Vikings Announce Minnesota Based Company to Build Stadium

By KBJR News 1

Vikings Announce Minnesota Based Company to Build Stadium

February 15, 2013 Updated Feb 15, 2013 at 11:21 AM CST

st. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The construction company behind Xcel Energy Center and Target Field is now taking on the project of the year.

Earlier today, MSFA and the Minnesota Vikings announced that Mortenson Construction has been chosen as the construction manager that will build the new multipurpose stadium for the team.

Mortenson Construction was selected over a joint partnership of Arizona-based Hunt Construction and Minneapolis-based Kraus-Anderson Construction.

“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 says that their workforce will be 100 percent Minnesota based since 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.”

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.

"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."

Back in May, the Minnesota Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council approved funding for the new $975 million stadium to replace the Metrodome.

The new stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2016 NFL season.

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