Hunt awarded construction contract
INDIANAPOLIS—Forest City Ratner Companies has awarded Hunt Construction Group the construction contract for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The cornerstone and the first building of the larger Atlantic Yards development, the Barclays Center will be a 675,000 SF sports and entertainment arena, featuring 18,000 seats for basketball and 19,000 seats for concerts, 104 luxury suites, public concourses on two levels, a suite level club restaurant, and an adjoining basketball practice facility. Designed by Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects, the Barclays Center will be constructed using a structural steel superstructure frame with structural precast seating bowl and a weathered steel rain screen facade.
The Barclays Center, which has already commenced construction, will host more than 200 events a year including professional, collegiate, and scholastic sporting events, concerts, family shows, and community activities. Upon its completion, the Barclays Center will be home to the NBA’s Nets, Brooklyn’s first major professional sports team since the 1957 departure of the Dodgers.
“Hunt is extremely proud to be a part of this historic endeavor, and is excited about serving as the design-builder,” stated Ken Johnson, Executive Vice President for Hunt.
“We are thrilled to be working with Hunt Construction Group on building what will be a world-class sports and entertainment venue in Brooklyn,” said Bruce Ratner, Chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies. “Hunt has an outstanding construction team that has built many of the best sporting venues in the country. We are excited to team with Hunt for the Barclays Center and to bring major professional sports and entertainment back to Brooklyn.”
Sporting a resume of over 100 sports/event center facilities across the nation, Hunt is consistently ranked by Engineering News-Record as the nation’s top builder in sports, and has captured the number one spot in four out of the last five years. Most recently, Hunt has completed Nationals Park (home of MLB’s Washington Nationals), Busch Stadium (home of MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals) and University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals). Currently under construction is the Amway Center (future home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic) and Consol Energy Center (future home of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins).
Hunt’s New York project portfolio continues to grow with some of the most recent projects including Citi Field (home of MLB’s New York Mets), Southwest Airlines renovations at LaGuardia Airport, and the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Natatorium and Ice Rink.
Established in 1944, Hunt has provided over 65 years of construction expertise, making its mark in virtually every major industry. With offices established nationwide, Hunt currently maintains a contract volume of between $6 and $8 billion of work, and is ranked 27th in the Top 400 Contractors list. Hunt continues to provide services to its clients with a strong emphasis in green building and building information modeling/virtual design and construction.
Several opportunities are available to compete for the remaining trade packages throughout 2010. Please visit the project Web site at www.barclayscenter.com on a frequent basis to learn the latest updates or visit www.huntconstructiongroup.com to learn more fascinating information about Hunt.