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Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Vikings Announce Construction Manager

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SIOUX FALLS S.D. (KWSN) - The MSFA and the Minnesota Vikings announced today that Mortenson Construction has been chosen as the Construction Manager that will build the new multipurpose stadium.  The announcement was made at a special meeting of the Authority. 

Final interviews and negotiations had been conducted with two firms who submitted proposals: Hunt Construction, based in Scottsdale, Arizona; and Mortenson Construction based in Golden Valley, Minnesota. 

“We received proposals from excellent construction companies, and we were lucky to have the best in the business bid on this project,” said Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.  “In the end, we have a great local team with Mortenson, they wanted this project and offered us very competitive terms.  They have built over 100 sports and entertainment venues and are one of the most respected sports facilities builders in the United States.”

Mortenson Construction was chosen as the Construction Manager because they have national sports construction experience, local connections, offered the most competitive fee, have staff experience with operable roofs and a proven track record in hiring a diverse workforce.  Mortenson’s workforce will be 100 percent Minnesota based as they are a Minnesota company.

“We are extremely confident with our selection of Mortenson,” said Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development. “This was a competitive, fair process that brought forward some of the most qualified construction firms in the country. Ultimately Mortenson’s experience in building sports venues coupled with their familiarity with the market led to their selection.”

"We are honored to be selected as the construction manager for this tremendous project in our home town," said John Wood, senior vice president at Mortenson.  "This stadium will be built for Minnesota by Minnesotans and it will have a significant economic impact in the local community.  We look forward to beginning work on the project immediately."

The new stadium is the largest construction project in the state of Minnesota.  Mortenson estimates that the stadium construction project will take 4.25 million work hours and employ 7,500 workers.  To ensure that the stadium is built on time and within budget, Mortenson has announced their experienced project team.

Key personnel who will be working on the stadium project include: 

John Wood:  Principal in charge. Experience - Target Field in Minneapolis, MN; Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN; Target Center, Minneapolis, MN; FedExForum in Memphis, TN; Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO; and Minneapolis Convention Center and Expansion, MN.

Brent Leiter:  Construction Executive.  Experience - Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL; Nationals Park, Washington, DC; Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, FL; Bank Atlantic Center, Sunrise, FL.

Dave Mansell: General Superintendent.  Experience - Target Field, Minneapolis, MN; FedExForum, Memphis, TN; Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO; Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN; Pegula Ice Arena, University Park, PA.

Steve Laurila:  Senior Project Manager for the roof, structure, enclosure and operable elements for the stadium.  Past projects have included: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN; Amway Center, Orlando, FL; Conseco Field House, Indianapolis, IN; Pegula Ice Arena, University Park, PA.

For the stadium project Mortenson Construction has formed an association with Thor Construction.  Thor is Minnesota’s largest minority-owned business and has worked with Mortenson on numerous projects, including Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium, and Xcel Energy Center.

Courtesy Minnesota Vikings

Today on Sports Talk with Craig and Chris, Director of Corporate Communications for the Minnesota Vikings Jeff Anderson talked about the decision to hire Mortensen Construction, the impact on the Minnesota economy, and the timeline for the new Vikings stadium.




 

 

 

 

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