Reporter Rochelle Olson updates you on the construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Last of the Metrodome rubble gets hauled away at 1 p.m.

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: April 17, 2014 - 10:14 AM

The final goodbye to the remains of the Metrodome is set for 1 p.m. today.

After 49,100 truckloads of debris and 15,800 hours of work,, Frattalone Cos. will roll the final load off the site - ahead of schedule.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says more than 80 percent of the Metrodome will be recycled, including the steel. Some 80,000 tons of concrete will be recycled for other projects.

Of the seats not sold to fans, 120 tons of cast iron and 75 tons of high-density polyethylene were recycled.

Three hundred tons of roof cables are being recycled, 4,5000 tons of structural steel are being preppd for recycling and 25 tons of precious metals have been recycled.

The demolition started with the roof deflation Jan. 18. Frattalone's demolition work was required to be completed by May 15.

"This is the first contract that has been completed on our way to the new stadium. It's a major milestone for the project," said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.

The new $1 billion Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium will be almost twice as big as the Metrodome and is to open in July 2016. It will be the new home of the Minnesota Vikings.

Construction of the 65,000 seat facility is visibly moving forward.

Final pieces of Metrodome get hauled off Thursday

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: April 16, 2014 - 12:53 PM

At 1 p.m. Thursday, the Metrodome will be history as its remaining rubble is hauled off the construction site of the new Minnesota Multipurpose (aka Vikings) Stadium.

Only a couple of piles of rubble remain in the giant pit that was once the site of Metrodome. (Go on, now, Dome haters, and call it the "End of an Error.")

Fittingly, the milestone removal of the remaining Metrodome rubble comes in April, the same month the dome opened in 1982.

Once the rubble is hauled away, Frattalone's work on the site is done - earlier than expected. Construction plans envisioned the demolition and excavation stretching through the entire month of April.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority plans a news conference Thursday to commemorate the occasion with views of the pit for cameras and reporters.

Construction of the $1 billion stadium was in full throttle Wednesday even as the snow flew and the Minnesota Twins game was canceled. Time is money on a construction site.

Concrete pilings already are on the eastern edge of the site and a horizontal concrete slab has been poured on what was once the Metrodome's parking lot.

The new stadium will be nearly double the size of the Metrodome. To get some perspective: The *lowest* part of the roof on the new stadium is as high as the tallest crane currently on the construction site.

TCF Bank Stadium getting torn up for Vikings' renovations

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: April 14, 2014 - 11:26 AM

TCF Bank is the latest stadium in town to get the teardown treatment.

The Gophers' Spring football game took place Saturday. Now the stadium's turf is being ripped out as part of $6.6 million in renovations for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. 

The removal is expected to be complete by Friday.

The Vikings no longer have a place to play because the Metrodome is gone. The site is now a giant hole and construction project for the team's new Multipurpose Stadium.

The TCF turf is being replaced with a "hydronic heated field" for the Vikings in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The new field "will ensure a safe playing surface" for the purple, according to the team's public relations crew.

Other enhancements for the Vikings: Increased storage space throughout the stadium, heating in various areas, concession upgrades and temporary bleachers to accommodate 2,000 more fans. The total capacity at TCF Bank for the Vikings will be above 52,000.

The Gophers' stadium was built for a fall football season. The Vikings play in December and aspire to play in January. Many of the renovations are required to keep TCF Bank from being damaged by the colder weather.

The $6.6 million price is part of the $1 billion being paid by taxpayers and the Vikings for the new Multipurpose Stadium on the Metrodome site.

The Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium is expected to open for the 2016 Vikings' season.

First dump of concrete comes on loading dock this week

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: April 9, 2014 - 12:00 PM

It won't get much deeper than this. The site of the former Metrodome is now a giant hole of dirt awaiting its future as the new Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium. (With the Minnesota Vikings as the primary tenant.)

On Friday, the hole takes its first dump of a horizontal pouring of concrete. The concrete will form the lid of the loading docking.

Next week, comes a major dump: the pouring of the stadium's main concrete concourse.

The new stadium is set to open in 2016. Until then, it's a constantly evolving project with progress visible from the street..

The entire downtown east area of Minneapolis currently seems to be in teardown mode. Along with the new stadium, two parking lots formerly owned by the Star Tribune are being ripped up.

Job fair for new Vikings stadium Thursday

Posted by: Rochelle Olson Updated: April 3, 2014 - 10:51 AM

"We're building a new stadium. You're invited to help."

That's the headline on a pamphlet for a job fair today (Thursday) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St. in south Minneapolis.

Everyone is welcome, but the construction of the new Minnnesota Multipurpose Stadium also needs to meet goals for hiring women, minorities and veterans as well as residents of certain inner city neighborhoods.

Job candidates don't need to be fully trained already. The MSFA is recruiting people who are already skilled in the trades AND those who want to get training "in only 20 weeks."

The new $1 billion stadium is expected to open in 2016. Some 7,500 workers will be onsite over the life of the construction.

The Metrodome already has been torn down.

For more information call 612-377-0150 or visit www.saoic.org and click EAD (Employment Assistance Firm.) Summit OIC Academy is coordinating recruitment.

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