The University of Minnesota Athletic Department continues to move forward in the process to being the construction on their new Athletics Village this year with the naming of M. A. Mortenson Company as the Construction Manager for the project. Mortenson is no stranger the the U having constructed several academic and medical buildings for the University in the recent years. Mortenson was also the construction manager for TCF Bank Stadium as well.In being selected by the University form a competitive field of proposals, Mortenson will be responsible for planning and executing the construction of four new buildings on the department's existing footprint at the corner of 15th Avenue Southeast and 5th Street Southeast: the Center for Excellence (home to academic, leadership and nutrition centers), the Football Performance Center, the Football Indoor Practice Facility and the Basketball Development Center. According to the University, Work on the contract will begin immediately, with Mortenson joining the University and its architectural team as they work to complete preconstruction work. Mortenson's preconstruction duties include providing expertise on cost, schedule, construction site logistics and best approach to phasing the construction of the four new buildings. When the project reaches a point where construction can begin, Mortenson's role will shift to executing the actual construction of these new facilities. Its another positive step forward in this project that will greatly improve the Gophers athletic facilities.