Hammes Company

PPL Center

Allentown, PA

Benesch provided structural and environmental services for the Hammes Company in support of the 8,500 seat Lehigh Valley Phantoms Hockey Arena and mixed use development in the City of Allentown, PA. This project includes one million square feet of development encompassing the multi-use arena, including an office building, hotel, and parking facilities.

Benesch completed a phase I environmental assessment, performed pre-demolition building inspections and designed exterior wall supports to ensure the structural integrity of existing buildings remaining on the site. During construction, Benesch performed services throughout the arena project including design of the steel truss erection. Due to the urban site constraints, the steel trusses had to be erected in sections and with field connections performed while the truss was in place in above the arena floor. Benesch performed detailed analysis of the trusses during erection as well as design of the rigging components. Benesch also provided monitoring and consulting services on site during the erection.

Benesch also provided a third party review of the precast/prestressed concrete seating design. The seating design was reviewed for all applicable ACI and IBC code and provided detailed recommendations to facilitate its design.

Project highlights

  • Environmental assessment
  • Structural building design and inspection
  • Construction services