A $97 million ‘sensible option’ refurb of Target Center will start as soon as the Minnesota Timberwolves complete their 2013-14 season. The Minneapolis City Council has approved the project terms and a six-member design group will develop separate requests for proposals for an architect and a construction manager at risk to design and build the project. The RFP for design services could be out by the end of the year, with construction starting in 2014. The entire project is expected to last up to two years, with the building remaining open for most of the time. Funding will come from the city ($48.5m), the Timberwolves ($43m), and Anschutz Entertainment Group ($5.5m), the arena’s operator.
The project includes: fan/public spaces – the box office, lobby, stairwell, bathroom, food court and bowl seating upgrades ($27.2m); technology – sound, acoustics, scoreboard, cable, ribbon board and control room ($16.6m); premium spaces and suites – club space improvements on Levels 4 and 5, new club spaces on Levels 1 and 2, and renovation of suites ($13.93m); outside building shell ($13.5m); building operations and back-of-house improvements – energy conservation upgrades ($6.4m); basketball lockers and facilities ($933,000); consultants – architecture and engineering fees and insurance ($9m); project contingency ($6.7m). The Target Center deal keeps the Timberwolves and the Lynx in the building through 2032. Over the life of the deal, the city will spend at least $50m to maintain the building.