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Olympia Development names preferred contractor for follow-on rink’s construction

Via Crain's Detroit Busines's Bill Shea, Olympia Development has filed a press release announcing the firm they've chosen to utilize to build the Red Wings' follow-on rink, the Barton Manlow Company (whose corporate headquarters is located in Southfield, MI):

Olympia Development Recommends Barton Malow-Hunt-White As General Contractor For New Events Center
Events center will create 5,500 jobs and $200 million in job-related income including over $100 million for Detroit residents

DETROIT, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) today submitted to the Downtown Development Authority Board for its review and approval the recommendation of Barton Malow-Hunt-White as general contractor for the new Detroit events center.  The DDA board is scheduled to consider and vote on the recommendation at a meeting on Wednesday, April 9, at 3 p.m.

Barton Malow-Hunt-White is an industry leader in sports and entertainment construction.  Notable projects by team members include Ford Field, Comerica Park, the expansion and renovation of The University of Michigan Football Stadium, Detroit Riverfront, Detroit Medical Center Pediatric Specialty Center and Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.

As part of the construction, Barton Malow-Hunt-White will implement the workforce and business participation plan.  The comprehensive plan was created by ODM, with input from the City of Detroit Ethics and Human Rights Office, Detroit Employment Solutions, and the local construction trade unions.  Included in the plan are outreach, training and apprentice programs to ready the current and future work force of Detroit for construction job opportunities. The construction of the entire events center, residential and commercial mixed-use district will create approximately 8,300 jobs. The building of the new events center alone is anticipated to create approximately 5,500 jobs with more than half of those construction jobs being filled by Detroit residents and over $100 million being paid to Detroit-resident workers.

The new events center is the anchor of the $650 million public-private catalyst development project that will redevelop an underutilized area in downtown Detroit into a mixed-use development of residential, retail and office space. Of the project costs, ODM will contribute $367 million or 56% and the State of Michigan and the DDA will contribute $283 million or 44%.  It is expected that the project's economic impact on Detroit, the region and State will be $1.8 billion.

Those are all swell numbers, but history's proven that such claims are incredibly difficult to back up.

Update: Here's more from Crain's Detroit Business's Shea:

The three companies are Southfield-based Barton Malow Co., Detroit-based White Construction and Indianapolis-based Hunt Construction Group.

Details about the consortium’s structure and information about financing were not disclosed.

Barton Malow and White were involved in construction of Comerica Park and Ford Field. White recently was hired as a subcontractor for the $137 million private-public M-1 Rail streetcar project along Woodward Avenue.

Hunt Construction has worked on major sports venues such as the Amway Center for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association, Barclays Center for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders of the National Hockey League and Consol Energy Center for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL.

The DDA will own the 18,000-seat event center, to be built by 2017 west of Woodward at I-75 in Detroit.

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In May 2012, the Red Wings’ ownership selected Dallas-based HKS Inc. as the arena architect, according to Sports Business Journal. The team and firm declined to confirm or deny the report. HKS will design the venue with the Cambridge, Mass.-based architectural firm NBBJ, the sports industry trade magazine said.

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The new arena will have 1,200 premium seats, an attached 500-space parking garage and 10,000 square feet of retail space anchored by a Red Wings merchandise store, restaurants and other retail, according to the project plan.

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