M.A. Mortenson Tapped to Manage Construction of New Vikings Stadium

September 28th of 2012 kicked off a major milestone in the selection process for which companies would be partnering with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings to build a new NFL stadium. Architectural and design firm HKS Architects out of Dallas, TX were selected.

On Friday, another major decision was made when the MSFA and the Vikings chose construction firm Mortenson Construction, headquartered in Golden Valley, MN. Mortenson has great experience with building local stadiums as they were the builder for TCF Bank stadium and Target Field.

Lester Bagley, VP of Public Affairs for the Vikings said it wasn’t an easy decision, “but we’re glad to be partnered with the hometown team.” Mortenson will be teaming up with another local builder, THOR Construction to meet the aggressive and tight timeline of the 2016 NFL season.

This move rounds out a good portion of the resources needed to begin the project and ground breaking is expected October 2013. The new Vikings stadium needs to be ready to use by July 1st, 2016, otherwise there are stiff penalties. One of those penalties is $5M for every missed NFL game after the projected opening.

John Wood, VP of Development for Mortenson said, “That won’t happen. We’re on a tight timeline which starts as soon as this press conference ends.”

Over the next 60-90 days there will be some key decisions made regarding design, retractable roof and if the Vikings are going to be playing at TCF Bank Stadium for two years.

“We’re being told by our architects that it is increasingly difficult to meet timelines if the Vikings play at the dome for the 2014 season,” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chair of the MSFA. That is now creating speculation that next season could be the Vikings final season at Mall of America Field.

Earlier in 2013 the subconsultants below were selected to support HKS by providing a broad range of services such as civil engineering, landscape architecture, accessibility issues, interior design and exterior design, mechanical, electrical and plumbing. These firms are all based in Minnesota and are minority or woman owned businesses.

The associate architects selected are Vikings Stadium Consortium; Studio Hive; Studio Five; Lawal, Scott Erickson Architects, all located in Minneapolis.

The structural subconstultants are Palanisami & Associates of Eden Prairie; Chase Engineering of New Prague.

The mechanical, electrical and plumbing subsconsultants are Coastwise Fireguard of Webster; Elert & Associates of Stillwater; TMC of Shorewood; M-P Consultants of Minneapolis.

The civil engineer subconsultant EVS of Eden Prairie is also contracting with MFRA of Plymouth; Pierce Pini of Blaine; HTPO of Eden Prairie; SEH of Minnetonka; and Greenway Consulting of St. Paul.

The landscape architect is Osland and Associates of Minneapolis.

The accessibility consultant is Ed Roether Consulting and his local subconsultant partner is Robert Juarez of Minneapolis.

The vertical transportation subconsultant is the Elevator Advisory Group of Apple Valley.

Make no mistake about it Vikings fans, the fun is about to begin. Soon, our new home is going to take shape, turning what has been fantasy into our reality.

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Founder and author of SavetheVikes.org. Born and raised in MN, Cory has been a lifelong Vikings fan. Season ticket holder, stop by and see him in section 218! cory.merrifield@savethevikes.org