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By Jeff Wing
July 15, 2016
Turner Construction and Hunt Construction will be, appropriately, forming a team to build what may be reasonably considered one of the more momentous sports construction projects of the modern age. Though together the two construction giants have built a combined 17 NFL stadiums between them (and in 2010 even briefly faced off in court over a contested project award), the planned mega-stadium in Inglewood, California will be one for the ages. The returning Los Angeles Rams – whose story is the sports version of the Old Testament’s Prodigal Son parable – require an architectural statement that at least matches the grandeur and gravity of their return to LA. This $2.5 billion stadium may just do the trick.
Hollywood Park Land Company made the choice of Turner Construction and AECOM-owned Hunt Construction to build the 70,000-seat stadium in Inglewood, California. The project will be designed by HKS Architects.
At completion the venue will be the largest sports stadium in the world and will almost certainly be shared by either the Oakland Raiders or the San Diego Chargers. Naturally, a project this size will be a robust employment generator in the region.
Sales taxes on construction-related materials are expected to generate $13 million in taxes for Inglewood, according to the city's mayor.
Founded in 1903 by Henry Turner, today’s Turner Construction is a $50 billion company and early adopter of the BIM (Building Information Modeling) construction process. As a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Turner is committed to LEED Certification and broad-based sustainability practices. Turner’s Construction Waste Management plan has reduced the dumping into landfills of construction waste by 1.5 million tons.
Hunt Construction was acquired by AECOM in July 2014, the merger broadening AECOM’s architectural engineering and design portfolio to include Hunt’s construction management expertise. The merger also married AECOM’s 60% offshore business with Hunt’s largely domestic base.
Available plans and drawings suggest Turner-Hunt’s project, already tagged as the Earth’s most expensive sports stadium, will be an edifice to remember. With a footprint about twice the size of Disneyland in Anaheim, the sprawling complex and surrounding parcel will include a reported 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space, around 2,500 actual homes, a 300-room hotel, and 25 acres of parks. Yes, parks, plural. A 19-acre transparent canopy will cover the stadium.
Before decamping for St. Louis in 1994, the Rams played in LA for a half-century, and the team’s return to the City of Angels is throwing sparks like nobody’s business, mesmerizing everyone from journalists to sports historians to cultural anthropologists. Sports fans themselves seem mildly interested, too.
The Turner-Hunt structure reflects the intense radiance of the historic moment, and stands to be one of the more thrilling built environments in the world, architecturally and otherwise; a colossal structure whose outlandish scale and grandeur are a fit with the Rams celebrated return. How often does that happen?
The Turner-Hunt stadium is slated to open for business in 2019. Stay tuned.
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