During the initial stadium design proposal, HKS agreed to a $400,000 contract for the designs to the project, but, upon review, the company stated that the scope of the design was beyond what it had bid for and came back with a proposal of $1.08 million to complete the project in April.
The MSFA said, “Wait…what?!” to the new proposal and opted to open the plaza project to others bidding. Two other bids were received, but both were higher than the HKS bid, so it approved the project. The overall cost for the Plaza West project is estimated at $5.4 million.
Vikings Executive Director of Communications Jeff Anderson said Friday that, while the plaza project approval was the biggest portion of Friday’s MSFA agenda, there were a couple of other milestone items Anderson pointed out.
Mortenson Construction announced that the project is now 65 percent complete and well on its way to meeting the July 29, 2016 date for turning over the keys to the facility. The Vikings also agreed to pay an additional $700,000 to cover the costs related to LED lighting fixtures, signage supports and costs related to a skyway connection to the north of the stadium.
The giant crane that has been part of the landscape of the project will begin being dismantled next week as the structure gets closer to being fully enclosed. While we’re still a year away from the opening of the stadium, it would appear that it is coming closer to fruition every day and that, as things stand, it will come in on time for a summer 2016 grand opening.