The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Minnesota Vikings have finally made their big announcement: Mortenson Construction will serve as the construction manager that will build the Vikings’ new multi-purpose stadium in Minneapolis.
Mortenson, based in Golden Valley, Minn., was competing with Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Hunt Construction, in final interviews for the job. Michele Kelm-Helgen, the chairman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said in a written statement that Mortenson offered competitive terms, a local presence and a history of successfully building sports and entertainment facilities.
According to information provided by the authority, Mortenson has built more than 100 sports and entertainment facilities across the country.
“We were lucky to have the best in the business bid on this project,” Kelm-Helgen said. “In the end, we have a great local team with Mortenson.”
Not surprisingly, officials with Mortensen were thrilled with the decision.
“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, in a written statement. “This stadium will be built for Minnesota by Minnesotans.”
The new stadium becomes the largest construction project in Minnesota. According to Mortenon, it should take about 4.25 million work hours and 7,500 workers to complete the stadium.