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2005 Q Award Recipient

The Home Depot Center

Carson, CA – The 2005 Q Award was presented to high-profile developer AEG for its creation of The Home Depot Center, located in Carson, CA. This was the third annual Q Award presentation, with last year's recipient being the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The annual Q Award is presented by the Alliance for Quality Construction, a Southern California construction trade organization consisting of building trade unions and contractor associations. Each year, the AQC selects an outstanding construction project typifying the integrity and excellence of union craftsmanship.

The Home Depot Center is located in Carson, CA near the intersections of the 405 and 110 freeways. The 125-acre development was constructed on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills. The site includes a 27,000 seat soccer stadium, a world-class 13,000 seat tennis stadium, a 20,000 seat track & field facility, a state-of-the-art indoor velodrome (The ADT Event Center), 18 tournament tennis courts, 12 tournament soccer fields, and a 4-acre natural land and wildlife preserve.

The Home Depot Center is the home of the 2002 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy, Club Deportivo Chivas USA (MLS expansion team for 2005 season) and the U.S. Soccer Federation (national team training headquarters).  The complex has also been designated "official" training sites for USA Cycling, United States Track & Field, the AVP and the USTA, as home of the USA Tennis High Performance National Training Center. The Home Depot Center is also home to Athletes Performance Los Angeles, a nationally recognized training center for elite and professional athletes and is the summer training camp site for the San Diego Chargers (NFL).

Developed and operated by AEG, the $150-million Home Depot Center represents the largest investment in amateur athletics ever made. Whether competing or training, athletes will have the use of world-class amenities including a 3,000-square foot weight room, complete training and locker room facilities as well as dining, housing and other hospitality services.

The Q Award luncheon held on Wednesday, June 15th, at The Home Depot Center attracted nearly 100 government, business, and labor representatives including Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, City of Carson Mayor Jim Dear, Mayor Pro-Tem Julie Ruiz-Raber, and Council Members Elito Santarina, and Harold Williams, and Southern California Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Richard Slawson.

Mark Josten, Construction Manager for the site&Mac226;s general contractor, PCL Construction Services, provided a vivid pictorial overview of the construction of The Home Depot Center. Mr. Josten shared many stories of his cooperation from the City of Carson, the construction trades groups, architects, suppliers, and being able to deliver the vision of AEG.

Following Josten&Mac226;s presentation, the 2005 Q Award was presented to developer, AEG. Accepting the award on behalf of AEG was Kevin Rieger, Vice President Special Projects, AEG. Mr. Rieger graciously spoke about the great cooperation among government, business, and labor to create this world-class sports development. He noted that AEG "pulled out all the stops" when it came to creating facilities tailor-made for competition and training for both professional and amateurs, along with the ability to provide venues for entertainment and special events. He also conveyed his pleasure in providing a sanctuary for the coexistence of native plants and wildlife.

With so many potential construction projects in Southern California, AEG's The Home Depot Center stood above the rest for its ingenuity and cooperation between management, labor and government," said Pam Ackrich, AQC's Chair. "After touring this development, we all realized the enormous task and superb workmanship, management and union labor had undertaken to build this first-class facility. AEG certainly deserves the 2005 Q Award," said Ackrich.

Photo Gallery

(left to right)
City of Carson Council Members Harold Williams and Elito Santarina, Mayor Jim Dear, Pamela Ackrich-AQC Chair, Kevin Rieger-Vice President of Special Projects AEG, Richard Slawson-Executive Secretary of So. Cal. Building and Construction Trades Council, Julie Ruiz-Raber-Council Member, and Mark Josten-Construction Manager PCL Construction Services.

(left to right) City of Carson Mayor Jim Dear, Pam Ackrich-Chair AQC, Kevin Rieger-Vice President of Special Projects AEG, Richard Slawson-Executive Secretary of Southern California Building and Construction Trades Council, and Mark Josten-Construction Manager PCL Construction Services.

(left to right) Pam Ackrich-Chair AQC, Rocky Delgadillo-City Attorney of Los Angeles, Richard Slawson-Executive Secretary of Southern California Building and Construction Trades Council.
Manager PCL Construction Services.


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