Rams Stadium Builder Talking With Locals About Jobs

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By Jewel Edwards

July 18 — Turner Construction and joint venture partner AECOM have been selected to build the brand new 70,000-seat stadium for Los Angeles's new professional football team.

Project developer Hollywood Park Land Co. announced July 14 that it chose Turner/AECOM to lead construction and engineering management of the nearly $3 billion stadium where the National Football League's Rams will play.

The developer has estimated that it will take 3,500 construction workers to build the stadium.

Ron Miller, executive secretary of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, July 18 told Bloomberg BNA that the building trades earlier this year finalized a project labor agreement for the stadium with the developer. The agreement includes an “extensive local hire component” to provide jobs to local workers, he said.

“There's no labor shortage here,” Miller said. “Some of the building contractor groups started talking about labor shortages three years ago, but we have enough people here.”

The NFL made the decision in January to relocate the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles. Prior to the move, Missouri and St. Louis officials and construction unions were hoping the NFL would allow the team to remain in St. Louis if the city and state put up some of the funds to build the team a new stadium.

The new Rams stadium is slated for completion in time for the team to begin its 2019 season on the new field.

Local Workers Winning Stadium Jobs

Turner/AECOM was selected as the stadium's construction team partially because of their “commitment to provide substantial employment opportunities for local Inglewood residents,” Hollywood Park Land President Terry Fancher said in a statement.

Proposed Stadiums of the West

Football fans in San Diego, Oakland, Calif., and Las Vegas are also waiting for legislators and NFL officials to call the next play in their cities' own stadium sagas.

The head of the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council revealed in April that construction unions are hoping to build the San Diego Chargers's proposed $1.8 billion stadium if city voters approve the project in November.

Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders could be mulling a move to Las Vegas. Nevada government officials are currently reviewing a multi-billion dollar football stadium proposal from Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Majestic Realty Co.

The PLA on the project also includes a provision to ensure participation from minority-owned business enterprises and a preference for veterans, Miller told Bloomberg BNA.

Turner Construction spokesman Chris McFadden told Bloomberg BNA July 18 that Turner has frequently worked on projects covered by PLAs in different parts of the U.S.

Turner has “engaged with the local community and the local workforce to begin the process of getting people to understand the scope of the project, what the opportunities are, and how to eventually get those opportunities to work on the projects,” McFadden said.

Preliminary construction and demolition work has been ongoing at the stadium's Inglewood site for the past two years, and the next phase of construction is expected to begin in the coming months, McFadden said.

Turner Construction most recently participated in other joint ventures building Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and completing renovation work on First Energy Stadium in Cleveland.

Turner Construction is also finishing up construction on the new Sacramento Kings basketball arena and entertainment complex, McFadden said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jewel Edwards in Washington at jedwards@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jo-el J. Meyer at jmeyer@bna.com

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