Photo by Chris Mast, Climate Pledge Arena
Photo by Chris Mast, Climate Pledge Arena

Construction on the new Climate Pledge Arena in Queen Anne’s Uptown reached a significant milestone Friday with the topping out of the facility. Project leaders, Mortenson construction partners, other labor workers, city representatives and more celebrated at a special ceremony where the last beam of steel was placed in the facility. Adorned with an American flag, the last steel beam featured the name of the arena, as well as signatures of people instrumental in the project’s construction.

According to project statistics, 8.9 tons of steel has been used in the building process to date, and 147,430 bolts were used to secure the steel. As well, 2,500 craftworkers have completed 1.3 million craft hours on the project to date.

Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center remains on track to open in fall 2021.

It is expected to be the first arena in the world to receive net zero carbon certification.

When complete, the arena’s interior will expand to 800,000 square feet, twice that of the previous arena.

Climate Pledge Arena was tagged early on to be the professional arena of the NHL’s newest professional hockey team, the Seattle Kraken. It will also be the  home of the WNBA Seattle Storm and Seattle University. It will have a 17,100-person capacity for hockey and a 18,100-person capacity for basketball. It is also expected to host more than 140 events per year, with a concert capacity of 17,200.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place Dec. 5, 2018 at the west plaza of the arena.


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