Updated: 05/23/2014 1:40 PM
Created: 05/23/2014 7:14 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
The Target Center renovation Design Group has recommended Mortenson Construction to be the construction manager for the renovation. Mortenson Construction built the Target Center originally and have a great deal of familiarity with the building, according to the press release.
Architectural Alliance and Sink Combs Dethlefs have also been selected to lead the design process.
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved the renovation of Target Center.
Initial renderings of what a renovated Target Center will soon look like were released earlier this month during a Minneapolis City Council committee meeting.
The renovations will add more gathering spaces and more premium seating for fans attending Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx games. Upgraded loading docks, lighting and sound equipment will make it easier for concerts to come to Target Center. Updates to the exterior of the building will also be made, including a glass atrium looking over Target Field and over a patio along First Avenue.
The project will cost $97 million in all. Last fall, the city of Minneapolis announced it would pay $48.5 million of that cost, while the Timberwolves and Lynx would pay $43 million. The Target Center operators, AEG, agreed to pay $5.5 million.
Construction is expected to begin over the summer months. The entire project will be done in stages over a period of between 18 months and two years.