Two Midwest basketball teams are working to improve their arenas. The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced plans for renovations to Quicken Loans Arena, while the Milwaukee Bucks have already started construction on an all new arena.
Revamping The Q
Quicken Loans Arena, better known as The Q, plays an important role as a Cleveland event space. The arena hosts more than 200 events every year, including the Republican National Convention in July, according to the NBA. However, the 23-year-old building is ready for some improvements.
Among the renovation projects will be a new glass front and additional common areas complete with food and beverage stands for people to eat, drink and socialize in. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017 and will take about two years to complete. The arena will remain open throughout the duration of the project.
The Bucks' brand-new arena
Construction on the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center has already begun, the first concrete pour occurring in December, 2016, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
The completed arena will be one part of a 30-acre development located in downtown Milwaukee that will include a public plaza, a practice space and a parking structure. Arena construction is slated to be wrapped up by the 2017/2018 basketball season.
Keeping public construction areas secure
As construction continues in Cleveland and Milwaukee, it's crucial that everyone involved ensures all equipment and materials are kept secure.
The Q will remain open throughout the duration of the project timeline, and being such a staple events center, there will be crowds of people near the construction site on a regular basis. According to the NBA, the Cavaliers are among the most popular professional basketball teams in the U.S.
While the Bucks don't have as much of a following as the Cavaliers, construction will be taking place in the downtown area of a major U.S. city. More than 600,000 people live in the Wisconsin city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
A construction zone at a popular sports venue or in the downtown area of a major city can easily attract unwanted attention from fans and passers-by who don't have the authority to access equipment, materials or construction documentation.
Additionally, both construction projects will be taking place over the course of about two or more years in Midwest cities, where snow storms are common in the winter, and rain storms and tornados are known to occur in the spring and fall.
Knowing the potential setbacks that curious or destructive people can have, in addition to poor weather conditions, it's crucial that construction professionals take every precaution possible to ensure arena construction materials are kept safe and secure. Construction storage containers from Mobile Mini are equipped with a patented tri-cam locking system, which can deter any would-be vandal. Additionally, the portable storage units are weather resistant, so snow, rain and wind shouldn't harm the papers, materials and equipment housed within.