Today I returned to the Polisseni Center construction site to get an update on the center's progress. I spoke again with Richard Laudisi, Vice President at LeChase Construction, who informed me of what has been taking place at the busy site since we last spoke. All pile driving is complete after around 5 miles of metal was put into the ground. The construction crews are now working on the next stage of the project which is excavating stone from around the hundreds of piles to build wooden forms to allow the concrete caps that will support the structure to be poured.
I was able to walk around the site to get a better view...with an escort and proper safety equipment of course.
The cap on the left will support bleachers for spectators while the cap on the right will support the structure.
Here is part of the form for the northern-most face of the center. After all of the cap areas are excavated and the wooden forms are built around them concrete will be poured into them. This process is expected to continue for a few more weeks. Beginning on August 12th, structural steel will begin to arrive at the site. The steel acts as the skeleton of the building and it is at that point when the building will take a more complete form as all its walls and roof are added.
One of the challenges of building in a swamp is groundwater seeping into and pooling in holes. Construction at the site will continue through winter with the center expected to be ready for the 2014-2015 Tigers Hockey season.
This is the approximate area of center ice. I will be visiting the site every few weeks over the summer to get updates and more frequently once the academic year starts. Be sure to follow me on Twitter to stay current. You can get updated about the Polisseni Center by following it’s Twitter account. If you’d like to help support the Tigers and their new home you can donate here. Check out my first post here.