November 21, 2019
Awards & Recognition

Chase Center Team Recognized by San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for Positive Economic Impact

Clark Construction, joint venture partner Mortenson Construction, and the Golden State Warriors have earned a San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Award (Ebbie) in the Building San Francisco category for their role in bringing to life the Bay Area’s premier sports and entertainment complex: Chase Center. The Building San Francisco Award recognizes bricks and mortar projects that further local economic development. The award was presented during the Chamber’s annual Ebbies Awards at the Herbst Theatre on November 14.

Clark and Mortenson delivered the 2 million square-foot entertainment complex in August. The 18,000-seat venue opened this past September and has served as the backdrop for dozens of concerts and Warriors basketball games since. The development also features two 11-story office buildings, an underground parking structure, glass-enclosed broadcast studio, and more than 20 retail locations.

The historic project boasts a number of successes that have set a new benchmark for large-scale construction projects nationwide, including date-certain delivery, a best-in-class safety record, and unprecedented economic growth through jobs skills training and placement for area residents, and opportunities for Bay Area small businesses. Clark and Mortenson worked closely with the Golden State Warriors, and representatives from San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure to maximize the role of small businesses on the project – an effort that resulted in $265 million in construction contracts being awarded to small firms, including 90 small business enterprises, 42 local business enterprises, and 29 minority business enterprises. The project also spurred job creation through its Chase Center Training program. A total of 77 San Francisco residents graduated from the one-of-a-kind workforce development program; 48 graduates were placed in jobs at the project site. Clark and Mortenson also leveraged other pre-apprenticeship training programs to secure project sponsorships for a total of 108 San Francisco residents – five times more than any other project in San Francisco.

Clark’s Community Affairs Director Viki Bamba Chennault joined Chase Center General Manager Kim Stone in accepting the Ebbie Award on behalf of the entire project team.

“For Clark, the real measure of success is the lasting positive impact we have on our communities, both through the physical structures we build and the economic opportunities we create through the construction process,” said Bamba Chennault. “Chase Center is a shining example of the game-changing results that can be achieved when clients, contractors, and city leaders join forces to maximize a project’s economic potential. That is exactly what occurred on this project, and we couldn’t be more proud of the outcome and legacy we are leaving behind.”

Clark also was a finalist for the Chamber’s Economic Development Award, which honors organizations that contribute to San Francisco’s vitality through job creation, opportunity, advancing new industry or revitalizing communities.