MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks announced on Monday, March 21st that Mortenson Construction has been named as the construction manager for the new multi-purpose arena to be built in downtown Milwaukee.
The 714,000-square-foot facility, which is the result of a historic public-private partnership between Bucks ownership, Senator Kohl, and the city, county and state, will anchor a new sports and entertainment district in Milwaukee that will transform 30 acres of vacant land into a new vibrant, urban neighborhood activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses. The Wisconsin Center District, which will own the new arena, recently approved of the selection.
In a statement, Bucks President Peter Feigin said the following:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Mortenson to the team as we continue to transition our collective efforts to transform and revitalize Milwaukee from vision to reality. Mortenson is widely regarded as one of the top sports builders in the world, and their unmatched expertise will be an enormous asset as we get to work this summer constructing a world-class, multi-use facility that will be a source of economic growth and civic pride for all of Wisconsin.”
Mortenson has completed over 160 sports and entertainment projects in the U.S., and is currently constructing the future homes of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings (U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis) and MLB’s Atlanta Braves (SunTrust Park in Cobb County, Ga.). Mortenson has also been tabbed to construct the Chase Center – the future home of the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.
In addition to extensive building experience, Mortenson has a strong reputation for incorporating workforce development and diversity inclusion into their projects. The Milwaukee Bucks have committed to meeting city and county job requirements as part of the arena construction, including 40% RPP and 25% SBE on the project.
Mortenson managed the construction of 1000 N. Water Street, Kilbourn Tower and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Mortenson is currently working with customers including Froedtert, Uline, Kohl’s, Marquette University, Acuity Insurance, St. Camillus, and Kohler Company.
The new Bucks arena was designed by Populous, Eppstein Uhen and HNTB. The team submitted detailed design plans to the city last week and is expected to break ground on the project this summer. To see renderings or learn more about the project, visit bucks.com/arena.