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/ Colorado State Stadium: Rams Charge Back to Campus /

laborated on a number of sports venues. “We spent a lot of

time as a team looking at what options were available.

“For a $220 million project, a 20-month schedule is super

fast,” Hodge says of the challenges. “It’s a combination of cast-

in-place, precast and steel, so it’s a challenge to schedule.”

But the schedule was maintained throughout construc-

tion, and part of it was the team’s vast experience building

sporting venues, he adds. ICON and Populous are both fo-

cused on stadiums and arenas for professional and college

teams, and Mortenson has built more stadiums than any

other contractor, including such marquee projects as the

Minnesota Vikings new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

and the Golden State Warriors under-construction Chase

Center in San Francisco.

But Colorado State Stadium was a special one for Morten-

son, says Hodge.

“We’re extremely active with CSU. I think we have 75 or 80

alumni” – including the project engineer, Cameron Moss, a

former tight end for the Rams.

Beyond the alumni connection, the multipurpose vision

distinguishes the project, he adds.

“They looked at it as not just a football stadium, but a cata-