Sub-roof going up on Little Caesars Arena; Construction still on schedule

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 14:58:22-04

Chopper 7 was over the scene of Little Caesars Arena on Thursday afternoon and it showed what is now part of the sub-roof being placed on the arena.

According to the District Detroit, decking, also known as flashing, is being installed right now, and it's part of the sub-roof. After decking, some insulation and other material will be placed on top before adding on the roof exterior. Construction on the decking started 10 days ago.

A couple of months ago, crews began installing roof trusses on the arena, and the District Detroit said they are still being installed and are expected to be complete in August.

Also, steel for buildings which will hold new restaurants, shops and offices are going up next to the arena, east on Woodward and south on Henry St. Both are four stories buildings with the foundation piers 100 percent complete.

The building on Woodward will have more than 28,000-square feet of retail space, and then Henry St. will have more than 15,000-square feet. For office space, there is 100,000-square feet in the Woodward building and 60,000-square feet in the Henry building.

Crews are also continuing work on the parking structure west of the arena, and between the parking structure and stadium will be the flat concrete area known as the piazza. It will also be the roof of the practice ice, and is expected to be complete by next week.

While major construction continues on the arena, the District Detroit said crews are now working on mechanical, plumbing, utilities, drywall and fireproofing in some areas.

Construction on the arena is still on schedule, with it expected to open in time for the 2017-18 Detroit Red Wings season.