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Bucks arena abuzz with construction activity

The first roughly 14,000-pound section of precast stadia is guided into position by an employee of M.A. Mortenson Co., Minneapolis, at the site of the Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Milwaukee. The stadia will help support seating in the new arena and is the first of 520 precast sections to support seating. The 30-acre site includes the new arena, a training facility and a parking ramp and the project is on track to be complete for the 2018-19 season. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

The first roughly 14,000-pound section of precast stadia is guided into position on Wednesday by an employee of Mortenson Construction at the site of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena. The stadia will help support seating in the new arena and is the first of 520 precast sections to support seating. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

With spring on its way, things are happening fast on the new downtown Milwaukee Bucks arena.

As Bucks officials prepared to hit another milestone in the construction of their new stadium at the northwest corner of North 4th Street and West Highland Avenue, a panel of city officials on Wednesday approved a set of modified plans for the $524 million project.

Among other changes, the city’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee approved adding a see-through LED display to the arena’s northwest entrance; changing pavement patterns, planting beds and tree locations on the arena’s east side; and adding a monument to the southeast corner of the arena site.

Gabe Braselton, an associate principal at Kansas City-based Populous Inc., the firm leading the arena’s design team, told committee members that the changes were meant both to help better connect the arena to North 4th Street and to make the backside of the structure more engaging.

The plans will next head to the Common Council, which is scheduled to meet next week.

Meanwhile, construction crews were preparing to put in place the structure’s first precast stadia — the concrete support that will serve as the new arena’s seating area. The placement was scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon.

All of this comes just one day after team officials announced that South Dakota-based Daktronics Inc. has been chosen to install digital signs both for the team’s arena and surrounding developments.

The firm, which also installed the digital display system at Miller Park, plans to outfit the arena with the largest equilateral center-hung scoreboard being used in the NBA, team officials said. Daktronics will also install the outdoor LED display selected for the northwest entrance and another LED sign at the northwest corner of a new parking garage being built just north of the arena, among other things.


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Alex Zank is a construction reporter for The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-1820.

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