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.
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