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August 12, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Two other Husky Stadium proposals revealed

Following a public records request from The Seattle Times, the University of Washington has revealed the two other bids that were submitted to renovate Husky Stadium.
The two bids were:
1, AEG Development (Developer); Icon Venue Group, Mortenson Construction, Populous (Architects); and CSL International (Sports Revenue Consultants). That group estimated a total project cost of $279 million.
2, Keating Project Development, Inc. (Developer); Perini Building Company with Sellen Construction, HKS Sports & Entertainment with SRG Partnership, Inc. (Architects); Shiels Obletz Johnsen (Associate Development Manager); Hillis Clark Martin and Peterson (Permitting); and IMG College (Marketing and Sales). That bid came with an estaimated total project cost of $400 million.
AEG is a Los Angeles-based company whose web site boasts of involvement in a number of sports projects, including The Staples Center.
Keating Project Development Inc., is a Philadelphia-based company.
As detailed in this story, UW chose a bid led by Wright Runstad & Company of Seattle at an estimated cost of $250 million.
However, it is cautioned that the bids aren’t necessarily apples-to-apples comparisons as each came with different timelines for renovating the stadium, differing methods of construction, differing facilities that might be included, etc. In essence, they each didn’t offer the same thing for the same price.
A school press release said that the winning bid includs the complete demolition and reconstruction of the lower bowl and Southside upper stands. It also says that the track will be removed, and the field lowered four feet to bring seating closer to the playing surface and improve sightlines.
The statement also said that a state-of-the-art football operations facility including team meeting rooms, recruiting facilities and coaches offices will be incorporated into the west end of the stadium. Premium seating opportunities, including 25 suites, 25 loge boxes, and over 2,500 club seats, will be built into the facility. Overall seating capacity is expected to remain similar to the current capacity of 72,500.
The Wright Runstad bid still must be approved by UW President Mark Emmert (a process expected to happen in the next few months) with construction set following the 2011 season (or a little sooner, if necessary, as detailed on the blog a couple days ago). Schematics of the winning proposal, however, are not yet available but will be revealed in the fall.

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