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Minnesota Stadium Facilities Authority Announces Plan To Include Women, Minorities And Veterans In Stadium Construction

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 8, 2013 – 2:00 pm

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority passed the much anticipated Construction Services Agreement Equity Plan today. The plan outlines how the Construction Manager will engage women, minorities and veterans in the building of the new stadium.

The plan is a continuation of the equity efforts that began during the design phase. For the Design Services Agreement, the Authority and the Minnesota Vikings adopted goals of 11% and 8% women and minority inclusion respectively. The Authority announced the majority of the subcontractors who are fulfilling those goals at its last meeting on January 18, 2013.

“The Authority and the Minnesota Vikings have developed this comprehensive plan with public input. As we build this new stadium we want to ensure we include communities of color, women and veterans,” stated Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. “Our goals are aggressive, and this stadium project is going to leave a legacy of successful companies and individuals with lifelong careers.”

The Targeted Business (TB) goal will be 20% – 11% women owned businesses and 9% minority owned businesses. Only contract work performed by Minnesota firms will be counted towards this Targeted Business goal. The workforce goal is to include 32% minorities and 6% women in all hours worked on the stadium project. The plan also addresses the need to include Minnesota veterans in our outreach and employment efforts.

“The Governor and legislators saw the construction of the new stadium as an economic development tool,” added Chair Kelm-Helgen. “Our board will ensure that targeted businesses and the workforce are Minnesota companies and Minnesota workers.”

“The Vikings and the Authority are committed to ensuring a diverse and talented work force on this project,” said Vikings Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Warren, a member of the Stadium Equity Review Panel. “We have worked hard to put together a comprehensive equity plan – one that will focus on outreach, recruitment, training and employment of all Minnesotans and will ensure inclusion of minorities, women and veterans.”

More specifics from the Equity Plan:
— The Equity Plan calls for the Authority to contract with an Employment Assistance Firm which will focus on specific stadium workforce needs and preparing the diverse workforce of tomorrow.
— The Plan specifically outlines how the Construction Manager will report their efforts to meet the TB goal and workforce goals.
— A Stadium Equity Oversight Committee will be established as a public meeting where the Construction Manager will periodically report progress on minority, women and veteran goals.
— An outreach strategy that includes Minnesota veteran owned businesses and inclusion in the workforce is an important part of the Plan.
— The Authority will work closely with the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Minnesota Department of Administration to help the Construction Manager and Subcontractors with the reporting of Targeted Businesses and Workforce numbers.

“The Association of Women Contractors is very pleased with the Equity Plan,” said Barb Lau Executive Director of the AWC. “We strongly support the 20% Minnesota Targeted Business inclusion in the plan. We are confident that through the leadership of the Authority and the Vikings, we will meet or exceed this goal.”

The Authority also confirmed that they are negotiating with two of the three firms who submitted bids: Hunt Construction and Mortenson Construction.

About the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA)
In May 2012, the Minnesota Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council approved funding for the new $975 million multi-purpose stadium to replace the Metrodome. The new stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2016 NFL season. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), which currently owns the Metrodome, will own and operate the new stadium. MSFA is also responsible for the design and construction of the new stadium.


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MSFA, Vikings Continue Evaluating Architectural Firms

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 14, 2012 – 12:15 pm

Together with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the Vikings continue to evaluate the five architectural and engineering firms that submitted bids to design the new multi-purpose stadium in Downtown East Minneapolis.

Last week representatives from each of the firms made their pitch to members of the Vikings, including team owners Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf, and the MSFA. The public then had an opportunity to hear directly from the firms and see their previous stadium projects in an open house at Mall of America Field last Thursday, September 6. Now it is up to the Vikings and the Authority to jointly select the firm that will best design this State asset.

“We are very impressed with the knowledge, the expertise and the creativity of the five firms that presented their proposals last week,” said Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “Each of the firms is highly qualified and remains in contention for this project. We are completing our due diligence on all five candidates to ensure we select the right team to design this stadium.”

Included in the analysis is a look at each firm’s most relevant experience and qualifications, particularly with respect to multi-purpose venues, NFL requirements, sustainable design, cutting edge technology, and inclusion of women and minority-owned businesses. The final decision will take all of the evaluations into consideration and will involve significant discussions between the Authority and the Vikings. While the selection of an architect will open the door to concepts and a vision for the new stadium, for now the focus remains solely on making the right decision.

“The Authority and the Vikings are spending the necessary time to review and select the best architectural team for the stadium and are anxious to move forward to keep the project on time and on budget,” said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. “We only have one chance to do this, and we want to ensure we select the right team to build this stadium that meets the needs of the community, the Vikings and all users of the facility.”

