SEMCO Keeps Toledo Walleyes ON GOAL for Opening Season

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010

    Columbia, MO - June 15, 2009 - Timing is everything when it comes to a major urban construction project like the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio. Building the 82-foot-high arena in the middle of a busy downtown took a lot of planning, and left no room for error.

    With the 2009-2010 opening season of the Toledo Walleye ice hockey team looming ahead, contractors frequently worked through the night to stay on schedule to complete the facility, which is anticipated to become the first LEED certified sports arena in the United States. Some of the most critically timed construction phases occurred before the roof was ever installed on this 266,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose arena.

    Bound on all four sides by downtown buildings, the jobsite left no room for material storage during the primary construction phase. Delivery of steel, brick, piping and other materials had to be carefully timed to arrive precisely as needed.

    Because of additional space limitations inside the arena, engineers chose to “nest” the massive duct inside the 207-foot-long roof trusses rather than installing it below them. The duct had to be installed in between the trusses in order to leave plenty of clearance for large props and equipment brought in for events like concerts and circuses.The duct was lowered into the truss space by crane beforethe steel roof decking was installed.

    With a narrow window of time before opening season and duct being installed in a demanding schedule requiring coordination with truss and roof installers, SEMCO fabricated the duct in the exact same order required and shipped exactly as needed. For more information about how SEMCO delivers, please see the case study.