A major construction milestone has been reached in The Q Transformation to update and modernise the 25-year old publicly-owned Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
A special topping off ceremony to hoist the project’s final steel beam into place atop of the arena, which is home to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, has been celebrated.
The topping off culminates almost a year of structural steel work on the project, which began in February 2018.
More than 4,750 pieces of steel, equivalent to 1,229 tons, have been installed to form the frame of the arena’s new north atrium and south entrance.
The dramatic new street-facing exterior glass façade and north atrium that will add 42,530ft2 of new public space to The Q is taking shape.
When complete, 77,110ft2 of exterior glass curtain wall made up of 1,475 pieces of glass will have been installed.
The Q closed for the summer of 2018 to begin renovation work on the interior of the building that included the suite level, five membership spaces and the Cavaliers and Monsters locker rooms, which were completed when the arena re-opened in October.
As work continues on the exterior and interior of The Q throughout the Cavaliers’ 2018-19 season, the arena will close again for the summer of 2019 to complete the transformation. The newly renovated arena will re-open for the start of the Cavaliers, Monsters and entertainment season in October 2019.
The transformation project’s total investment scope has grown to $185 million from its original $140 million 50-50 private/public funding agreement.
When Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert and the Cavs organisation committed an additional $45 million of private funding towards additional updates and improvements to The Q, it raised the team’s current private funding commitment from $70 million to $115 million.
The Cavaliers’ portion of the funding covers all non-public, club, suite, team, premium space, AV/LED, lighting and multi-media upgrades, as well as a significant portion of the public space updates, which includes concourse improvements and square footage increases.