The New Little Caesars Hockey and Basketball Arena will be home to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Construction started in the spring of 2015 and was completed in time for the Red Wings Inaugural Season home opener on October 5th, 2017. With the Original Joe Louis Arena starting to fall victim to age, Olympia Development decided to construct a new home for the Detroit Red Wings. Not only is this the new home for the Red Wings and Detroit Pistons but it is also a new Entertainment District for the city of Detroit. Once completed, The District will include two new parking decks, three to four residential / retail buildings, as well a new business school for Wayne State University.
The arena was a fast-paced project, which took a great deal of coordination between RAM, the Construction Manager, as well as all other trades involved. The largest portion of RAM’s work came in the perimeter below grade foundation wall waterproofing. With over 100,000 Sq. Ft. of vertical wall waterproofing, RAM had to work hand in hand with a number of other trades to get the work completed on time. Along with foundation waterproofing, RAM installed a hot-rubberized split slab waterproofing system on the 75,000 square foot outdoor Piazza.
While the main foundation waterproofing contract work was ensuing, RAM also completed nine additional separate contracts on the project with various contractors. This work consisted of traffic coating, caulking, and expansion joints on the parking deck, as well as caulking of the glass railings inside the arena.
With the hundreds of tradesmen on this project at any given time, protecting our work was a daily chore.
It was an accomplishment to get the work completed on time and enjoy a Wings game in the new arena.