The new arena, which will feature a unique, glass-roofed concourse connecting it to offices and shops surrounding it, and will house at least 20,000 spectators, will anchor a new 650,000-square foot sports and entertainment district in Downtown Detroit that will include mixed-use neighborhoods with new residential and retail outlets. Redevelopment of an urban renewal site in Downtown Detroit demands extensive expertise and aggressive innovation. ODM found this unique combination in NTH.
NTH was called off of the engineering “bench” long before the first construction equipment rolled on-site to assist with pre-acquisition due diligence studies as well as pre-engineering data collection and evaluation. From an environmental point of view, the challenge was to identify and evaluate potential environmental problems or recognized environmental conditions (RECs) at over 100 tax parcels, ranging from dilapidated residences to former light industrial operations. In addition, NTH was to conduct all environmental characterization and response activities in accordance with state and federal regulations. NTH had to work quickly as the project schedule was aggressive. All eyes turned to NTH to clear environmental hurdles and keep the project rolling. NTH applied practical geo-environmental expertise, keen regulatory understanding and emergency response services to minimize delays and adhere to the project schedule.
From a constructability and cost point of view, NTH reviewed existing utility networks within the project area as well as available ground conditions to evaluate appropriate design and construction requirements for the next facility. Using this information, we worked with ODM staff to develop cost estimates for this transformational project.
The construction of the new indoor arena for the Detroit Red Wings has begun and an NTH crew is working on-site overseeing and monitoring the hazardous materials removal, building demolition, mass excavation as well as caisson installation and substructure construction activities. NTH is thrilled to have an important role in this historic project and we will provide more updates as the project progresses.
(This blog post does not express the views of Olympia Development of Michigan and the views expressed here are only the views of NTH Consultants, Ltd.)