Matt Court is on the Way!

Eugene -- The Matthew Knight Arena is under construction. On Friday, the University opened the construction site to media for the very first look at the Oregon Ducks future home.

The arena will open by the start of the Pac-10 Conference season in December 2010. Currently mass excavation of dirt is underway as well as installation of pilings for the shoring system.

De-wartering wells that pump groundwater from the site or operating along the site perimeter. Construction hours are typically Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with less noisy activity such as workers arriving to work starting at as early as 7 a.m. The reason for this is because the construction company, Hoffman Construction is cognizant that student housing is next door and they want to keep the noise down so students can study.

The $200 million spent on construction will conservatively (according to the University) reap 1.5 to 2 times that amount, or $300 million to $400 million in local economic activity.

According to a media release from the University of Oregon, to date the project has awarded $50,755,000 in total contracts of which 73 percent of the contract value has gone to Oregon companies.

The media release also indicates approximately 95 percent of the construction costs are expected to be paid to subcontractors selected in the competitive bid process.

Currently about 45 workers daily are on the job. Fifty percent of those workers are from Lane County.

As the project continues, up to 450 workers will be on-site.

Hoffman Construction Project Superintendent Adam Bonner discusses the progress of the work.

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