The stadium in Santa Clara is 15-percent complete, but it is already taking shape. Marianne Favro reports.
Construction on the future home of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara is 15 percent complete and remains on track to finish in time for the 2014 season.
About 400 workers, including approximately 75 electricians, are on site daily as the steel framework for the 1.85 million square foot stadium is erected. Nearly 18,000 tons of steel will be used in the project, according to project executive Jack Hill.
Hill, who also led construction of the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium, said about half the steel they will use has been erected. To prepare for construction, over 3,000 foundation piles were drilled at an average depth of 55 feet.
Eventually, the site will employ about 1,100 daily workers -- most of which will be local, according to Hill.
Since ground broke on the $1.2 billion, 68,500-seat stadium on April 19, teams have been working nearly non-stop to meet the self-imposed deadline set by owner Jed York to open by 2014. Initially, construction was a 24-hours-a-day, but has since been scaled back to run from 6 a.m. to midnight, six days a week, Hill said.
The site features over 50 miles of underground pipeline and 17,000 cubic yards of concrete.