Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Construction for the new Vikings Stadium, the Minnesota Multi–Purpose Stadium (MMPS), is on track. Excavation and foundation work is taking place now.
"Our project is moving forward according to plan," chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), Michele Kelm–Helgen, said.
Construction on the 65,000 seat, 1.7 million square–foot facility should be complete in July 2016.
The MSFA has provided the following project update:
–Excavation is nearing 50% completion (400,000+ cubic yards to date of an estimated 850,000 cubic yards of material has been removed)
–Almost 15% of the new stadium's drilled piers have been installed (40 of 300)
–Nearly 3% of the concrete that will be used in the new stadium has been poured to date (2,500+ cubic yards to date of an estimated 100,000 cubic yards total.)
–Underground mechanical and electrical utility work continues.
–Foundational concrete elements are being formed.
–A third tower crane on the southeast corner of the site will be installed mid–April.
MSFA says a large majority of the old Metrodome will be recycled as demolition continues. Demolition is expected to be completed next month.
"We're also pleased that our demolition plan calls for more than 80 percent of the material that is being hauled away to be recycled for renewed use elsewhere," Kelm–Helgen said.
The MSFA has provided the following update on the Metrodome:
–More than 80% of the Metrodome will be recycled
–Metrodome seats that were not sold were recycled: 120 tons (240,000 lbs) of cast iron and 75 tons (150,000 lbs) of High Density Poly Ethylene were recycled and sold to Minnesota manufacturing companies
–80,000 tons of concrete will be recycled for use in other building projects
Metals being recycled include:
–2,500 tons of structural steel have been reclaimed and are being prepped for recycling off site; 2,000 tons of steel remain in the existing structure and will be recycled
–25 tons of precious metals have been recycled
–300 tons of roof cables have been recycled