Celebrating Dickies Arena, Fort Worth’s Newest Icon

  • Oct 28, 2019

The Beck Group celebrated the opening of its construction project Dickies Arena in Fort Worth on November 26. Dubbed Fort Worth’s newest icon, the 720,000 SF multipurpose arena in the city’s cultural district opened to a large crowd one month ahead of schedule.

Fort Worth philanthropist Ed Bass, The Beck Group Executive Chairman Peter Beck, and Mayor Betsy Price spoke to a crowd of about 2,000 people, including city council members and business leaders at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the 14,000-seat arena.

“So many people have done so much, it makes me grateful deep in my heart of what we’ve been able to accomplish. This is the finest multi-purpose arena in America,” said Bass of the $540 million arena, which is a unique private-civic partnership between the city and private donors, also led by Bass.

In his speech, Peter Beck touted the accomplishments of completing a project of this size ahead of its timeline. Serving as General Contractor, The Beck Group joined the project team early, initially building the facility’s parking garage before moving on to the construction of the arena, which began three years ago.

Dickies Arena quickly became one of Beck’s greatest project successes. It is a success mainly due to the strong and collaborative project team, as well as the clever use of technology employed by Beck’s Virtual Building Group. Before beginning construction, the team built a 3D model of the arena to identify construction challenges and propose solutions with its design and trade partners.

Another technology Beck successfully used on the project is drones. Used as enhanced platforms for BIM, 3D mapping, progress monitoring, documentation, and inspection tasks, drones reduced operating times while improving workflows during construction.

Aside from technology, the magnitude of statics like working hours and materials at Dickies Arena is astounding, given all that went into building the space. A unique makers wall inside the facility boasts construction highlights, but here are a few of our favorites:

  • Over 4,000,000 working hours went into building the arena
  • There were 1,000 workers on-site at the peak of construction
  • $850,000 is the average value of work that was in place daily at the height of development
  • We removed 200,000 cubic yards of dirt from the site
  • 87,000 cubic yards of concrete make up the arena
  • There are 2,200 tons of structural steel in the roof framing
  • The arena is made up of 1.3 million bricks
  • The Plaza has over 700,000 brick pavers, 13,000 cubic yards of soil, and 20,500 plants and trees
  • There are 1.2 million pounds of HVAC Ducts and 10 miles of HVAC piping
  • We piped 41 miles of plumbing
  • There are 1.3 million feet of copper data cable in the arena