Construction of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena remains on schedule for a 2018 opening, according to the latest update.
Considerable progress has been made in the construction the new venue, which is slated to begin housing the Bucks at the start of the 2018-19 NBA season. For construction crews, the main goal now is to prepare the site for the winter months.
During a media tour on Thursday, it was indicated that the project remains on schedule. Bucks president Peter Feigin was on hand for the proceeding and, along with project officials, discussed some of the key steps that are scheduled to be completed leading up to the winter months. More from Urban Milwaukee:
The final stop on Thursday’s tour was along W. Juneau Ave. for the Bucks to highlight progress on the exterior of the building. With the roof now in place, the building is scheduled to be watertight by the end of November. This includes installing the many glass windows along the building’s east side.
Tess Massaroni, enclosure superintendent on the project for Mortenson Construction, detailed the four-layer stack that makes up much of the building’s exterior. The lowest level is made up of insulated metal panels, which is the light green material visible on the arena’s surface for the past couple months. Next comes a high temperature underlayment and then a hat-shaped channel made of galvanized steel (it’s called a “hat channel”) to support the final layer. And it’s that final layer that will have everyone casting their opinions on the building for as long as it stands. Feign notes, “this is the point that sets this arena apart from any building in the arena.” What is it? An interlocking set of zinc panels with a patina that causes them to look like wood.
Aside from improving the basketball experience, the Bucks are hoping that the new arena will anchor development in downtown Milwaukee and draw major entertainment acts to the city. With the new arena on schedule, the 2017-18 season is expected to be the Bucks’ last at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
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