'Tis The Season for Stadiums

May 3, 2017

Raising the Roof at Milwaukee's New Bucks Arena

Workers from Merrill Iron & Steel, JP Cullen, and Mortenson Construction have started to install the 23-ton, 100-foot long and 35-foot tall roof trusses on the new stadium near Milwaukee's Bradley Center. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has posted a gallery of 19 close-up photos showing the intricacy involved with lifting the massive trusses into place.

“This is considerably more complex than what we’ve done to date” on the fast-moving Bucks project, said Ellen Becker, a Mortenson project engineer. “It’s really high in the air, and it’s substantially heavier. And that offers a few more challenges.”

Adding complexity is the length of the trusses. They max out at about 200 feet each and are so large they must be assembled inside the bowl, on what will eventually be the basketball court. They’ll be lifted in two pieces and bolted into place by workers hundreds of feet off the ground.

Milwaukee has made a point of using Wisconsin-based companies for the $524 million project. Read how Merrill Iron and Mortenson have fabricated the arena out of 7,673 structural steel pieces here:

Raiders Buy 62 Las Vegas Acres for New Stadium

The Clark County Recorders Office said Monday the Oakland Raiders closed on a $77.5 million deal for 62 acres west of the Mandalay Bay resort. Michael Parks, first vice president of CBRE, who brokered the deal for the Raiders with Executive Vice President John Knott, said there are no post-closing considerations on the deal.

The site selection was influenced by accessibility from I-15 from the north and south and from Russell Road to the west as well as the view of the Strip outside the north end of the stadium. Parks said that if the Las Vegas Monorail is extended to Mandalay Bay as planned, it would be an easy walk for passengers across pedestrian bridges over I-15 to get to the stadium.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal writes that one concern with the Raider's choice is parking. Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said there doesn’t appear to be enough room to provide the space necessary for the type of tailgating experience the Raiders would like to provide.

“There’s clearly a need for some more parking,” Sisolak said. “I’ve been advocating for the significance of ingress, egress and parking for the stadium and will continue to do so.”

Besides ground-based concerns, the FAA will want to do a review of the proposed structure o determine whether they could pose a hazard to aircraft or interfere with navigation aids. Developers must file the application for FAA review by the earlier of at least 45 days before the start of the proposed construction or 45 days before an application for a construction permit is filed.

Read more on the Raider's new address here:

Brave's New World

The Atlanta Braves documented the construction of SunTrust Park for nearly two years and released a time-lapse video Tuesday of the project. SunTrust Park was designed by Populous, managed by JLL and built by American Builders. EarthCam footage shows the park from the foundation stages to Braves' Opening Day over 26 months, in just 90 seconds.