November 2013 Construction Update

Demolition of the Diamond Products building, which started in July, is nearly complete.  While crews finish removing demolition debris, utility re-routing and grading work will continue through late January.

Veit Companies was been hired as the earthwork/utility subcontractor for the ballpark project.  Workers are beginning the process of remediating contaminated soil on the east side of the site.  This will allow Veit’s utility crew to start working on the sanitary sewer – the deepest utility.  About two weeks after the sanitary sewer installation starts, the water main – the shallowest utility – will be installed.  After about a month, the utilities in 5th Street will have been relocated.  Then 5th Street can be removed and cut down to the seating bowl and playing field subgrade elevation.  This will allow for continued soil remediation and correction across the site north of the former Diamond Products building footprint.  The overall duration for mass grading and utility relocation is three to four months, depending on the weather.

The project is currently exceeding business inclusion goals, which seek to ensure that there is a diverse team working on ballpark construction.

The Saint Paul Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, November 19, to help people learn more about jobs that will be available during the Lowertown Ballpark construction process.

Construction of the ballpark is scheduled to begin in mid-April.