The Huntington Center is an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena venue located in downtown Toledo and is part of a complex that includes SeaGate Convention Centre and Fifth Third Field, a minor league baseball stadium. Accommodating professional hockey, arena football, major entertainment performances, and community events, the arena includes 20 private suites, 750 prestige club seats, club-level lounge, banquet facility, and a team merchandise store. Situated on a tight metropolitan property, the arena brought significant logistical challenges to the construction team. Limited access and storage area led to a heightened level of planning.

SME assisted the Lathrop Company and Lucas County by providing construction materials services (CMS) for the 270,000 square-foot, cast-in-place concrete structure. To create the Center’s large, open concourses, the project team constructed the floors using a pan joist system. The system included forming a plywood table with scaffolding underneath and setting metal U-shaped pans on top to form the joints that support the floor. Next, re-steel was placed in the beams, joists, and floor slab. Concrete was then placed in the joists, beams, and slab to form one monolithic piece. Once the concrete set, the scaffolding, table, and pans were removed. SME provided density testing of backfill, testing or concrete, and observation of re-steel and masonry.

The Huntington Center is one of the nation’s first LEED certified professional sports arenas. Achieving LEED Gold certification in 2010, each sustainable initiative is represented visually and serves as a teaching tool for the community. The Center’s signature green design element is a 900 square-foot vegetated wall outside of the building that helps to cool the Center by shading its glass-enclosed main entrance. The arena also has light shelves to allow the interior spaces to take advantage of natural lighting while minimizing glare, a rain wall feature, and an underground stormwater detention and irrigation system.