The arena keeps on going. I stopped by the construction site Friday and found the usual construction buzz with dozens of workers scurrying about the concrete structure. Some were removing formwork on the concrete fountain along Main Street, others were welding supports on the eastern facade, and others were preparing the many escalators that have been delivered to the site.
A massive steel structure that will one day form the arena’s lobby is beginning to take shape on Main Street and the roof and curve have made a lot of progress. From the Second Street Bridge, you can get the first glimpses into the rooms formed by the giant northern curve.
Overall, the scale of the arena is making itself known. You can literally feel its presence when passing by. Even several blocks away it still exerts a strong presence.
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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