Raising the Roof for Dave & Buster's
Last year we announced that Dave & Buster's would be coming to Anchorage and we have 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. We are pleased to announce that this part of the project has been completed!
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.
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.
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.
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.