PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The first phase of a big facelift to the Cumberland County Civic Center is about halfway done.
Work on the renovation project is moving right along on schedule despite a couple of Winter storms the construction crew has had to deal with.
The remodeling of the Free Street entrance is the first phase of the project. When its done crowds will enter the building from the street level, instead of walking down stairs. The entrance will be handicapped accessible with an elevator inside the doors. A brand new sign highlighting events will run across the top.
"There's been a lot of lead up work to that and a lot of paperwork and you see the drawings and everything, but now to come out here and see it actually physically in place at least the beginnings of it it's pretty remarkable", said Neal Pratt Chairman of the Civic Center Board of Trustees.
While work on the first phase has been underway, it's been business as usual there with AHL hockey, concerts and other shows.
But that will all change at the end of April when the building will shutdown entirely for four to five months as crews move their work inside. That work includes construction of some new luxury suites and clubs seats, new restrooms and an expanded area for large trucks to move equipment in and out for shows. The hope is that and the other renovations will attract bigger names to the building.