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Mortenson selected as contractor for new D-Backs/Rockies spring complex

Mortenson, which has worked with the Arizona Diamondback on renovations to Chase Field and project architect HKS on Camelback Ranch, will be reunited with the pair on the construction of the new Diamondbacks/Colorado Rockies spring complex.
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has announced the selection of a general contractor to develop and build a multi-purpose spring training facility that will house both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in spring 2011.

Through a selection committee, the SRPMIC has selected Mortenson Construction as the general contractor for the spring training complex, which will be built west of the Loop 101 Freeway and north of Indian Bend Road.

"Mortenson is honored and excited to work with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Colorado Rockies to bring a world-class spring training facility to the northeast Valley," said Ron Wilson, general manager of Mortenson's Phoenix office. "Mortenson has a long history of developing world-class sports facilities across the country and here in Arizona, and we look forward to working with all the project partners and owners."

Mortenson Construction's recent projects include Glendale's Camelback Ranch facility, built for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. Other Arizona projects include the All You Can Eat Seats, installation of the high-definition Daktronics scoreboard and multiple suite renovations at Chase Field; Big League Dreams Sports Park in Gilbert; ASU Weatherup Basketball Practice Facility in Tempe.

Nationally, the company's other notable sports projects include Coors Field, Denver; FedEx Forum, Memphis; Sprint Center, Kansas City; ShoWare Center, Kent, Wash.; Downtown Louisville Arena, Louisville; Target Field, Minneapolis; University of Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis; and Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul. "Mortenson Construction has a great breadth of experience as contractors for major sports facilities that will ensure a dynamic and top-quality project for our partners and for baseball fans that will come to our Community for spring training in 2011," said Martin Harvier, vice president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. "We look forward to working with them to build a spring training home for our Major League partners and to develop the very best sports facility in the Valley."

Construction of the 11,000-seat capacity ball park will begin in coming weeks with a formal groundbreaking in the middle of November 2009. As part of its design, the spring training facility will feature 12 practice fields and office buildings with Major and Minor League clubhouses, training facilities and offices for each team.

"The construction of the complex will provide a much needed boost to the local construction economy. Mortenson anticipates the project will utilize dozens of local subcontractors and generate several thousand construction jobs," Wilson said.