The Kiel Center is a multi-functional facility in the heart of downtown St. Louis. The $135 million dollar arena can seat up to 20,000 spectators and can accommodate a wide array of events from hockey to basketball, concerts and more.
The facility's size and variety of functions created several unique design challenges, one of which was the construction of the grease duct ventilation system. The task was to shield a horizontal steel-welded duct system used to ventilate cooking smoke and grease from the concession stands and food preparation areas. The lightweight, high performance USG® Shaft Wall System was selected to provide a fire-protective assembly around the grease ducts, which were a potential fire hazard. The relatively easy to install system replaces concrete block and other more complicated gypsum installations, while offering an ideal solution to necessary fire-rated vertical applications.
Construction of the Kiel Center and the razing of the old Kiel Auditorium was completed in just 21 months, compared to the 27 it took to complete the United Center in Chicago.