Steel Shots: Vikings’ New Headquarters Tops Out

The public entrance of the Minnesota Vikings' Twin Cities Orthopedics Center facility is meant to resemble a ship's hull, said Doug Osborn with Crawford Architects. (Photos: Minnesota Vikings)

The Minnesota Vikings celebrated a major construction milestone on their new headquarters -- the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center -- as the last piece of structural steel was installed last month. The 88,000-sq.-ft complex sits on a 40-acre site that anchors the team’s practice facility and offices, which they'll move into next March.

More than 1,300 tons of steel were installed in the headquarters while 2,200 tons were used for the Vikings’ adjacent indoor practice facility (IPF). The IPF stands at a height of 113 ft with a 100-ft clearance to fully accommodate kicking and punting. The roof trusses span 220 ft from north to south and are 12 ft wide at their midpoint. The steel was fabricated by Ted Mannstedt & Sons in La Crosse, Wis. (an AISC member and certified fabricator) and erected by Danny’s Construction Company, Inc. in Shakopee, Minn. (an AISC member). Crawford Architects is the project’s architect, and Kraus-Anderson Construction Company is the construction manager.

To commemorate the steel topping out, construction crews hoisted the final piece of steel, which was recently painted white and signed by Vikings staff and construction workers, into position along with the traditional evergreen tree and American flag. As of May, construction crews have logged more than 80,000 hours on the project and more than 130 workers are on site daily. Of the 38 subcontractors awarded work thus far, 32 are Minnesota-based.

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