September 28, 2012 by Sarah M
By Nick Halter
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority today announced that it has selected HKS Sports & Entertainment Group to design the new Vikings stadium.
The Dallas-based firm designed two recently built NFL stadiums, winning the contracts for Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
The MFSA awarded HKS a $34 million design services contract.
While no local firms were among the five bidders for the project, HKS is promising to partner with a local architecture firm and to target minority- and women-owned firms for portions of the contract. An MFSA press release says HKS will hire 11 percent women-owned firms and 8 percent minority-owned firms.
“We are excited to begin our process with the people of Minnesota. We will soon have a local architecture firm as a partner, and are excited to hire targeted businesses to help with our design work,” Bryan Trubey of HKS said in a statement.
HKS-designed stadiums in Dallas and Indianapolis have retractable features. In Dallas, the roof and both walls can open. In Indianapolis, the roof and windows are retractable.
The $975 million budget for the new stadium was only supposed to cover a fixed-roof for the stadium, but MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said the MSFA is hoping to find a way to fund some sort of retractable element.
“I think everyone is committed to try to see if there’s a possibility of doing some sort of retractable feature of some kind,” she said. “(We’re thinking) about potentially a retractable wall that could open toward downtown … as one possibility.”
Kelm-Helgen said she expects the MSFA to pick a construction company in November.
Lester Bagley of the Minnesota Vikings said that once a construction company is picked, more of the stadium details will come into focus. It’s still unclear if the Vikings will have to spend one or two seasons playing in TCF Bank Stadium during construction.
“It’s in everybody’s best interest to try to limit the number of games and seasons at TCF Bank Stadium, but that I think will be more determined over the next few months here,” Bagley said.
HKS, the Vikings and the MSFA will begin a public meeting process on Oct. 15 at Minneapolis City Hall. The groups will meet with the Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee at 4 p.m.
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