Applause fills the air at many of the well-known entertainment and sports event centers on Kiewit’s resume. Unlike commercial office buildings, these projects require an intimate understanding of acoustics, lighting and spatial orientation. From our first art museum project in 1929 — the Joslyn Memorial Art Gallery in Omaha, Neb. — to Safeco Stadium in Seattle, Wash., our noteworthy projects showcase a broad spectrum of one-of-a-kind stadiums, museums and complexes across the country.
The UNO Community Arena consists of a 219,249 square foot sports and recreation facility. The arena serves over 7,500 people for hockey events, and 8,000 for basketball and volleyball events. Other uses of the facility will include graduations, community recreation, athletic competition, and entertainment events such as concerts and the circus.
The Toyota Elephant Passage Exhibit at the Denver Zoo is the first LEED® Platinum certified exhibit in the country. As part of the project scope of work, Kiewit demolished 17 existing buildings and redeveloped approximately 10 acres of Zoo space. The exhibit features six expansive outdoor yards, three animal crossings and more than 1.1 million gallons of water for the exhibit animals to enjoy. A unique gasification plant, which is designed to convert animal waste into a power source, was built adjacent to the exhibition area.
Occupying two square blocks in downtown Omaha, the Holland Performing Arts Center includes a 2,000-seat concert hall; a 400-seat recital hall; a street-level lobby and covered arrival plaza; an upper-level main lobby; and a semi-enclosed outdoor performance and event garden.
A Kiewit-led joint venture provided sitework, precast and cast-in-place concrete services for Cardinals Stadium, home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, Super Bowl XLII, the annual Fiesta Bowl and other events. Kiewit also built the 63,500-seat stadium's unique rollout field that can be retracted from the stadium, allowing for rodeos and other events.
The 13-story-tall Desert Dome, the world's largest glazed geodesic dome, replicates environments of the Namib Desert in western Africa, the Great Sandy Desert in Australia and the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States. The $16.5 million project includes a sand waterfall, a 50-foot mountain, canyons, a cactus forest, and desert flora and fauna. The lower level features the “Kingdoms of the Night” exhibit, which houses the world’s largest indoor nocturnal exhibit.
The CenturyLink Convention Center and Arena provides space for a range of activities including hockey, basketball, concerts and formal events. This $187 million project included building a 490,000-square-foot convention center and a 450,000-square-foot arena. The CenturyLink Convention Center and Arena also includes a 194,000-square-foot exhibit hall; 30,000-square-foot ballroom; 42,500-square-foot atrium; 10,000-square-foot kitchen; meeting rooms and breakout areas. It covers approximately 422 acres, equivalent to 100 city blocks.
Home to the Mesa State Mavericks college football team, Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction, Colo. is the most highly used field on the Western Slope, hosting as many as four football games a weekend. Kiewit also constructed new high hump, long jump and triple jump areas with polyurethane track to complete the facility.
The $71 million Washington State Convention and Trade Center expansion included construction of a new 370,000-square-foot, structural steel, precast clad building. The new expansion contributed 156,000 square feet of additional convention space and 95,000 square feet of enclosed space for the future Museum of History & Industry. The building is connected to a new hotel and parking structure by over street walkways with enclosed skylight roof systems and a barrel arch canopy.