Mortenson Among 3 Cos. Vying for Vikings Stadium Contract
Three construction companies—including Minneapolis-based M.A. Mortenson Company—submitted bids Monday to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) to oversee the construction of a new $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
In addition to Mortenson, the firms that submitted bids are Scottsdale, Arizona-based Hunt Construction Group and Skanska AB, a Swedish firm with U.S. headquarters in New York, according to MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.
The MSFA plans to interview the competing firms on Wednesday and intends to select a winner between February 1 and 8, Kelm-Helgen told Twin Cities Business. She declined to disclose each company’s bid price but said that information will be made public once a winning firm is selected.
Mortenson’s portfolio includes Target Field and the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, and the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, among other sports venues.
Meanwhile, Hunt has built a dozen NFL stadiums, including two with retractable roofs, and Skanska has built several NFL stadiums, including the new home shared by the New York Giants and the New York Jets, according to a report by the Star Tribune. Together, Hunt, Mortenson, and Skanska have reportedly served as construction managers for more than 100 sports stadiums and arenas across the United States.
“Clearly, all three firms are very well qualified to do this work,” Kelm-Helgen said.
Kelm-Helgen said MSFA and Vikings officials will consider experience, including that for specialized projects such as complex roof designs, when selecting a firm. They will also factor in the firms’ experience working with targeted businesses—such as women- or minority-led subcontractors—and in hiring a diverse work force, she added.