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Tour The Events Center

January 13, 2014, 10:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Tour The Events Center

The new Denny Sanford PREMIER Events Center has been under construction for over 17 months.

When crews first broke ground in July of 2012 a lot of people would drive by and try picturing what a new $117 million events center would look like, including how big it would be compared to the current Arena and Convention Center.

Work inside the new Denny Sanford PREMIER Events Center has been a tall order to fill.

"You know it's like building a house, when you build a house you go through an emotional rollercoaster; it's really big, it's really small and at the end it's just right," Jason Miranowski of Mortenson Construction said.

And the end is now in sight.

"We talk about it a lot, but til you see it, when you see the tile on the walls and in the bathrooms, it really becomes a reality," City Special Projects Manager Kendra Siemonsma said. "We've made significant progress and it's all been on schedule and on budget, which is the tremendous part."

At the end of December, crews were able to get the building fully enclosed, which allows workers on the inside to work comfortably.

"As you can see we are standing in a temp controlled building site, it's around 60-70 degrees in here and outside it's 15 degrees, we are completely enclosed," Siemonsma said.

Over the weekend, crews poured concrete non-stop for six hours to cover the ice floor. It took more than a million pounds of concrete and 40 trucks to get the job done in a continuous pour.

"To appreciate the amount of hours that goes into installing that floor, but really there's multiple layers of pipe. You have cold pipes and hot piping to be able to get the ice off the slab," Miranowski said.

Now that the floor is finished, workers can begin concentrating on some of the finer details.

"We're installing handrails, dry walling, we're painting, we're installing tile, we're installing case work in the suites. Three weeks from now, we're going to be looking at installing seats in the upper bowl. You'll start seeing those go in," Miranowski said.

The new Events Center will seat 12,000 people when it's finished. It has 22 suites, 39 restrooms, three bars, and four escalators, which will provide concert and sports fans easy access to their seats, whether they are on the main concourse or the upper bowl. 

The construction manager says the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center will stand out from other facilities in the region, due to its unique design.

"The City of Sioux Falls has to be proud of this facility, when you look at it. Not all community facilities are multipurpose facilities that have the bars or lounges. That's not usual," Miranowski said.

It also has five locker rooms, which will allow Sioux Falls to host a number of big time, national sporting events.  

There is still a lot of work to get done before it opens this fall, but city officials say when that happens, visitors will likely understand why Sioux Falls finally made the decision to build a new events center.

"I think and I hope that they will be very proud," Siemonsma said. "It's just an impressive building that the City of Sioux Falls has been needing."

There will also be over 200 tv's and monitors installed throughout the Events Center, which will allow fans to continue watching the games and concerts while they go to the concession stands or restrooms.
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