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New contractor for Seattle Arena redevelopment

Mortenson is replacing Skanska-Hunt as general contractor for the Seattle Center Arena redevelopment project.

OVG-Seattle’s arena project team, led by its senior construction executive Ken Johnsen and CAA ICON, said the joint venture between Skanska and AECOM Hunt, will step away as contractor. The arena will host an NHL franchise. Johnsen said:

Mortenson’s local Seattle office spent five months leading pre-construction efforts on the arena project and is very familiar with our approach and goals.

Skanska-Hunt helped launch us, but I felt this project needed a dedicated single source team and we have mutually agreed upon a change. Mortenson is the nation’s pre-eminent arena builder and they are poised to complete this project in time for the Seattle Storm’s 2021 season. This decision is based on Skanska-Hunt’s construction priorities as well as the busy Seattle construction market.

Mortenson is one of the top three sports builders of the past 10 years, with more than 170 projects throughout the world.

With 30 years in the sports industry, the construction company is behind many of the facilities that make up the nation’s sports and entertainment landscape.

From Super Bowl-ready NFL stadia to fan-enhancing renovations, Mortenson has a long history of redefining the ultimate arena experience, which is a priority for OVG-Seattle.

Tim Romani, CEO, CAA ICON, said:

A transition back to Mortenson is the right move for the project at this time. We have great regard for the Skanska-Hunt team and appreciate the significant work already done. They are working in concert with Mortenson to ensure a seamless transition and this project will be indebted to them for their early work and efforts. The current project timeline and approach has not been impacted by this decision.

Meanwhile, Rockwell Group will work in partnership with Populous, the previously announced Architect of Record and designer of leading sports and entertainment venues, to provide world-class architecture and interior design services, specifically to the arena’s four club areas and suites.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 5, 2018 at the west plaza of the arena. Pre- construction and initial construction efforts are ongoing.

The arena is expected to cost between $800 and $850 million and is being paid for by private funding. Other construction partners previously announced include CAA ICON, Populous and local labour partners.