Skanska-Hunt, a joint venture between Skanska and Aecom Hunt, has been selected by OVG-Seattle and NHL Seattle as general contractor for the redevelopment of the Seattle Center Arena, US.
Construction on the largest private investment in the history of Pacific Northwest sports and entertainment will commence in 2018.
Other partners of the project include CAA Icon (developer representative and project manager), Populous (architect) and Labor Partners.
The project team is working with the City of Seattle to complete the permitting and approval processes.
Previously, Skanska had built several sports and entertainment venues, including MetLife Stadium, University of Portland Beauchamp Recreation Center and University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium expansion/renovation.
Aecom Hunt has built more than 150 sports facilities and its recent projects include Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Philips Arena in Atlanta; Little Caesars Arena in Detroit; and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Skanska executive vice president – general manager Kevin McCain said: “The Skanska-Hunt team is incredibly excited to join the team for this iconic project.
“We believe that this is more than just a redevelopment of Seattle Center Arena and will become a world-class urban arena that will serve the Seattle area and its diverse communities.
“We take great pride in the opportunity and look forward to partnering with this team to produce a one of a kind facility for generations to come.”
The redeveloped Seattle Center Arena will be built using modern engineering techniques to deliver a building that will be suitable for hockey, basketball, concerts and other entertainment events.
The new arena will feature an interior of up to 750,000ft², almost double its current size, and will also meet LEED standards and preserve the current historic and iconic roofline.
Aecom Hunt senior vice president Tim Smith said: “Seattle Center Arena is an important landmark and we’re thrilled to partner with Skanska to bring this renowned facility into the twenty-first century.
“Together, we’ll provide unparalleled sports building expertise, deep local connections, and the latest in construction technology to deliver Oak View Group’s inspiring vision, revitalizing the area and creating a premier destination.”
The new Seattle Center Arena will hold more than 140 events every year, with a goal of becoming one of the top 10 music venues in the country.
Image: Seattle Center Arena. Photo: courtesy of AECOM.