Joint venture will build NBA team’s new $800 million arena

The joint venture of AECOM Hunt and Turner Construction will build the Los Angeles Clippers’ $800 million arena in Inglewood, Calif., according to sources familiar with the selection process.

Clippers officials and AECOM Hunt declined comment.

The news comes as no surprise, considering AECOM Hunt’s relationship with the NBA’s Clippers. The firm’s construction group has been consulting for the team for a few years on arena development. Plus, the Clippers selected AECOM’s sports architecture group to design the arena, sources said. AECOM planned Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, which opened in 2016 as the home of the NBA’s Kings.

There are other connections. Wilson Meany, which ran the process for selecting a builder for the Clippers, is the developer for the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District across the street from the Clippers’ site. The 300-acre property includes the NFL stadium for the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. AECOM Hunt/Turner is constructing the stadium, where project costs have escalated to $5.2 billion.

Initially, the Clippers invited 10 contractors to submit proposals. Other finalists were PCL Construction and the joint venture of Mortenson and Clark Construction.

In addition to the 18,000-seat arena, the development extends to a practice facility, sports medicine clinic and retail space. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has targeted the fall of 2024 to open the facility. The team’s lease at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles runs through June 2024.