MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - About 30 percent of the exterior panels of US Bank Stadium must be removed to fix water damage linked to leaks in the snow gutter system. The damage will cost about $3 million to $4 million, which will be covered by the stadium contractors and designers.
The US Bank Stadium signs will have to be removed to access the damaged vapor barrier. The metal exterior panels themselves are not damaged.
John Wood of Mortenson showing us where US Bank Stadium water leaks are - on outside panels of snow gutters. pic.twitter.com/6vfnOcVBjk— Rob Olson (@RobOlsonFOX9) February 19, 2016
The snow gutters on the future home of the Minnesota Vikings are designed to catch snow as it melts off the roof, keeping it from falling off the building. The snow is funneled into a catch basin that has a heating system, and the water is drained out through a gutter system.
Deal reached for cost overruns
At Friday morning’s Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority meeting, it was announced that the authority will pay $16 million in project cost overruns. The MSFA already has the cash on hand to cover the $16 million, and the agreement settles a mediation claim by Mortensen Construction.
The MSFA estimates that the cost overruns could reach as much as $29 million by July, when the stadium is scheduled to open.