The final selection is expected by the MSFA’s next meeting on Friday, October 5.

 

Vikings Submit Bid to Host Future Super Bowl
Recently the Vikings submitted a bid to the National Football League to host the 2018, 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl at the new stadium. The issue will not be voted on by NFL owners until the spring of 2014, but the Vikings will immediately begin working with the City of Minneapolis, the business community and Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors association, to aggressively pursue bringing this major event to our market.


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MSFA, Vikings Introduce 5 Architectural Firms Bidding On New Stadium

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 6, 2012 – 4:45 pm

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings introduced Minnesotans to the five architectural firms bidding on the State’s new multi-purpose stadium tonight at Mall of America Field. Representatives from AECOM, Ewing Cole, HKS, HNTB and Populous gave attendees a look at their firm’s previous sports projects before allowing guests to ask questions in an open house setting.

“A top priority for us as the public body has been to keep the people of Minnesota informed throughout the stadium design and construction process,” said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. “Tonight’s event was a perfect opportunity to introduce Minnesotans to some of the top stadium architects in the world and give the public a sense of the expertise these firms can bring to the project.”

“This is a critical moment in the stadium process,” said Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “Selecting an architect is a paramount decision to ensuring this stadium works for the State, the Vikings and our fans. We have no doubt each of these firms can deliver a first-class facility for Minnesota.”

Each of the five firms will have a chance to present their proposals to the Stadium Authority and the Vikings in the coming days. The joint selection of a stadium architect will take place later this month, after which the vision for this multi-purpose facility will begin to take shape.


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Five Firms Submit Bids to Design New Vikings Stadium

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 31, 2012 – 3:11 pm

Thursday’s deadline to submit design proposals for the new Vikings stadium resulted in five bids from nationally-recognized architectural and engineering firms. All five of the following firms have previous NFL stadium design experience:

AECOM (Ellerbe Beckett): Based out of Los Angeles, AECOM designed CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. The firm also oversaw the renovation of Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.

Ewing Cole: Philadelphia-based Ewing Cole partnered with 360 Architecture to design MetLife Stadium, the $1.6 billion home of the New York Jets and New York Giants that opened in 2009.

HKS, Inc.: HKS has designed two of the most recent NFL stadiums – Lucas Oil Field (Indianapolis-2008) and Cowboys Stadium (Dallas-2009). In 2008, the Dallas-based firm worked with the then-Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and the Vikings on a new stadium outline for the Metrodome site.

HNTB, Corp.: Kansas City-based HNTB designed the San Francisco 49ers new home in Santa Clara – the most recent NFL stadium currently under construction.

Populous: Formerly known as HOK Sport, Kansas City-based Populous has extensive experience with facilities in the Twin Cities, having designed Target Field, Xcel Energy Center and TCF Bank Stadium.The firm’s recent NFL stadium experience includes University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona-2006), Gillette Stadium (New England-2002) and Reliant Stadium (Houston-2002).

Each of the five firms will have a chance to present their proposals to the Stadium Authority and the Vikings in the coming weeks. The Authority and the Vikings will be looking for creative elements that make this stadium unique to Minnesota and provide the game day experience Vikings fans deserve.

Fans will have a chance to see the firms’ previous projects next Thursday, September 6, on Mall of America Field beginning at 5:00 p.m. At this event, which is open to everyone, the public will get a chance to hear from design teams from the world’s top stadium architects.

The joint selection of a stadium architect will take place in mid-September, after which the vision of the new home for Vikings football will take shape.

We will keep you posted on the latest stadium developments, including an architect selection in the coming weeks. Thank you for your continued support, and as always, send your questions and comments to minnesotamomentum@vikings.nfl.net.


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Vikings Representatives Visit 49ers New Stadium Site And Sales Center

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 10, 2012 – 5:29 pm


Several Vikings executives took advantage of tonight’s first preseason game in San Francisco by spending the morning at the 49ers new stadium construction site and corresponding sales center in Santa Clara. The 49ers, approximately two years ahead of the Vikings and the stadium project in Minnesota, expect to open the facility in time for the 2014 season.

With construction in Santa Clara well underway, the excitement among the 49ers fan base is building. In order to give fans a true feel for the new home, the 49ers opened a sales center near the construction site. Vikings officials toured the interactive space that includes a full mock suite and a complete model of the open-air stadium. Similar to Minnesota’s new stadium, the 49ers facility will boast much wider concourses, a significantly larger footprint and many new fan amenities. During the tour, fans get eye-opening comparable views of the 49ers current Candlestick Park to corresponding areas in the new Santa Clara facility. One particular point of interest for team executives was a touch-screen map depicting all the various transportation routes from fans’ homes to the parking lots at the new stadium.

