HUNTINGTON CENTER SUPERSTRUCTURE & SUSTAINABLE SITE DESIGN
PDG was selected as part of the design team for Lucas County’s new 267,000-square-foot multi-purpose arena in Downtown Toledo. The Arena was designed to accommodate local hockey, basketball and indoor football games, concerts and other large events, with seating for approximately 8,000 people. PDG was responsible for the design of the facility superstructure, site engineering and interior design assistance.
The 82-foot-high superstructure was designed with structural steel framing and 174 reinforced caissons foundations, each four to eight feet in diameter and drilled up to 70 feet into the ground. The columns were placed behind the arena bowl and club level seating to provide an open atmosphere and unobstructed views. To meet the aggressive schedule, the superstructure was designed, bid and constructed prior to the final building design being complete. The structural design also included the building walls and entrance and features.
The site engineering involved the design of all pavements, walkways and grading around the exterior of the building, as well as all storm drainage, sanitary lines and water lines serving the new Arena. The Arena was constructed over a 14-foot-diameter combined sewer tunnel, 40 feet below the center of the right-of-way. Because the tunnel runs the entire width of the Arena, field locations were critical and the superstructure was designed to not transfer any loads directly to the tunnel structure.
The interior design package was completed in conjunction with the project architect and involved meetings with the County to review finishes, colors and patterns, as well as meetings with team representatives to incorporate team colors and logos into the design palette. Materials were selected according to LEED design objectives, with an overall facility goal of LEED certification. PDG was later selected to design and incorporate several retail areas into the Arena’s original design, which included point of sales and merchandise displays, casework design, traffic flow analysis and coordination of recently installed mechanical and electrical systems into the new layouts.