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Joint Venture partners Clark Construction Group and Mortenson Construction have been selected by GSW Arena LLC (GSW) to build the Golden State Warriors’ new sports and entertainment venue, Chase Center, in Mission Bay, San Francisco, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2019-20 NBA season.

GSW President, Rick Welts, said:

The Mortenson and Clark team combines the strengths and resources of the top sports and entertainment builders in the nation, with a long and successful history of delivering projects in San Francisco.

GSW plans to build its new state-of-the-art venue on an 11-acre site in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighbourhood. The project gained approvals late last year, and was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors in December.

Joe Lacob, GSW’s Co-Executive Chairman and CEO, said:

This location is a perfect fit. It is an incredibly beautiful site near the Bay, in a dynamic part of the city that is convenient for fans from all over the Bay Area.

The privately-financed project includes a state-of the-art 18,000-seat arena, two office buildings, 100,000sqft of mixed-use/retail space and underground parking. More than three acres – 30 percent of the site – will be plazas, landscaping and other public spaces.

Steve Dell’Orto, Senior Vice President of Clark Construction Group, commented:

This project is going to be the premier venue of its kind. We look forward to drawing upon our 40-year history of building in the local market to provide excellent opportunities to businesses and workers in the Bay Area.

Derek Cunz, Vice President and General Manager of Mortenson’s Sports Group, added:

We have assembled our most innovative, energetic, and experienced team for this project. We are looking forward to delivering on our promise of building the best sports and entertainment venue in the country, and continuing our track record of success by delivering the project on time and on budget.

Local business and worker participation will be a priority for the construction team. Mortenson | Clark is committed to meeting San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure’s (OCII) goals during the construction phase, which include 50 percent SBE firm participation and 50 percent local workforce construction-hiring.

Steve Collins, Chief Operating Officer of the new facility, advised:

The Warriors are committed to using  local businesses and local workers to design, build and operate Chase Center. Already, through the design phase, we’ve awarded 40 architectural and engineering contracts with credits for SBE participation at approximately 50 percent, meeting OCII’s overall SBE goal. The actual SBE participation totals over $8 million, of which nearly 90 percent are committed to San Francisco based SBEs.

As construction begins, Mortenson | Clark will work closely with the city, OCII, and the community to keep local workers and businesses – and the community as a whole – at the forefront of the project.

With the support of GSW, Mortenson | Clark will use outreach initiatives like CityBuild to develop a comprehensive training program for San Francisco residents.

The design phase is currently underway as Mortenson | Clark and GSW Arena’s larger design group work as an integrated team to deliver the project.

Naming rights

With around three years to go before their new Arena is set to open, the Golden State Warriors have reached a naming-rights deal with financial powerhouse JPMorgan Chase, which will see the 18,000-seat arena called Chase Center.

Financial terms were not released, but naming-rights experts said the deal probably exceeds the high-water mark for basketball arenas as set by the USD$200m that Barclays paid to put its name on the home of New York’s Brooklyn Nets.

While naming-rights deals are not typically struck until a venue is well under construction, the fact that the Warriors are financing the arena privately gave the team incentive to strike the agreement sooner.

Images copyright the architect/designer: MANICA Architecture with the renderings by: steelblue

Images copyright the new sports & entertainment venue’s architect/designer: MANICA Architecture, with the renderings by: steelblue

 

With the Kansas State football team set to report on Wednesday for the 2015 season, K-State Athletics has officially opened the new Vanier Family Football Complex, as Wildcat coaches and staff have moved into the building, and football student-athletes were provided initial access to the facility.

Athletics Director, John Currie, said:

It is a great day for K-State as the beautiful new Vanier Family Football Complex is operational and open for our football staff and student-athletes.

This new facility is another example of our commitment to a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience and being a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program, while furthering our position as a leader at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.

We appreciate the flexibility of our staff during this process and also the hard work and hustle of our design and construction management teams, as well as all of our donors, who helped make this project a reality. 

It was truly a team effort, and I know this is a facility that the K-State Nation will be proud of and will be the envy of all other programs.