Vikings fans can expect a similar setup in Minnesota in the coming months and years. With an RFP set to be issued for an architect in the coming week or two, the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) are quickly moving ahead to ensure the project opens on time and on budget in 2016.


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Stadium Authority Formed, Design Process Begins

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 19, 2012 – 6:39 am

Ribbons weren’t cut and shovels didn’t enter the ground, but progress continues to be made in the quest to build a new football stadium in Minnesota.

The most recent step forward is a significant one and came last Thursday, as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak appointed a five-person stadium authority. The new governmental body will be called the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), and it will oversee the construction and operation of the new stadium in Downtown East Minneapolis.

Comprised of three appointees by Governor Dayton and two selections by Mayor Rybak, the following five individuals will lead the largest public project in state history:

Governor Dayton’s Appointees
Chair – Michele Kelm-Helgen – Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Dayton’s Office
John Griffith – Executive Vice President of Property Development, Target Corporation
Duane Benson – Former State Senator, business executive and NFL linebacker

Mayor Rybak’s Appointees
Dr. Barbara Butts Williams – Dean, Capella University
Bill McCarthy – President, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

The five-person Authority will immediately begin to meet with all stakeholders to ensure the new stadium is built to fit the needs of the State of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis and the Vikings. The next step in the process is to establish a design and construction group made up of representatives of the MSFA and the team.


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Minneapolis City Council Formally Approves Vikings Stadium By 7-6 Vote

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 25, 2012 – 10:19 am

After the Minneapolis City Council’s Committee of the Whole approved the building of the new Vikings stadium by a 7-6 margin during a Thursday meeting, the full Council approved the project by the same margin — 7-6 — on Friday, meaning the project has now passed every possible hurdle and is full-steam-ahead.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the stadium bill into law earlier this month after it passed both the House and the Senate, and this approval by the Minneapolis City Council was the final step in the process.

The city of Minneapolis will pay 15 percent of the total cost, which is roughly $150 million.

Next up in the process will be the creation of the new Stadium Authority.  Three members will be appointed by Gov. Dayton and two by Minneapolis Mayor Mark Dayton.  The Vikings will then begin working with the authority on the design of the stadium and hiring an architect.  That process will take roughly 10-12 months and the ground-breaking taking place next spring or summer.


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Minneapolis City Council ‘Committee of the Whole’ Approves Vikings Stadium By 7-6 Vote

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 24, 2012 – 12:35 pm

The Minneapolis City Council’s Committee of the Whole approved the building of the new Vikings stadium by a 7-6 margin during a Thursday meeting.  This vote must be ratified on Friday morning but today’s passage is considered to be indicative of tomorrow’s formal vote.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the stadium bill into law earlier this month after it passed both the House and the Senate, and this approval by the Minneapolis City Council was / is the last step in the process before it’s full steam ahead on the design and construction.

The city of Minneapolis will pay 15 percent of the total cost, which is roughly $150 million.


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Stadium Bill Passes Both House and Senate, Awaiting Signature Of Gov. Dayton

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 10, 2012 – 12:53 pm

After years upon years of battling and waiting, the dream that so many within the Vikings organization, its fan base and the State of Minnesota shared has come true. The Vikings stadium bill has officially passed both the House and the Senate, and now is awaiting the signature of Governor Mark Dayton.

The Senate passed the legislation early Thursday afternoon by a 36-30 margin, setting the stage for Governor Mark Dayton to sign it into law and for the Minneapolis City Council to approve.

Thursday’s outcome in the Senate marks one of the most historic days in the history of the Vikings franchise, as it paves the way for the Vikings to remain a part of the culture of fabric of Minnesota for many generations to come. Many thanks go to Vikings fans, who’ve been persistent and passionate about making their voice heard. Huge credit also goes to Governor Dayton, bill authors Representative Morrie Lanning and Senator Julie Rosen and their staffs, and everyone else at the State Capitol who supported this legislation.

More to come soon, so stay tuned to vikings.com.


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Great Debate! Stadium Legislation Advances Through Senate

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 8, 2012 – 10:43 pm

For the second consecutive night, a huge step was taken at the State Capitol toward reaching resolution on the long-standing stadium issue.

Stadium legislation passed the Minnesota Senate by a 38-28 margin late Tuesday evening. Passage in the Senate on Tuesday followed passage in the House of Representatives on Monday evening by a 73-58 margin.

Tuesday night’s result sets the stage for the conference committee portion of the process. Several amendments were attached to both the House and Senate bills, and the conference committees will reconcile the bills.


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