U.S. Architecture magazine published an article featuring JA Lillig’s involvement in the construction of the Sprint Arena, in downtown Kansas City. Here are a few excerpts:
“Excavating over 350,000 cubic yards from the very heart of a bustling downtown Kansas City – along with all of the side work that such a project entails – it is a Herculean task requiring years of hands on experience.
General Contractor M. W. Mortenson Co., assigned the task to J. A. Lillig Excavating, Inc, one of Kansas City’s largest Minority Contractors, who brought 21 years expertise to the project.
‘Our crews also did all of the side work at the excavation site,’ the Project Management Team said. ‘This included rock demolition and breaking as well as the structural excavation and street improvements. This was one of our largest and more complex jobs, but Mortenson was easy to work with,’ they added.
President Kristi Lillig noted that complex projects are the norm for J. A. Lillig. ‘We take on the projects that other firms either turn down, or don’t have the expertise to do them.’
Their can-do attitude and performance have lead them to a number of jobs for Turner Construction including a portion of the 130,000 sq. ft. expansion of Bartle Hall Convention Center, Kansas City’s main convention facility. They were also called upon to prepare the site for the new Kansas City Smart Port, being constructed on the site of Belton’s old Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base.”
After the Sprint Arena was completed, Dave Mansell, Mortenson General Superintendent overseeing the Sprint Arena project said about J. A. Lillig: “Far too often I have different experiences when we go into markets where we don’t have a ‘presence’ and get treated as an ‘out of town contractor.’ You made our team a partner and I thank you for that.”