Contractors working on the Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln vow they will complete the arena on schedule, despite problems that have arisen during construction.
Prime contractor, Mortenson-Hampton, uncovered the problem in December when rebar broke during construction.
Vice President of Mortenson Construction, John Wood, says discovery of the problem prompted extra precautions.
“We have, as a result of this problem, modified and enhanced the inspection process that is being used,” according to Wood. “We’re taking steps that are very extraordinary in terms of a typical construction project and applying levels of inspection that go above and beyond what would be normal.”
Mortenson, based in Minnesota, is working with Hampton Enterprises of Lincoln to build the arena, which will become the new home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball teams during the 2013-2014 season.
Tests conducted on the rebar concluded it wasn’t the quality of the steel, but how it was manufactured by Drake Williams of Omaha that caused the problem. The arena architects say steps have been taken to reinforce the points of the arena where the problem was discovered.
Wood says Drake Williams, which has a $2.4 million subcontract for arena work, has been completely cooperative in making repairs. Drake Williams will bear the cost of the correction, which includes the cost to other subcontractors for delays, the cost of making up for delays and the additional inspection work.