ICON’s team in Berlin was like family. They understood what we needed to design and build a successful venue in Germany and took personal pride in managing every detail. Germany is a challenging environment to deal with building contractors, but ICON developed positive relationships and commanded respect.
Description: 16,000-seat sports / entertainment arena Teams: Berlin Eisbären ALBA BerlinOwner: AEG Architect: J•S•K Architekten
Populous CM/GC: Joint Venture between Müller-Altvatter
and HBM Budget: €165,000,000 Status: Completed - September 10, 2008
AEG extended its global vision of developing elite sports and entertainment venues to include Berlin and once again called on ICON to develop the project and see it through to its realization. Located on 44 acres along the Spree River and the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall known as the EastSide Gallery, the16,000-seat arena was completed on schedule for its grand opening in September 2008 and more than €4.000.000 under budget. The Mercedes-Benz Arena (formally O2 World) is home to the Berlin Eisbären hockey club, Alba Berlin basketball club and is among the busiest concert venues in Europe. ICON selected the architectural team of Populous/JSK and builders HBM/Muller-Altvatter and directed one of the most successful project management achievements Berlin has seen in several decades.
Tim Romani, Principal-in-Charge
- Plan and Organize
- Program and Scheme
- Complete and Commission