Ceremony marks progress in building Hall of Fame Village
CANTON The final steel beam is in place for the Constellation Center for Excellence office building at the Hall of Fame Village, powered by Johnson Controls.
Members of Canton-based Iron Workers Local 550 installed the beam on Tuesday morning. The traditional ceremony saw a beam equipped with an American flag, a Christmas tree and a union flag hoisted on top of the building under construction near the west area of the Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium.
This is the first new building on the HOF Village campus under the second phase of development. Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Co. took over development last year and started the second phase of construction for $ 300 million.
The 75,000 square foot building will house the offices of the NFL Alumni Association, a research partnership involving Aultman Health Foundation and other organizations. Plans call for the east side of the building to anchor the Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium scoreboard.
Construction began in September and the work was to take 18 months.
William V. Sherer II, business manager of Local 550 and chairman of Canton City Council, said 20 union members were working on the project for Cleveland-based Kelley Steel Erectors.
“Our community needs this to happen,” said Sherer, noting that the HOF Village project is a sign of future growth for Canton.
Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment officials are excited about the progress being made at the site, said Anne Graffice, executive vice president of public relations. “This is a great indication of the continued progress of our village project for our community and a sign of many more to come. “
The second phase includes the remodeling of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in downtown Canton and work on a plaza at the east end of the stadium. The hotel opened in November as construction on the stadium continues.
Construction of a shopping promenade and a 180-room hotel is slated to begin later this year on a property north of the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
A football-themed water park and other buildings are also part of the second phase. Plans call for the completion of phase two by the end of 2023.