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Bemidji Regional Event Center: First truss going up today

The first of three super trusses for the Bemidji Regional Event Center will go up today.

Kraus-Anderson officials said this week that the process for installing the truss - the smallest of the three - is expected to begin at 7 a.m.

"This is a milestone in the construction of the event center," said Greg Judge, the project superintendent.

Work at the BREC site may be viewed from First Street East in a city lot east of the Glass Shack. The public is invited to view the installation of the trusses at the viewing area, which will be available for public viewing throughout the duration of work at the site.

Additionally, a webcam may be found online at

"It should be kind of exciting to watch those trusses going into place," said City Manager John Chattin.

The smaller truss is 130 feet long. The other two, which are expected to be installed at 7 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, are 267 feet long, according to Kraus-Anderson.

The trusses will support the roof of the BREC and still allow for an unobstructed view of the arena bowl, according to Kraus-Anderson.

The super trusses, according to Kraus-Anderson:

- Are each made of 400 tons of steel, which require 28 truckloads for complete delivery.

- Utilize 30 tons of connector plates, some of which weigh 9,000 pounds and are 4.5 inches thick.

- Require the use of 14,000 bolts. Drilling the holes for the bolts took six weeks, with workers working (on shifts) seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

- Will be set using 550-ton crane and a 300-ton crane.