On Sept. 5, 2017, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit was introduced to the world in a big way during a ribbon cutting ceremony, which was the kickoff event to a weeklong preview of the arena for media outlets and project contributors. Little Caesars Arena (LCA) is the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons. LCA is the anchor project for a new 50-block redevelopment in downtown Detroit simply known as, “The District Detroit.” The District Detroit is a world-class sports and entertainment development that spans 50 city blocks and five neighborhoods and includes six theaters/performing art centers and four professional sports teams. DVS, a division of Ross & Baruzzini is currently working with Olympia Development of Michigan on a number of projects related to The District Detroit development.
As the Security Consultant and Engineer of Record for the arena, DVS was tasked with designing electronic security and developing physical security protective measures that supported the programmatic and architectural elements of the arena’s overall design. DVS services for the project included recommendations for site physical security measures, a vehicle threat vector analysis (through sub-consultant) and the design of site-wide access control, intrusion detection, video surveillance, emergency intercom, integrated suite access control, and visitor management systems. DVS also provided Construction Administration services that included bid and award all the way through final system commissioning. Additionally, DVS provided consultation and supporting documentation to the Client, as part of the Department of Homeland Security Safety Act certification process.
Little Caesars Arena officially opened its doors to the public for a six-show concert event starring Detroit native Kid Rock that runs from Sept. 12-20, 2017. The Detroit Red Wings are scheduled to play their first regular season hockey game in the new arena on Oct. 5, 2017.
About the Contributor:
Jeremy Zweeres is a Senior Associate with over 15 years of experience in the industry focusing on security system integration and design engineering for commercial, federal, cultural, and high risk facilities. Jeremy joined DVS, a division of Ross & Baruzzini in 2007 and was the Project Manager and Lead Engineer for the new 785,000sf, 21,000-person Little Caesars Arena project.