uot;It will have a major glass element but it won’t look like an add-on. It will complement the existing building with some brick components.”
The Ford Center, though, will not be shut down this summer as originally planned.
A handful of projects will be completed this summer inside the Ford Center — new concession stands, two new restrooms on both the concourse and upper deck levels and novelty stands. But major projects inside the arena were completed last summer.
"These renovations will not require us to close the building,” Desjardins said. "We will be staying open.”
Another part of the final renovation project is new floors will be constructed on the 100 concourse level, which will require the Ford Center to be closed for two months in the summer of 2011.
"We’re going with a different floor finish that’s primarily used in Europe but not widely used in the United States,” Desjardins said. "We need more time to touch and feel it and see how easy it will be to maintain.”