Roof Raised, Dave & Buster's is One Step Closer to Opening Alaska to have its first Dave & Buster's at Dimond Center
ANCHORAGE, AK - Last year Dimond Center announced that Dave & Buster's would be coming to Anchorage and has been working towards that goal ever since.
The project requires a massive reconfiguration, both horizontally and vertically. Amongst the biggest challenges was raising 25,000 square ft of roof six feet on the northwest portion of the second floor. Dimond Center is pleased to announce that this part of the project has been completed. The raising started at 8:30pm on a Sunday night, reached the final elevation at 4:00am., and was completed three hours later.
Even though the actual raising was done in hours, it took months of planning and designing, as well as needing to have previous construction completed.
The construction started in April, with a great deal of demolition that was necessary to open up the space; the escalators and original stairs were removed and that area of the floor was closed.
For this undertaking, besides Dimond Center employees, another eight companies were involved, all local except for one. WB Architecture, LLC. is the architectural firm; MCN Construction, Inc. is the general contractor; BBFM Engineers, Inc. designed the building's structural modifications; Allied Steel Construction, Inc. provided the steel fabrication; Independent Steel Erectors installed the additional steel required; RSA Engineering, Inc. headed up the mechanical; and Meyer Engineering handled the electrical design. The only company that is not Alaskan is Rooflifters out of Miami, Florida & Toronto, Canada. They used their own patented system to lift the roof, and were onsite as of May 15th.
The next steps in the project will be enclosing the newly raised roof and enlarging the northern entrance of the shopping center, by Billabong . This new mall entrance will incorporate a direct outside access to Dave & Buster's as well as a completely new façade, plus they will have another inside mall entrance next to the movie theaters on the second level.
Dave & Buster's will be the official headquarters to eat, drink, play, and watch sports in Anchorage, pairing its innovative menu with a variety of amusements in an upscale and engaging environment. The new location will offer chef-crafted food, innovative cocktails, hundreds of the latest arcade games, and a state-of-the-art D&B Sports Bar filled with HDTVs.
Video footage of the roof raising is posted to our website, click here.