Firms Preparing To Submit Bids For New Vikings Stadium

One of the concept drawings of the new Vikings' stadium, provided by architectural firm HKS. - Minnesota Vikings' PR Department

The Minnesota Vikings will soon be announcing who will be responsible for the construction of the team's new football stadium. Bids are due by January 21, which is just one week from Monday, and the team will be naming the company that gets the job on the first day of February.

As it stands now, there are six companies that are competing for the job. Three of them are located in the state of Minnesota, and three are located outside of the state. Those firms are as follows:

Kraus-Anderson, Minneapolis
Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis
Loeffler Construction, Lakeville
Gilbane Building Companies, Rhode Island
Skanska, New Jersey
Hunt Construction, Arizona

After everything that went on during the stadium debate about Minnesota's construction industry being in the dumps (which it is), I'll be surprised. . .and, honestly, a bit disheartened. . .if one of the three non-Minnesota companies gets this thing.

The architect for the stadium will be HKS, a company based out of Dallas. Among their more recent designs are Jerryworld down in Dallas and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which the Wilf's are said to like a lot and want to be an influence for Minnesota's new facility.

(Information from Viking Update was used in the formulation of this story.)

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