Midwest Steel Wins $50 Million Steel Contract for Detroit Events Center

Arena cross-section concept: Dennis Allain Renderings 

A $50 million contract comprising most of the structural steel work for the new Detroit Events Center has been awarded to Detroit-headquartered Midwest Steel (an AISC Member and Advanced Certified Steel Erector). The new arena will be home to the Detroit Red Wings, other sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions.

“Midwest Steel is a third-generation family business that has been headquartered in Detroit for more than 40 years. Our roots are deep in this city, and we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this exciting development and help build the new Detroit Events Center – future home of our own Detroit Red Wings,” said Thomas Broad, president of Midwest Steel.

The Events Center is being designed by HOK. Magnusson Klemencic Associates is the structural engineer for the project. Foundation work for the 650,000-sq.-ft arena began in late June and  the arena will open in the fall of 2017.

The project is located in a 45-block revitalization area called the Detroit District that will include residential, retail and commercial elements. Construction of the arena and surrounding district is expected to generate at least $1.8 billion in total economic impact, 8,300 construction and construction-related jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs. More than $100 million in income from the Events Center project alone is expected for Detroit residents, with significant additional income to be created through future private development. Learn more at