NBA's Hawks award construction contract for Philips Arena renovation

The Atlanta Hawks NBA basketball franchise has announced that Atlanta Joint Venture (AJV) has been awarded the construction contract for the renovation of the team’s Philips Arena.

The Hawks announced earlier this month that Philips Arena would undergo a $192.5m (£155.1m/€181.5m) revamp after the team signed an 18-year lease extension to remain at the facility until 2046.

The renovation will transform the arena’s luxury boxes, while different-size suites, connected concourses and a state-of-the-art video system will also form part of the plans.

AJV is made up of four leading US construction companies: Turner Construction Company, AECOM Hunt, SG Contracting and Bryson Constructors.

Turner Construction Company is the controlling partner of AJV and will provide project management services and support staff. Turner has worked on a host of stadium renovations in the past, including Madison Square Garden, Littlejohn Arena, First Energy Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium.

Pre-construction efforts will be led by AECOM Hunt, which will provide on-site field supervision during the development process. AECOM Hunt has worked on 15 NBA arena projects in the past and is currently involved in the development of Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will serve as the home of the Falcons, the city’s NFL American football team, and Major League Soccer expansion franchise Atlanta United.

SG Contracting and Bryson Constructors will both provide on-site management services and support staff.

“Our goal is to transform Philips Arena into a venue that embodies the spirit and connectivity of our great city,” Hawks chief executive Steve Koonin said. “We are fortunate to work with these respected industry leaders who understand Atlanta, share our passion for innovation and also place a high value on diversity in their work.”

HJ Russell & Company, an Atlanta-based construction management firm, will work with Legends Project Development on the project management team.