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Jun 8, 2016

Target Center Ceremonial Start of Renovation

Minneapolis/St. Paul – A ceremonial event to officially tip off the Target Center renovations will take place on Wednesday, June 8, and include remarks from Mayor Betsy Hodges, Timberwolves CEO Rob Moor, Target Center general manager Steve Mattson and council member Lisa Goodman. They will announce the start of the renovations and swing the first golden sledgehammers in what will become the West Club on the suite level.

“After years of hard work, persistence and collaboration, we are excited to begin this long-awaited renovation of our beloved Target Center,” said Timberwolves CEO Rob Moor. “By renovating Target Center, the Wolves and Lynx are showcasing our commitment to Minnesota and are giving another generation of Timberwolves and Lynx fans the opportunity to enjoy professional basketball in a world-class venue.”

The Target Center renovation is an 18-month project that will impact the fan experience for everyone. From new suite offerings, brand new sound system, stadium lighting, refreshed restrooms, comfortable seating and the largest center-hung arena in the Upper Midwest, everyone who attends an event at Target Center will notice a significant difference.

“We are very pleased to see Target Center’s renovation commence!” said Target Center vice president / general manager Steve Mattson. “As the manager of this iconic venue, AEG Facilities is committed to providing our teams, tours and fans with one of the best arena experiences in the world.  We are very excited to finally break ground on this monumental project!”

“These renovations will preserve and enhance the Target Center as an entertainment venue for decades,” said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. “I supported these improvements to the Target Center to retain the value of the investments we have made over the past 20 years.”

“As a facility owned by the public we have a responsibility to ensure the renovations at Target Center will make the building more functional, usable and quite frankly look better given its key location on the edge of our historic warehouse district,” said city council member Lisa Goodman. “Given Target Center is one of the region’s top venues for concerts, events and home to our own Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves, the building is a workhorse hundreds of nights per year supporting local businesses and providing a growing entertainment tax base. This investment will pay off for years to come.”

Mortenson, in association with Thor Construction, is the construction management team for the Target Center renovation project. Mortenson was also the lead contractor when Target Center was completed in 1990. That project launched Mortenson into the building sports venues across the nation. Mortenson and Thor have enjoyed a close mentor-protégé relationship for over 20 years and have been responsible for building Minnesota sports venues including Target Field, U.S. Bank Stadium, Xcel Energy Center and TCF Bank Stadium. Thor Construction is the largest African-American owned construction company in Minnesota.

“For the past 25 years Target Center has been a Minnesota landmark for NBA and WNBA fans, concert goers and entertainment,” said Dan Mehls, vice president of Mortenson Construction. “We are honored to be a part enhancing its structure to better connect audiences and improve the fan experience.”

About Mortenson
Founded in 1954, Mortenson Construction is a Minneapolis-based, family-owned company that offers integrated real estate and construction services. Mortenson provides a complete range of services, including planning, program management, preconstruction, general contracting, construction management, design-build, and turnkey development. Mortenson has offices in Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Iowa City, Fargo, Phoenix, Seattle and Washington, D.C., with international operations in Canada. More information about Mortenson can be found at www.mortenson.com.