As reported in the article Next Step for Kings: Bids for Professional Services in the July 2, 2013 Sacramento Business Journal, the new owners of the Sacramento Kings professional basketball team are moving forward with plans to build a new downtown arena:
City of Sacramento officials expect Sacramento Basketball Holdings LLC to select by August an architect and perhaps a general contractor or construction manager for early design work for the arena, which could break ground as soon as a year from now. Assistant city manager John Dangberg said the ownership’s arena design development will happen concurrently with gaining the necessary entitlements from the city, including development of an environmental impact report … construction could start next summer with the goal of being completed before October 2016, when Kings would open their first NBA season in a new site. Dangberg said a more detailed construction plan schedule will be developed alongside the EIR process.
Roebbelen Contracting Inc., a Sacramento firm, has announced it would be one of the bidders for the role, in partnership with PCL Construction, which built Los Angeles’ Staples Center, home to the Lakers and Clippers.
Despite the claim in this article that “the game is afoot for locals hoping for a piece of the most high-profile project in recent city history,” some local contractors won’t be inclined to participate because team owners feel politically compelled to impose a union Project Labor Agreement on construction companies working on the project.
The “Request For Proposal For Lead Contractor” issued on June 21, 2013 by Sacramento Kings Basketball Holdings informs prospective respondents that “The Contractor shall also meet and negotiate with local labor regarding a possible Project Labor Agreement for the ESC,” that is, the “entertainment and sports center.” In addition, respondents are asked to “Please describe your experience, if any, with labor on construction projects in northern California including, without limitation, negotiations with labor and the results, the size of the project, and project labor agreements.”
As far back as October 2003, Sacramento construction trade union officials were reportedly alluding to their desire for a Project Labor Agreement on a possible new Kings basketball arena. See my articles about the history of the Project Labor Agreement threat on this project: