Members of the Thornton Tomasetti project team were on hand for the March 31 ceremonial opening of the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank in Uniondale, New York. Photos by Reza Farimani.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today for the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Presented By New York Community Bank in Uniondale, New York. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering and façade consulting services for the 416,000-square-foot multipurpose arena. The $165-million project gave the 1970s-era structure a modern exterior featuring 4,700 brushed aluminum fins, as well as a new grand main entrance, an extended outer concourse, a 4,100-square-foot VIP Club, a 1,500-square-foot beer garden and improved seating. SHoP Architects designed the new façade, while Gensler served as architect for the interior renovations. Forest City Ratner is the developer, with facility manager Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment overseeing the redevelopment. Hunt Construction Group was the construction manager.
The arena’s exterior, designed by SHoP Architects, features aluminum fins.
The scope of our work included a condition assessment of the original structure, structural design of a widened entrance, demolition of upper suites, load reviews and strengthening of long-span trusses.
The coliseum will serve as the centerpiece of a 77-acre entertainment and retail hub known as NYCB Live. It can accommodate up to 13,000 fans for hockey games, 13,500 for basketball events and up to 14,500 for concerts. The first event at the arena will be a concert by Long Island native Billy Joel on April 5. Also on the schedule are concerts by Barbra Streisand and Metallica as well as the final appearance of Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey circus. The new coliseum will welcome back former tenants New York Islanders, who will play six hockey games at the venue next season, and serve as home to the Long Island Nets, the Brooklyn Nets basketball’s development league team.
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