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Detroit Events Center
Detroit, Michigan

Little Caesars Arena

The new Detroit Events Center, Little Caesars Arena, was constructed in midtown Detroit with a seating capacity of 19,515 for ice hockey and 20,491 for basketball. Construction began late April 2015, and concluded in June, 2017.

The 785,000-square-foot arena features a glass-roofed concourse, connecting it to surrounding offices and shops, and forming an indoor “street” that will be open to the public. The arena was built as a “bowl,” with its ice surface 40 feet below street level, and the bowl rising about 75 feet (eight stories) above grade. 

CCC, in partnership with Tooles Contacting Group, was awarded the $39 million contract to perform construction for concrete work. Tooles self-performed 47% of the concrete work, along with experienced concrete workers from CCC, and subcontracted 15% to three other Detroit-based businesses.

The concrete work included ~50,000 cubic yards of self-perform concrete work by Tooles/CCC included reinforcing, placing and finishing the following:

  • Building Foundations & Slab-on-grade (SOG)
  • 39’ Tall Perimeter Cast-in-Place Wall
  • Shear Wall and Dock Wall Form-work
  • Arena Site Concrete
  • Slab-on-Metal-Deck (SOMD) Form-work
  • Ice Rink Super Flat Floors (2 Rinks)
  • Foundations for Buildings D & E
ClientOlympia Entertainment Group
Construction Duration21 months
Man Hours85,000
LocationDetroit, MI

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This state of the art facility has become the “go to” concert venue for many artists and bands. It is also home to the 11-time Stanley Cup Champs, Detroit Red Wings and the three-time NBA champs, Detroit Pistons.