Perini Building Co. workers topped out the Glendale Arena on April 7 by hoisting the highest piece of structural steel 150 ft. to the rooftop. More than 500 people watched as the ceremonial beam was outfitted with an American flag and an evergreen tree, a traditional symbol of fertility for the structure and good luck for the workers who built it. The ceremony marked the completion of vertical construction for the arena, scheduled to open in mid-December.
Phoenix Coyotes Managing Partner Wayne Gretzky, Coyotes players Teppo Numminen and Sean Burke, Coyotes’ management and staff, Mayor Elaine Scruggs and City of Glendale officials, Phoenix Coyotes Chairman and Governor Steve Ellman, and senior staff from The Ellman Companies were in attendance to sign the beams and to celebrate the milestone.
The event also kicked off the final phase of construction, and according to Perini officials, no other 17,500-seat arena of its kind in the United States has been built on such an aggressive schedule. Perini plans to deliver the facility 18 months from the construction start date.
“We actually held two ceremonies today. The first was to recognize more than 500 craftspeople who have worked a combined 350,000 man-hours building Arizona’s newest sports venue,” said Ken Schacherbauer, project manager for Perini. “To build a major facility on a fast track schedule requires teamwork and dedicated craftspeople. It has been and will continue to be a tremendous effort from everyone involved.”
During the second ceremony, Scruggs, Ellman and Gretzky recognized the efforts of the workers and officially kicked off the final construction phase of the arena. VIPs in attendance at the event had the opportunity to place their signatures on the highest beam to be placed in the roof structure.
Perini’s construction contract is $150 million. In addition to the arena, Perini is performing site work on the 223-acre property surrounding the facility. Featuring over 6 million sq. ft. of development, the Westgate mixed-use development project will host a variety of retail, residential, restaurant, entertainment, office and hotel uses.
Perini Building Co. is the 14th largest general contractor in the country according to revenues. The Glendale Arena is the third major professional sports facility Perini has built in Arizona.
Perini was the general contractor at America West Arena and Bank One Ballpark. The company has built more than 20 arenas and stadiums nationwide.