It’s the kind of scene that makes you stop in wonder Until now, only few have gotten such a front row view of the new Vikings Stadium. WCCO got to go inside the $800 million project Monday afternoon. The pillar, which is the spine of the entire building, will take a year to build.
A major transformation is underway at the site of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Steel girders weighing hundreds of thousands of pounds are getting hoisted into place for the new stadium roof. Hundreds of workers are transforming a hole in the ground to the steel skeleton of the Vikings stadium.
A big crane is coming to help build the Minnesota Vikings new stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and Mortenson Construction say one of the largest cranes in the world will be used to help build the $1 billion stadium. The crane will start arriving at the construction site in downtown Minneapolis Monday morning. The crawler crane will arrive in 70 truckloads over 10 days. When assembled, the crane can lift up to 1,250 metric tons.
Demolition of the Metrodome was put on hold after an unexpected collapse on Monday. Officials say a beam on the top tier of the Dome fell while crews were working on the structure yesterday afternoon.
It’s a milestone week in the demolition of the Metrodome, with crews starting to knock holes in the exterior walls, starting with the northeast corner.
It’s another milestone in the demolition of the Metrodome. On Sunday, the cables that supported the facility’s famous roof were severed as construction crews set off about a dozen explosive charges.
Former state House member Tom Rukavina says he’s annoyed that the new Vikings stadium requires ore from overseas. Mortenson Construction executive John Wood told the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority that some high-grade steel will be imported from Europe. He says officials are ordering from a Luxembourg manufacturer that’s a global provider of the extra-strength steel. Wood says the 7,000 tons of steel that make up the perimeter can be drawn domestically, but even that will probably have only small traces of Minnesota in it.
Backers of the $1 billion Vikings stadium regularly tout the project as an economic driver that will boost the state’s construction industry and rely heavily on Minnesota-derived materials. Construction planners showed last week that those goals are easier stated than achieved.
Workers say what wasn’t installed inside a western Wisconsin hospital put them in danger while doing their jobs. Four CT technologists have filed a lawsuit claiming they were exposed to excess radiation for years at Hudson Hospital. The lawsuit says construction crews installed the wrong glass inside the room where they read the scans. As Hudson Hospital undergoes a $10 million expansion, it’s a small sheet of glass that has shattered the trust of four CT technologists.
Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction is well-known nationally for its sports facilities. It built Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium. Mortenson won the bid with both an aggressive construction schedule, and a hometown discount.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chose Mortenson Construction to build the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
There’s a bit of a hold-up in the plans for a new Vikings stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had planned to choose the builder for the new home of the Vikings by Friday, but now they’re holding off.
Three construction firms submitted bids to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium by Monday’s deadline, including one local company, according to the agency overseeing bidding.
Six firms are vying to manage construction of the $1 billion new Minnesota Vikings football stadium to be built in downtown Minneapolis.
Consider this: The Minnesota Vikings say they’re at the bottom of the NFL in revenue. The cost of a stadium is going up, and their 30-year Metrodome lease will expire. But the year is 2002.