upper three floors of the eight-floor structure. The lower five floors house a concrete parking ramp.
Upon completion, HARBORCENTER will offer patrons a two-rink community hockey center set atop a 900-car parking ramp along with space for a destination restaurant, retail shops, and a 205-key Marriott Hotel. It is projected to draw 500,000 visitors annually.
The ice rinks and the parking structure will be open in Fall 2014 and the hotel will open in Spring 2015.
About Mortenson Construction
Founded in 1954, Mortenson Construction is a U.S.-based, family-owned construction company. As one of the nation's top builders, Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and turn-key development.
Mortenson is currently ranked as the second largest sports builder by Engineering News-Record, and has built many of the leading sports facilities around the U.S., including Target Field, Minneapolis; Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul; Target Center, Minneapolis; TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis; KFC Yum! Center, Louisville; Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City; FedExForum, Memphis; Coors Field, Denver; Pepsi Center, Denver; Sprint Center, Kansas City; ShoWare Center, Kent, Wash.; Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis; Camelback Ranch Spring Training Facility, Glendale, Ariz.; Amsoil Arena, Duluth; and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale, Ariz. They are also currently building the Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium in Minneapolis and are part of the American Builders 2017 team selected for the new Atlanta Braves Stadium in Cobb County, Georgia.
Mortenson has offices in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio and Seattle with operations in Canada. For more information, visit mortenson.com.