The Austin FC stadium construction manager and design team have been announced by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), filling key positions as the facility’s planning process continues.
Austin Commercial has been named as the construction manager, with Gensler tabbed as the lead architect, and CAA ICON chosen as the project manager and representative for PSV. Ground is expected to be broken on the 20,500-seat stadium at McKalla Place in mid-September, with the facility slated to open in time for the 2021 MLS season.
“Austin FC is pleased to name the construction and design team that will bring to reality our dream of building a world-class sports and entertainment facility for Austin,” said Anthony Precourt, Chairman and CEO of PSV and Austin FC. “This exceptionally talented team will construct a stadium that our club and city will be proud of, and it will open in time for the 2021 Major League Soccer season. I am excited that this will create local jobs and facilities, for all of Austin to enjoy together.”
“Austin Commercial has been privileged to take part in a number of one-of-a-kind projects that have helped make Austin such a great city in which to live, work and play,” said Brad Brown, president of Austin Commercial. “Because Austin is home to so many of our employee-owners, many of whom we expect will be among Austin FC’s biggest fans, we are excited about the benefits this new world-class stadium will bring. This project will create a significant number of local jobs for the community, and we are committed to utilizing local, small, minority, and women-owned businesses throughout all phases of the project.”
The current cost estimate for the privately financed stadium is $240 million. In addition to the stadium project, PSV has also committed to building a training facility for the club. PSV is also slated to fulfill numerous community benefit pledges designed to address the issues of affordable housing, equity, youth health and wellness. The organization is also planning to build and refurbish soccer fields and increase access to soccer programs, particularly for underserved communities.
Austin Commercial, which is known for some of Texas’s most recognizable structures including, American Airlines Center, Austin-Bergstrom Airport, Baylor McLane Stadium, Long Center for the Performing Arts and Austin City Limits, has had an Austin office for more than 30 years. Austin Commercial will provide overall construction management and general contracting services for the new stadium. The firm, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, has been nationally recognized for its previous work in the sports market.
Gensler has led the McKalla Place project from site planning through the current design. The new stadium will be a setting for entertainment, leisure and outdoor activities for residents and visitors of Austin, when not being utilized for MLS matches. Gensler’s Sports practice, with leadership in both LA and Austin, will oversee the project through construction.
CAA ICON will provide project management services throughout the development, design and construction of the stadium including venue programming and design coordination; budget and schedule controls implementation; and oversight of construction and commissioning activities.
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