Cleveland Hilton Hotel
Considered one of the key pieces in Cleveland’s bid to land the 2016 Republican National Convention, the Hilton is scheduled to open on June 1, a few weeks before RNC delegates arrive. Members of the Cleveland Building Trades, working under a PLA, have kept the $272 million project on time and on budget. Construction on the project has gone so well, that Cuyahoga County has committed to building an underground walkway to connect a nearby parking garage to the hotel, Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation.
Members of the Cleveland building trades built Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, in the early 1990s. A departure from the cookie-cutter ballparks littered across the country, Jacobs Field was designed as artistic masterpiece that allows fans to see the city and remind Clevelanders of the city’s connection to the steel industry.
Almost 20 years later, members of the building trades gave what is now called Progressive Field a facelift. For the first time since the iconic ballpark opened in 1994, major work was undertaken to relocate the bullpens and open up the right field area to make it more spacious and social. To accomplish this feat, our members removed seats in right field, built a large corner bar near the right field foul pole and added a number of new concession stands.
Three years after union members helped construct an $88 million Racino in North Randall, skilled craftsmen are once again busy on the site. This time, they are working on a $70 million upgrade to the JACK Racino. The project, which is scheduled for completion in April 2016, will include a 1,000-space parking garage, a high-limit gaming and lounge area, and ample area designated for bars/restaurants and lobby.
Playhouse Square Chandelier
The world’s largest permanent crystal chandelier, created in the style of grand chandeliers once seen in Playhouse Square lobbies. The chandelier is 20 feet in height and adorned with more than 4,200 crystals. It is suspended from a 44-foot high steel structure over the intersection of E. 14th Street and Euclid Avenue.
Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation
The construction of the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation took more than two years to complete. It is considered the largest and heaviest project ever in Cleveland. Thanks to our hardworking tradesmen and tradeswomen, it came in ahead of schedule and within budget.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
There is no doubt – Cleveland rocks! When the decision was made to bring the Rock Hall to Clevleland in 1987, there also very little doubt about who would construct the music shrine. In 1993, our union crews began to work on the complex and unusually shaped structure. By 1995, the $100 million project was opened to the world. Since that time, the Rock Hall has welcomed millions of visitors and has become an enduring image for the city’s rebirth.
First Energy Stadium
Construction of Cleveland Browns Stadium began in 1997. Our members built the new, iconic stadium on the same grounds as legendary Cleveland Municipal Stadium – former home of the Browns and Indians. Work on the $283 million stadium was completed in 1999, the same year the Browns franchise officially returned to the NFL.
In 2014, union crews began a roughly $125 million stadium renovation, including structural and cosmetic upgrades to First Energy Stadium. The renovation took place over two off-seasons and help to ensure a better fan experience at the stadium. The project covered more than 550,000 square feet and increased the amount of lower-bowl seating, updated ADA seating, involved reconstruction of the end zone, installation of additional elevators, updated scoreboards and a new audio system.
Quicken Loans Arena
The home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monsters and Gladiators, “The Q” first opened its doors in 1994. Since that time, it has taken its place as the main entertainment venue in Northeast Ohio. No other roofed building in the area can accommodate the entertainment industry. Originally called Gund Arena, it took union crews two years to build at a price tag of $152 million. Additional projects performed on the building by our tradesmen over the years help keep “The Q” as one of the best arenas in the nation.
JACK Cleveland Casino
The site of the former Higbee’s Department Store, the JACK Cleveland Casino helped revitalize downtown Cleveland and Public Square. In May 2012, JACK became Ohio’s first full-service casino. Roughly $350 million was invested into the project, as affiliated construction crews transformed four floors into a first-class gaming destination. In addition to the casino, our union workers also built a new, nearby parking garage.
Max S. Hayes High School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Partnering with the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, Max Hayes is the first high school in Ohio to offer students a pre-apprenticeship program. The students enrolled in the vocational school will be offered a spot in an apprenticeship program once they graduate high school. The newly constructed building was built by local members of the Cleveland Building Trades and will hopefully serve as a useful tool to bring new workers into a high-demand field.
Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Back in the early 1980s, union members constructed the nation’s 100th nuclear power plant. Today, Perry is the largest single energy producing facility in the First Energy fleet. Our members routinely work on the plant during shutdowns and provide the timely, skilled labor needed to finish these maintenance projects on tight timelines.
At 947 feet, Key Tower is the tallest building in Cleveland. The skyscraper, built by our union crews in the late 1980s, was the tallest building in the US between Chicago and New York until 2007. Originally called the Society Tower, the building contains 1.3 million square feet and is 57 stories tall.
George V. Voinovich Innerbelt Bridge
Taking highway traffic through the heart of Cleveland, the George V. Voinovich Bridge is one of the largest ODOT projects in northeast Ohio history. An estimated 140,000 vehicles are expected to cross the GVV each day. Our tradesmen and tradeswomen built the first of the two new bridges (the westbound bridge) cost $293 million to build. Currently, our members are working on the eastbound bridge, which should be completed in the late summer of 2016 at a projected cost of $273 million.