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Issues at $1.1B MN Stadium Remain Open

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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While fixes were made years ago to U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis), the issue of faulty zinc panels on the exterior of the $1.1 billion structure has not been put to bed.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority held a closed-door meeting last month, to allegedly discuss costs associated with the repairs.

What Happened

Work was done to the exterior of the stadium in June 2017, after multiple zinc panels were loosened by high winds in a snowstorm the previous December.

Darb02, CC-BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

While fixes were made years ago to U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis), the issue of faulty zinc panels on the exterior of the $1.1 billion structure has not been put to bed.

This was after the authority had already paid several million dollars to replace a moisture barrier after dampness was found on a parapet, prompting an investigation into why water seeped into the building and created puddles in a women's restroom, a concourse and a storage area in the stadium’s northwest facade.

That same year, a leak within a snow gutter system on the stadium required $3 million to fix.

The MSFA proposed replacing moisture barriers on the joints of the building's interior panels, then adding a new layer of Tyvek under the zinc panels to provide extra protection.

In June, Rick Evans, executive director and CEO of the MSFA, said that the organization was in talks with general contractor M.A. Mortenson Co., as well as subcontractor MG McGrath, which did the paneling.

Evans said at the time that MSFA wasn’t sure how much it would cost to remedy all of the problems. He said he didn’t expect the MSFA to pay for any repairs because the facility’s building materials were still under warranty. Meanwhile, though, a Mortenson executive went on record to say that the MSFA would pay for the additional materials.

Total costs for the repairs have never been made public.

What Now

Apparently, the costs are still a topic of discussion years later as the MSFA released a statement after its meeting acknowledging “ongoing mediation over a building issue,” according to the Star Tribune, reporting: “The statement said the MSFA is in ‘confidential discussions’ with ‘multiple parties involved in the design and construction of U.S. Bank Stadium.’ It attempted to quell concerns about taxpayer liability, saying the MSFA would ‘fulfill its responsibility to safeguard the public’s investment in U.S. Bank Stadium.’”

No details about what the discussion was actually about were released, but the authority also said that a resolution is expected to be reached in the next few weeks. Any type of resolve would come to a vote, which would then make the details of the matter public.


Tagged categories: Building envelope; Completed projects; Maintenance + Renovation; Moisture management; NA; North America; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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