By John Larson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Exterior renovations are underway at Tacoma Dome, a facility that opened in 1983. Part of the ongoing modernization of the building, most work on the interior of the Dome was finished last fall. There will be a few more improvements made inside, such as eventually replacing some of the sound and lighting equipment. “That is in need of a serious upgrade,” said Kim Bedier, venue and events director for the city.
Wood cladding is being installed around the perimeter of the building. The original gray concrete will soon be covered by fascia inspired by the geodesic wood roof.
Other upgrades planned for this phase include enhanced lighting and hand rails at the entrances, improvements to the Heritage Bank box office and repainting of all exterior surfaces, such as the ticket kiosk on the east side of the building.
This work is expected to be completed by the end of June. “It is a big building to go around,” Bedier observed.
Bedier said that the wood cladding will have a special coating that will make it easy for workers to remove graffiti.
Costs for this work are covered by $31 million in bonds that were issued by the city. Neeley Construction is the primary contractor.
Bedier said work on the entrances will make Tacoma Dome a safer place for patrons.