Graybar Provides Game-Changing Services to the Builders of Minnesota Vikings' New Home: U.S. Bank Stadium

Minnesota Vikings New Home U.S. Bank Stadium Case Study

Opportunity

In 2013, two Twin Cities-area electrical contractors, Gephart Electric and Parsons Electric, combined resources to bid on the largest construction project in Minnesota history — U.S. Bank Stadium — the new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The joint venture, Build 23, marked the 23rd stadium project between the two contractors.

When Build 23 was awarded the electrical preconstruction contract, it turned to Graybar, a leading distributor of high-quality electrical, communications and data networking products.

Solution

Located just two miles away from the stadium site, Graybar Minneapolis provided a unique advantage to Build 23. When construction of the stadium began in early 2014, Graybar’s close proximity meant that the company’s fleet of trucks could bring material from the nearby service center, pick up material from the Minneapolis warehouse and then make deliveries to the jobsite, ensuring material arrived on time and as needed.

“We chose Graybar based on our relationship, past performance and close proximity to the project,” said Parsons Senior Project Manager Jace Erickson. “Having a distributor right in your backyard on a project of this magnitude is extremely important to be successful.”

Over the course of the project, Graybar supplied switchgear, lighting, wire, cable, fiber, fiber connectors, racks, cabinets and more for the stadium. But Graybar’s role went well beyond supplying the necessary materials.

With limited jobsite storage, Build 23 utilized Graybar Minneapolis’ warehouse to stage and store material for the switchgear, including more than 750 panel board tubs. Material was shipped directly from Square D by Schneider Electric to a local specialty switchgear manufacturer and women-owned business, and then to Graybar to store the hundreds of pallets of material until needed at the jobsite.

“We provided a solution so that the contractors didn’t have to take everything on site all at once,” said Graybar Minneapolis Branch Manager Brett Wilson. “We took the bulk of the material and stored it in our warehouse, delivering to the jobsite as required.”

Graybar Minneapolis also dedicated space in its warehouse to store lighting orders, including racking, floor space and a prefabrication area.

Workers from the contractors’ teams set up shop in the warehouse to unbox fixtures, assemble parts and pack the preassembled material into crates, while Graybar coordinated the jobsite delivery for easy installation. Empty crates were then taken back to the warehouse to be refilled, and all of the cardboard was eventually recycled.

Graybar’s wire and cable management services helped Build 23 save time, money and material by performing more than 4,500 wire cuts on more than 91 miles of feeder cable for the project.

Graybar did a fantastic job in delivering our feeder cuts in a timely manner without incident, and sometimes on very short notice.
 

Scott Corey | Gephart Senior Project Manager

 
Minnesota Vikings New Home U.S. Bank Stadium Case Study
Minnesota Vikings New Home U.S. Bank Stadium Case Study
Minnesota Vikings New Home U.S. Bank Stadium Case Study

Working closely with Parsons Technologies, a division of Parsons Electric, Graybar also helped with the data communications side of the project, providing 1.5 million feet of cable, 125,000 feet of fiber, more than 4,000 fiber connectors and a combination of more than 75 racks and cabinets — as well as warehouse space for staging, wire-cutting and kitting.

Results

Completed in July 2016, the 1.75 million-square-foot stadium features 66,200 seats (expandable to 72,000 for major events), 131 premium suites, 8,200 club seats, retail space, concessions and a hall of fame museum. Nearly 30 stories tall at its highest point, the stadium has seven levels, two concourses with views of the bowl, a roof structure that is 60 percent transparent and five 95-feet high pivoting glass doors.

The stadium also holds two of the largest and highest-quality HD video boards in the NFL. Thanks to a 30-year relationship with Daktronics, manufacturer of the scoreboards, Graybar also provided components for both video boards.

In addition to being home to the Minnesota Vikings, the stadium will also play host to concerts and high school and college sports, as well as other civic, community and not-for-profit events. Major events already scheduled include Super Bowl LII in 2018 and the NCAA Final Four in 2019.

“We are extremely proud of the part we played in the building of this new landmark,” said Graybar Minneapolis District Vice President Tom Pratt. “All of those involved worked tirelessly to provide the best possible service and solutions to make this project a win for our customers.”

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