$2B Intuit Dome Takes Shape in CA

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2022


The National Basketball Association’s $2 billion Intuit Dome arena for the Los Angeles Clippers is reportedly making headway in Inglewood, California.

According to reports, the arena’s concrete frame was recently topped out by the AECOM-Hunt Turner joint venture. The milestone comes six months after the facility’s first foundation was poured.

About the Project

First announced in February 2019, the NBA team put out the call for three contractors to build the new privately funded arena and mixed-use project. However, responses to the new development weren’t all welcoming.

In fact, a lawsuit was filed by Madison Square Garden Entertainment—who owns the nearby Forum venue—claiming that if the Clippers built an arena, it would violate a development agreement with the city. As a response, the Clippers filed a countersuit asking the court to validate its negotiating agreement with Inglewood, which refers to a $1.5 million three-year understanding with the city for the exploration of 46 acres of land. According to reports, about 27 acres would be returned to the city.

The project was also sued by the Uplight Inglewood Coalition on allegations that the deal violated California state law—more specifically, the California Surplus Land Act, which requires that public land be prioritized for affordable housing developments.

Despite the backlash, Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer announced that August that the city would be moving forward with the 900,000-square-foot NBA arena. During construction, the project was estimated to create 10,000 jobs and more than 1,500 permanent jobs once completed. Local hire components for the work are expected to make up 30% of the construction jobs available, while 35% of available arena jobs will also be filled by local residents.

While the arena’s design was created and revealed by AECOM, Anderson Baker Architects and City Design Studios of Los Angeles were responsible for designing the plaza buildings. Hood Studios of California is expected to provide landscape architecture.

In July 2020, city council unanimously approved the project’s environmental impact, overcoming one of the last remaining hurdles prior to launching construction. The approval came just weeks after Ballmer purchased the Forum from Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. for $400 million.

As part of that deal, MSG agreed to end its legal battles with the proposed arena. According to the Los Angeles Times, the day after the deal closed, five lawsuits against the project were also dismissed.

Around the time of the announcement, the complex was expected to generate roughly $286 million in annual economic activity in addition to $190 million in new tax revenue from 2020-45. The revenue was slated to help support various city services such as schools, libraries and parks, as well as police and fire stations.

In September 2021, crews officially broke ground on the arena and entertainment complex.

About the Design

Inspired by a basketball net, the new arena will feature a three-dimensional oval shape covered in a mixture of diamond-shaped solar panel tiles and a metal cladding system. The system was chosen to contribute to the arena’s LEED Gold certification and status as a net-zero emitter of greenhouse gases. Plans to achieve this status also include a combination of carbon offset credits and sustainable design features.

According to reports, the arena will house up to 18,000 seats and include what are being called “sky gardens,” which are indoor/outdoor food and drink areas, available from every concourse. Other components of the 28-acre site include:

  • An 85,000-square-foot athletic training facility;
  • 71,000 square feet of office space;
  • A 25,000-square-foot sports medicine clinic;
  • 63,000 square feet of retail spaces;
  • A public plaza featuring a supersized LED screen and concert stage;
  • Several basketball courts and an outdoor-game viewing area; and
  • A 150-room hotel.

The complex is also slated to feature a multi-purpose plaza, restaurants, educational facilities and parking to accommodate 4,125 vehicles.

What Now

In a press release issued by Turner last month, the company announced that concrete work had topped out at the LA Clippers' future home: Intuit Dome.

To celebrate the milestone, the joint venture team joined LA Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer, LA Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Intuit’s Director of Sponsorships, Danielle Roark and Senator Steven Bradford, to place handprints in concrete.

According to Turner, more than 200,000 hours of work performed by 350 workers went into completing the concrete frame.

“What our construction team has achieved in the last six months is incredible,” said Rames Sundaram, Project Executive at Turner. “Our first foundation was poured on January 12th and our last deck pour is on July 27th. So, in just six short months, we have completed what normally takes nine months of work. Really amazing!”

During construction, crews placed 65,000 cubic yards of concrete and 6,600 concrete mix trucks deliveries were completed. The largest foundation pour was 2,572 cubic yards and the largest deck pour was 980 cubic yards.

To date, the amount of concrete placed could fill 7,000,000 NBA basketballs, 19 Olympic-sized swimming pools, or build a 340-mile-long sidewalk from Inglewood to San Jose, California.

“Our construction team maintained an impressively safe environment and excellent quality control through the construction of concrete frame. This enabled us to start steel erection on the date promised to the client more than two years ago when we were planning the project” said Michael Marchesano, Vice President at Turner.

Upon completing the concrete foundation, crews began installing the steel frames of the structure, which have already begun to reveal the oval shape of the arena.

The Intuit Dome is expected to reach completion in advance of the 2024-25 NBA season.

   

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