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Detroit awards construction contract for new Red Wings arena

A consortium of three construction firms — Barton Malow-Hunt-White — will act as general contractors for the new Red Wings arena in downtown Detroit.

The consortium is made up of three firms: Southfield-based Barton Malow Co., Detroit-based White Construction and Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction Group. All three have experience in sports-related construction: Barton Malow has worked on several ballparks, Hunt Construction has worked on Amway Center and Barclays Center as well as other MLB facilities, and White Construction worked on Ford Field and Comerica Park. From Crain’s:

The DDA will own the 18,000-seat event center, to be built by 2017 west of Woodward at I-75 in Detroit.

The construction group will commence an effort to train and hire Detroit residents to build the arena.

“The building of the new events center alone is anticipated to create approximately 5,500 jobs, with more than half of those construction jobs being filled by Detroit residents and over $100 million being paid to Detroit-resident workers,” Olympia said in a statement.

There’s been no official word on the architect of record on the new Red Wings arena project, though previous news reports have pegged HKS and NBBJ as landing the deal.

The new Red Wings arena will be a significant upgrade from Joe Louis Arena, which is bursting to the gills with fans but not many monetization features. The new arena will features suites and 1,200 premium seats, along with an attached parking garage and 10,000 square feet of retail space.

Image of Joe Louis Arena via Wikimedia Commons.

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