Vikings stadium bid goes to MN-based Mortenson Construction

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MINNEAPOLIS - A company whose name is very familiar to Minnesotans has been awarded the contract to build the new Vikings football stadium.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) announced Friday morning that 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 MSFA 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 was chosen as the stadium's construction manager based on the company's national sports construction experience, local connections, competitive pricing and a proven track record in hiring a diverse workforce.

Officials say 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. "Ultimately Mortenson's experience in building sports venues coupled with their familiarity with the market led to their selection."

The Vikings have announced that they will play just one more season inside the Metrodome. That means home games for at least two years will be played at the U of M's TCF Stadium.

Groundbreaking for the new stadium is planned for October of 2013. The projected finish date for the facility is July 1 of 2016.

Mortenson is the state's largest construction company, and has been at the epicenter of Minnesota's sports scene over the past few years building the Xcel Energy Center, Target Field and TCF Stadium.

The new stadium will be the largest construction project in the state of Minnesota. Mortenson estimates the project will take 4.25 million work hours and employ 7,500 workers.

Company reps say they hope to set the bar even higher for this project than they did with Minnesota's other sports facilities.

Bagley says a large retractable window, wall, roof or some combination are all stadium options. Mortenson Construction will help estimate the costs and a decision will be made in two to three months time. 

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