The 132,000sqft building, completed in just seven months by the construction management team of Mortenson & GE Johnson Construction, and in conjunction with world-renowned sports design firm Populous ahead of schedule and under budget, will provide all Wildcat student-athletes and the entire K-State Nation one of the finest and most efficient facilities in all of college athletics.

Adam Hardy, Senior Project Manager, Mortenson/GE Johnson Construction, commented:

Our ability to finish early and under budget was predicated on a ‘project first’ mentality. Nearly 1,700 craft workers worked through freezing temperatures, torrential downpours, and 60-hour work weeks to make sure the K-State Family would return to a new-and-improved stadium.

The facility provides a new Student-Athlete Enhancement Centre, an 18,000sqft Olympic-quality Strength and Conditioning Centre, and a new sports medicine and recovery facility with state-of-the-art hydrotherapy and recovery pools. The football program will now benefit from new individual position meeting rooms and offices for the coaching staff that overlook Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The team will also benefit from an impressive new football-shaped locker room which is more than twice the size of the previous space.

The new north seating bowl includes enhanced sightlines, ADA seating, the new Carl and Mary Ice Video Board, and is connected to the current west-side stadium concourse for access to entrance gates and stadium concessions and restrooms.

Ben Stindt, Principal at Populous, said:

The Vanier Family Football Complex represents K-State’s commitment to excellence in athletics, academics and the student-athlete experience. The design combines an efficient design with state-of-the-art technology and high-end amenities that will make the complex feel like home for student-athletes, staff and fans. This is the next generation of the training experience and fan experience in collegiate athletics.

Members of the football team were provided their first access to the facility on Tuesday and were all smiles after the tour.

Senior wide receiver, Kyle Klein, commented:

It’s incredible! We had very good facilities before, but this takes it to a whole new level. I feel like we can compete facility-wise with anyone in the country.

“It’s amazing,” added junior running back Charles Jones. “I’m happy to be able to see it, and we’re all excited to move in and get to work.”

Also on hand for the team’s first look were members of the Vanier family, the namesake of the new complex and lead contributors to the facility.

John Vanier said:

The facility is absolutely incredible and something that the student-athletes and fans deserve. I had the opportunity to travel around the country touring other facilities when this process began, and I did not see any other that even compares to this one. It is absolutely the perfect facility and one that every school in the nation would aspire to have.

With the new building now operational on a daily basis as the football staff begins preparations for the season, public tours and visits will not be permitted. Information regarding an open house will be announced following the completion of the football season. In the meantime, fans should stay tuned for more video and photo coverage in the weeks ahead. Details regarding a dedication ceremony of the new Vanier Family Football Complex, which will take place on September 5, will be announced at a later date.

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K-State opens its 120th season of football on Saturday, September 5, by hosting South Dakota. The game, which is slated for a 6:10 p.m., kickoff, will be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV beginning at 5:10 p.m., with the K-State Gameday preview show. Kansas State launched the new K-StateSports.com on July 1, a digital partnership with SportsLabs. Fans will need to re-subscribe to K-StateHD.TV as a new account and can do so now at www.k-statesports.com.

All reserved seating for the first four home games is sold out as the Wildcats close in on a season sellout and run their consecutive sellout streak to 27 games. Additionally, only scattered single seats remain for the Baylor game, general admission tickets are still available for the Iowa State game and a small amount of reserved seating groups are left for the regular-season finale against West Virginia.

Standing-room only tickets are still available for every home game in 2015 with the exception of the Baylor contest, while the best available reserved seating options can be found through Vivid Seats, the official ticket reseller of K-State Athletics. Fans can contact Vivid Seats at www.vividseats.com/k-state or by calling 1-844-545-6702.

Fans can purchase standing-room only tickets and the remaining available seats for the Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia games by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or 1-800-221-CATS.

Although reserved seating is sold out for a majority of the 2015 home games, visiting teams will have opportunities to return unused tickets up to a month prior to their visit. Stay tuned to www.k-statesports.com for information regarding returned ticket availability. All returned tickets will be sold at the full public rate and season ticket wait list accounts will have first opportunity to purchase.